I totally agree. Horse slaughter is disgusting. All though the fact that they kill horses is terrible, I think the worst part about these slaughter houses is how they kill them. If they used humane methods and made the process quick and painless, it would make it slightly better, because the slaughter buisness is a massive market.
I am against the slaughter buisness, and the fact that canada is still allowing horse slaughter really makes me ashamed, since I live in canada.
Do you eat cow? Chicken? Pig? Turkey? Farmed fish from mills? Is it okay to slaughter them? Have you ever seen how they kill chickens or turkeys? Cattle often get the same treatment that horses do from my knowledge.
If horse slaughter WASN'T illegal in the US the USDA could monitor slaughter houses and keep things lawful. Do you work in slaughter houses? Do you know for sure how they kill horses in these places? Or do you just know the shock value videos published by PETA or SHARK online to scare people with grotesque things that are not usually the norm?
It's a necessary evil. How many QH's are registered each year? Thoroughbreds? Backyard bred grade horses? I know someone who rides a FRIESIAN stallion they rescued out of a slaughter house feed lot.
Where are these horses going to go if slaughter is banned totally on horses?
How is it any different than slaughter of a cow? Indian people don't eat cow and probably think we're barbaric for doing so since they are idols to them.
Italy I know buys horse meat.
Japanese people eat shark fin soup and Orca meat.
Until there isn't one single horse tied to a tree starving to death because Bobby Jo thought his gangly stud colt just HAD to breed to his mare, what can we do exactly?
I know I know it's not just back yard breeders. I've seen lots of fine bred horses shipped off to slaughter too. Including Friesians.
So what CAN we do? What do you think we can do?
Legal, regulated slaughter houses in the US that must function under lawful guidelines and kill in humane ways or keep it illegal and have them sent far away to other places such as Canada and Mexico where there isn't going to be the same scrutiny of the public and the law and the USDA?
Let the hundreds of thousands of horses who starve and die from neglect rot?
Whine about it on forums online?
I love horses, but life is life. Sad as that is.