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post #1 of 35 Old 06-24-2014, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Dear, anti-Slaughter supporters letter

read this on FB today had to share

Dear Anti-Slaughter supporter:

Thank you for your fervent support of the recent
laws that were passed in Illinois and Texas that
effectively ended the closely regulated slaughter
of horses in the United States . Thank you for
pushing the practice past our borders and out of
control of the USDA’s standards for humane
treatment of food animals. We also appreciate
your lobbying to pass the American Horse
Slaughter Prevention Act currently in Congress,
which will end the transport of unwanted horses
to foreign slaughterhouses and keep each and
every one of them within the borders of our beautiful nation, alive and well!
>
You’ll be pleased to learn that the “alive and
well” part is where you come in! A new
organization has been created through the
cooperative effort o f the numerous horse industry
organizations and the USDA, called “Save Horses
In Trouble* Help End Abandonment & Death,” or
****HEAD for short. In accordance with the
guidelines of this new program, and to alleviate
the pressure on existing rescue facilities to
take in the thousands of unwanted horses, we have
decided to place one unwanted horse under the
personal care of each and every person that
supported banning horse slaughter in the United States .
>
As you may know, since the slaughter facilities
have closed, not only have rescue facilities and
shelters been inundated to the point that they
have to close their doors to new arrivals, but
many horses have also been neglected, starved to
death, or abandoned because of the record high
hay prices. Therefore, your participation in this program is mandatory..
>
We understand that it is your feeling that horses
are pets, not livestock, and since most people in
the United States do not choose to eat them,
therefore no one should, and all horses should
live out their lives in an idyllic pastoral
setting. We also understand that while your
relatively large 40’ X 40’ suburban backyard
isn’t exactly Yellowstone , it will just have to
do. We are certain you will make the necessary adjustments.
>
Your unwanted horse is of unknown origin, but is
roughly 6 years old (although we can’t get close
enough to him to tell for sure), weighs
approximately 1500 pounds and has a mean streak a
mile wide, and has been known to randomly bite,
strike, or kick, especially at small children,
elderly people, and house pets. We have decided to call him “Satan.”
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While Satan is capable of physical aggression,
unfortunately he is not able to be ridden because
of his crooked front legs. He is capable,
however, of reproducing, as he is a
stallion. This is of special import to you, as
your neighbors and fellow members of the “Horses
Are Humans With Hooves” group will also be
provided with horses through our program, some of which might be mares..
>
For your information, the $20 you donate annually
to the Humane Society of the United States can
instead buy you approximately two bales of
high-quality hay at the current market
rate. Assuming that the bales weigh 100 pounds,
and you feed 20 pounds to said beast per day,
this will be enough to feed him for ten
days. You will be happy to know that the
lifespan of a horse averages about 25 years, and
therefore Satan can b ring you approximately 9,125
days of enjoyment. That is, of course, only if
you provide him with the best care possible,
which we are absolutely certain that you
will. To ensure that Satan is receiving proper
care, an inspector will visit your home on a weekly basis.
>
At your request, we can provide you with contact
information for veterinarians, farriers,
trainers, equine dental practitioners,
whisperers, and tranquilizer gun dealers in your
area, as well as the necessary contacts you will
need for euthanasia and disposal of Satan’s
earthly vessel when he crosses over. We foresee
that Satan’s death will be especially traumatic
for you, being the enlightened individual that
you are, and counselors are already available at
1-900-NO-SENSE. ($3.99 for the first minute,
$1.99 for each additional minute).
>
Unfortunately, there is no government financial
assistance for care and maintenance costs of
****HEAD horses, as all of the funds allocated
for such things are dedicated to the Bureau of
Land Management’s Wild Horse program.

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post #2 of 35 Old 06-24-2014, 11:53 PM
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Wouldn't that put an end to all this fuss! LOL!
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post #3 of 35 Old 06-26-2014, 01:40 PM
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I'm anti-slaughter but I didn't fight for or against it, each person can do what they want with their animals. I take full responsibility for my animals, "my animals", so I won't be guilted into cleaning up someone else's mess. Nice try though.
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post #4 of 35 Old 06-26-2014, 01:47 PM
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Anti-slaughter doesn't necessarily mean anti-euthanasia, as the "letter" implies.
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post #5 of 35 Old 06-27-2014, 06:33 PM
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It amazes me how great hordes of people will oppose various issues but no one comes up with a viable alternative. They just make a lot of noise.
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post #6 of 35 Old 06-27-2014, 07:01 PM
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Perhaps those people should be required to tour rescues when a load of starved horses are brought in. Let them, personally, witness the pain and anguish.
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post #7 of 35 Old 06-27-2014, 09:25 PM
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I don't think there is anything wrong with slaughter, but I deffinately do not believe in abusing the animals either (although I believe it is up to the owner as to how and what happens to their animal).

I'd rather see an animal go for slaughter than see them die uselessly of starvation and neglect.
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post #8 of 35 Old 06-28-2014, 11:47 AM
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Don't you just love people who pass judgement based on perception rather than experience?
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post #9 of 35 Old 06-28-2014, 12:02 PM
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I'm opposed to slaughter because of the conditions of the slaughter houses (look at what happens to chickens, cows and pigs!), because I don't think riding horses that have been give drugs and cocktails of things are suitable for eating and because I think we need a system to prevent stolen horses from ending up there.

I think the assorted things we feed and drug out horses with makes them unsuitable for eating.

I'm not against humane euthanasia when appropriate either. The show and race worlds need to do better for their horses rather than cranking out more each year. Certain people should also definitely not be allowed to breed.
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post #10 of 35 Old 06-28-2014, 01:00 PM
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DancingArabians, OK you are against slaughter, but you have to realise that at least if you keep it in your country you can control it and therefore make it humane!

Currently the US has no control over the conditions in which horses in mexico or canada are slaughtered. Now i'm willing to bet that in canada its humane, i'm also willing to stake quite a bit of money on the fact that the majority in mexico are NOT humane.

In the UK horse slaughter still happens, however when the UK opened up our borders to easy export of horses, thousands or poor horses did journeys of 5 or 6 days to romania etc in over crowded lorries, with little water and serious injuries. Often 20% of the load would be dead on arrival or have to be shot in the lorry because of broken legs etc. They were slaughtered in horrific circumstances. But the UK has no jurisdiction once the horses have left our borders so could do nothing about it.
The ILPH took a very sensible stand and started the "On the hook not the hoof" campaign, calling for the live export of horses for slaughter to be banned and the slaughter to be brought back within the UK borders where we can control the conditions.
It resulted in horses having to have a minimum value to be exported (well above slaughter price) and an end to live export for slaughter, whilst the abbatiors in this country are not perfect they are far far better than the alternative they have to meet minimum standards, are inspected regularly and are answerable to our government

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