Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Walkergal, rescues are full to bursting right now, and I don't like that people have started thinking that rescues are supposed to take everyone's cast offs.
That's not for what they're intended; they're not a free retirement home for the horses people can no longer afford, they're for actual animals who need rescuing from abusive and neglectful situations.
I also don't like that every Tom, Dick and Harriette are taking on horses willy nilly and calling themselves a 'rescue'. That's not a rescue, it's merely a hoarding situation for which they want the public to foot the bill.
The bad economy has affected everyone and there are all sorts of animals being abandoned left and right, not just horses. In fact, many rescues themselves have had to shut down because they can't afford to keep going.
There are just aren't enough good homes for the glut of horses on the market. It's not rocket science. If people can't afford to feed themselves, they're not going to want to feed a large, expensive animal.
Would I rather see someone euth an animal at home than sell it at auction to a kill buyer? Yes, I would. But sometimes that $150.00 a person gets at auction may mean the difference between feeding or not feeding their family for a week. They may also not have the means to dispose of a very large, poisoned carcass without paying someone an exorbitant fee.
It's just not as cut and dried as some people want to think.
Last edited by Speed Racer; 06-24-2010 at 02:31 PM.