1) Really? So the people hired to work in the plants aren't receiving any economic benefit (aka, getting PAID) to work there? *scratches head*
PS. If that's your argument, neither does ANIMAL EUTH which happens DAILY in kill shelters. Do dogs and cats not matter anymore? Or are you just mad cuz it's a horse, and you don't have to think of the thousands of puppy bodies piled up daily?
2)Yes. Yes it does. Desperate broke people do desperate things...like dumping dying horses in parking lots in Cali...
3) Yes, it is. But Temple Grandin (sp?) said that it can be MADE humane. And btw, how is that any worse than killing cattle.
Do you eat meat? ANY meat, that you don't kill yourself? Guess what...probably died "inhumanely".
So what's your take on HOW TO FIX THIS?
Don't stop slaughter, stop the IDIOTS that keep breeding horses for no reason except to have a CUTE BABY, or fancy mutts just to sell on their local Craigslist. FIND A SOLUTION instead of complaining all over the internet and finding ways to stop slaughter and make the problem WORSE!!!!!!
I am so sick of pro-slaughter people dragging dogs and cats into the issue. It is a completely different situation. The euthanasia (humane or otherwise) of cats and dogs in shelters does not compare to horse slaughter. The euthanasia of dogs and cats does not provide economic benefit to anyone. Horse slaughter is all about money. Many of the horses sent to slaughter can be used.
The solution to the unwanted horse problem is BANNING slaughter. With horse slaughter being banned, there will no longer be a dumping ground for irresponsible breeding. According to sales records from the Old Holland Livestock Auction (one of the largest slaughter auctions in the country), immediately following the ban on horse slaughter, there were less "loose horses" (what the horse industry considers unwanted horses) at the auction, and those horses were sold for more money. A majority of the horses sent to slaughter come from owners who have the resources and intelligence to sell the horses they send to slaughter, or even keep them. They merely choose slaughter because it is the easier route. If they took responsibility, the rescues which try and save the horses could focus on the horses who are from owners that cannot afford the horse anymore. The truth is, most of the horses sent to slaughter do not come from the backyard breeders who think the horse is cute. They come from the racing industry, PMU ranches, and breeders who breed on a large scale. Only 1% of America's horses are sent to slaughter. That number is less than the number of breeders in the US. If each breeder just bred one less horse, that would remove the same number of horses as slaughter, but without encouraging the irresponsible breeding. Banning slaughter will remove the incentive to breed without though of the repercussions of their actions. It will make owners take responsibility for their horses and find proper homes for them.
Regarding the people getting paid to work, there were only 178 employess in all THREE slaughter houses that were running in the united states. The benefits of their income is greatly offset by the negative economical impacts on the towns where the plants are located, on the rest of the meat industry, and on the horse industry.
She said it could be made humane through all the regulations she proposed, but the truth is, those regulations are not going to happen. The constant video monitoring that she mentioned is not going to happen (she mentioned that undercover video footage showed very different treatment compared to the treatment of the animals when she visited the slaughter houses. Also, she said head restraint should not be used in horses receiving the blow from the penetrating captive bolt. This decreases accuracy of the blow, thus causing horses to not be rendered unconscious with the first blow. As horse meat is not going to be consumed in the United States, it will have a lesser priority for governmental funding regarding inspections than plants that process beef and other meat.
Horse slaughter is different from that of cattle. The heads of cattle are restrained during the administration of the penetrating captive bolt. This is not the case with horses. Also, the penetrating captive bolt was designed for cattle, whose brains are located anterior to that of a horse. This makes the blow far less effective when administered to horses.
I eat meat, yes. We have chickens that we raise and butcher ourselves. They are butchered humanely.