I don't believe horse slaughter has ever been humane. The problem is that anti horse slaughter folks pushed to close the slaughter plants down without ever thinking ahead. Now, you've got less horses being slaughtered, but the unlucky horses that are going to slaughter have to travel in the most inhumane way and a long ways at that, and when they get there, they're being treated and slaughtered MUCH worse than how it was in the US. Then you've got more abandonment, cruelty, and neglect than ever before. So how was closing the plants really helping the horses? I don't see it as a necessary evil, I see it as just plain necessary. Does a horse have different feelings than a cow or chicken? No. Yet here we are today with chicken, cattle, and hog slaughterhouses and no one is pushing to close them down.
You know...this was the first year our family has ever had to dealt with an abandoned horse left to die at our straw stack. He was skin and bones when I found him and unfortunately had to be put down two weeks later due to complications and other issues. I have NEVER in my whole life seen so many abused and neglected horses as I have in the last year. I wish us horse people really would have thought the whole thing through before many of us had pushed to close them down. What's worse, dying quickly from nail gun shots through the head or sitting in a pasture for 2 years without hoof care starving to death?
I hope I don't get beat for this, but everyone is entitled to their opinion and that's mine. ;)
EDIT: Sorry can't spell today.
I've spent most my life riding horses...the rest i've just wasted.
Last edited by DakotaLuv; 06-24-2009 at 10:02 PM.
Reason: Sorry can't spell today.