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post #1 of 17 Old 12-31-2010, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Don't Allow Horses To Be Sold for Food

If anyone is interested, the Animal Rescue Site has a petition to stop the sale of horses for food. Although some here may support the humane slaughter of horses, this petition will ban the transport of animals to be slaughtered for food and thus seek to decrease the number of horses being stolen and literally dismembered while alive for their meat.
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post #2 of 17 Old 12-31-2010, 11:17 AM
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Haha! Yeah, cause... Thats gonna stop people from buying horses and selling their meat on the black market.
How about we make it LEGAL to sell horse meat? Then people wont need the black market.
I hate legislation.
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post #3 of 17 Old 12-31-2010, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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I'm not a fan of legislation either, but until such time, I want to take whatever action is available to at least attempt to protect horses. Hey, it might be a band-aid on gaping wound, but at least someone is trying to do something.
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post #4 of 17 Old 12-31-2010, 11:25 AM
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Actually, the way I see it is: It will be cutting the wound deeper. With a rusty dagger.
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post #5 of 17 Old 12-31-2010, 11:41 AM
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Ok so let me get this straight. By shutting down slaughter houses in the US, we made the transportation of meat animals longer and more stressful. So by making the simple transportation illegal, wont the black market explode?

What do you suggest we do with all the excess horses in the country? Is there a game plan for the influx of starving/ill/broken/lame horses? Where will they go? Euthanasia is expensive. Disposing of a horses body is expensive. Are their provisions set up to prevent the suffering of those horses?

I think the slaughter houses should be reopened in the US. It cuts down the transportation time for these animals. It would open up jobs and financial stability for the horse world. It would help stabilize the fair market value for horses.

I also think that instead of auctions, we should moved to a 'one horse, one price' system. If you are taking your horse to slaughter, so be it. You get $100 for that horse and the horse is quarantined for 30 days. 30 days gives owners of lost/stolen horses plenty of time to find those horses in a slaughter house. 30 days gives the bleeding heart types plenty of time to 'save' these horses from a certain death.

I think the system is corrupt. While I understand that you are trying to do good in the name of horses, my fear is that good intentions don't always lead to a great outcome. When you take a step back from the picture, you realize that the horses suffer more now than they ever did.

*steps down from soap box*
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post #6 of 17 Old 12-31-2010, 11:46 AM
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This has been lectured into so many people on this forum, LOL.
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post #7 of 17 Old 12-31-2010, 11:57 AM
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Within Europe we need to stop the transport of horses for slaughter as they are in horrific conditions, however as a girl who HAS regularly eaten horse meat (I'm half belgian I grew up with it being normal) I do believe that slaughtering horses for meat is fine! I just believe that they should be transported on the hook not the hoof, we have the technology to make sure the meat doesnt go off (refrigerated lorries) so why not use it!

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post #8 of 17 Old 12-31-2010, 12:10 PM
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Yup, nothing wrong with horsemeat as food. I agree slaughter and the process leading up to it should be humane for all animals.

Where I am there is a huge shortage of abbatoirs; the slaughter and disposal of large animals has become very difficult for people.
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post #9 of 17 Old 12-31-2010, 12:45 PM
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I think that opening up slaughter houses in the U.S. would bring down the amount of horse cruelty, and lessen/get rid of the amount of problems that Florida has been having with peoples loved horses being slaughtered by black market sellers. I think slaughter is a good way to go for horses who have nowhere else to go. Or I mean they can be left out to starve. You choose.
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post #10 of 17 Old 12-31-2010, 06:17 PM
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One of my biggest problems with horse slaughter(aside from the horrid transport conditions and the inhumane method of slaughter) is the common misconception that only sick, lame, old and un-trainable horses are slaughtered. I have 2 perfectly healthy/sound and well trained horses that were destined to go to slaughter. Another issue is that american horses should not be eaten with the amount of drugs and vaccinations they receive throughout their life, especially ex-race horses, most of those drugs remain in their system after years, and the drugs are not killed in the rendering process, i am by no means an expert, but it cannot be healthy to eat, if people want to eat horse i'm fine with that, but they should be raised for meat as cattle is to avoid ingesting meet that has been heavily drugged for whatever reason
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