This is why I left this place.....
Okay firstly, in 2013 EU regulations will not allow any horse over the age of six months that does not have a FULL and complete medical history to be slaughtered. We are sending toxic horse meat that can cause serious illness in children, pregnant mothers and people with compromised immune systems. We slaughter horses that have been treated with MANY substances that are banned for horses intended for slaughter. The same reason why we stopped using horse meat in dog food in the 70s. Why even take that risk?
So in 2013 all the over bred Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds... etc will not be eligible. What does this mean? Has anyone else noticed that we've had a shortage of hay? Why? Because we are shipping our hay over to Asia in the empty containers that they send their stuff over on. The pro-slaughter groups plan to start breeding slaughter specific horses, partly because they think there will be some huge market for it here even though the majority of Americans would not eat it, which will mean that we will require more hay to feed these animals that shouldn't be here as Americans don't raise their animals for meat. Which will make hay more expensive (even though the price has doubled where I am) and raise the prices on milk, beef and have a reverse effect on the neglect cases. Which is one of the things pro-slaughter claim is a reason we need horse slaughter. Which... is kind of odd because we still have the slaughter option.. it has not went away. I'm wondering if everyone has come to realize yet that the majority of abandoned horse cases are rejected slaughter horses? It cost less for a shipper to set free the horses that don't make the cut than it does to take them back and feed them. They bring cattle back on the trucks as well so they don't have room for them. So they set them free where they starve to death. Over 5,000 horses didn't make into the Mexican borders and in Texas there have been just slightly above that in cases of abandoned horses. I'm not saying it doesn't happen in private homes, I'm just saying that you've got to look at the consequences of horse slaughter.
Then you've got to think to yourself..do you really want that in your city? The last two plants had continuous drainage problems, the by-products attracted wild animals into the city, it brought down the value of surrounding homes and invited criminals and illegals to come work for them. Not something I want near me.
I've seen a few..what's the difference and cows and swine and chickens... Well I've solved that problem for myself. I do NOT eat factory farmed meat. In fact I've been pretty much turned off meat for awhile. I get my meat from a source that individually slaughters their animals as the French video posted. I know the meat is chemical free, I've seen how the animals are treated and how they die. I do NOT believe in factory farming, period. Call me a bleeding heart radical... call me what you want.. if I am then I am.
To the people who say that if this is all that happened in the six days they had the video I'd urge you to view the full report on the ones that were not shown in the video. And I'd love to inform you that the slaughter house in this video is a TEMPLE GRANDIN APPROVED slaughter house! I'd like to tell you that each factory run slaughter house has a failure rate of around 15%. Which means that that percentage of animals is allowed to be inhumanely slaughtered. Allowed to be alive on the bleed out line, allowed to bolted in the head a dozen times, allowed to break a leg in the process, allowed to have foals cut from their bellies. And that is IF they follow procedure! If not...well than more than 15%, or roughly more than 6,000 horses, aren't killed humanely. And I'm sorry... that is not a number I'm okay with. I'm sure that the euthanasia process has far less of a failure rate, especially if you have a vet who knows how to do it right.
Let's go back to the 2013 EU thing. Horse slaughter is a bandaid that holds back the fact that certain people don't think beyond the fact that we are human, therefore we are a superior race and rule all, it is a dumping ground for irresponsibility. Once that bandaid is no longer available to the recreational horse world, due to drug related issues, then we will have to find a solution.
Me? I'm going to continue to fight for the horses. I'll continue to put down factory farming. I'll continue to remind people that we are only temporary guests on this planet (and no I'm NOT religious). We should live how we want, speak up for what we believe in, but be willing to consider the other side. Factory Farmed Slaughter is NOT humane. It's just not. They don't have enough time to individually make certain that each animal is humanely killed. And in the end they stope caring because they want to go to lunch, because they are ready for the day to be over with. They haven't seen that animal born, they haven't raised it from day one.
That's all I have to say and I will say no more. Some people, like Kevinshorses, are so full of your self zealous ideas that you can't see the bigger picture. And in the end that will come to bite some of you in the rear.
100% Anti-Slaughter and PROUD of it!