I have a question... How does a pro-slaughter individual "rescue" horses from a kill buyer when, in their eyes, horse slaughter is humane? That's pretty contradictory if you ask me. In their eyes, isn't it good that these horses are going to slaughter? Why would you try and prevent that?
Those horses aren't diamonds in the rough, they are just slaughter-bound horses who have been given care and attention, and it shows. A majority of their rescues from slaughter were young horses at the time of their rescue (under the age of 10). All of their horses at the rescue are sound at least for light riding. Many of them are fit for medium to heavy work. All of their horses are either trained, or capable of being ridden (some are too young and haven't begun training yet). According to a USDA study, 92% of horses sent to slaughter are in good condition. These aren't sick, lame, OR skinny horses. The "bleeding-heart" rescues don't have to be the only ones getting horses bound for slaughter. If people just realized the potential money from training previously slaughter-bound horses (yes, I have done the research and have spoken with multiple owners of previously slaughter-bound horses), then we wouldn't have the issue. The truth is, the old, sick, and injured horses don't go to slaughter. In fact, horses who are unable to bear weight on all four legs, or who are blind in both eyes aren't even allowed to go to slaughter.
I told myself I wasn't going to get involved with this thread, but THIS irked me.
Just because we're pro slaughter does NOT mean that we can't rescue slaughter bound horses. There has to be an outlet for all of these "unwanted" horses. Otherwise, where would we put them all? There simply isn't enough interest in the horse economy for every horse to be rescued. Do YOU want to look after them all? A horse is a potential thirty year commitment, and with the amount of horses there are in the world, people can't afford to look after THAT many horses.
According to a USDA study, 92% of horses sent to slaughter are in good condition. These aren't sick, lame, OR skinny horses.
Well, sorry to tell you, but the USDA is misinformed. How often do you hang around the slaughter houses? ANY horse goes. Just because you look at a young horse and it appears
to be healthy, doesn't mean that there aren't fatal underlying issues. I can't tell you how many horses being rescued from Greely, Olex and Camelot have been reported to have health issues, a few have died or been euthed.
Here in Ontario the price of hay is very expensive and people can no longer afford to keep their horses, and no one can afford to buy, therefore no horses are being sold. What would you have done with all of the horses that people can't sell. For a lot of these people slaughter is becoming the only option, that doesn't make them bad people.
We're simply at a point in time where it is becoming very difficult to own horses. If you want to find a fix to these problem, then I say have at, but I'm telling you right now, eliminating the slaughter houses will make it one hundred times worse.