Originally Posted by walkergal
BUt the owners could call someone of they can't take care of their horses anymore.
Who? Who is this person they can call? Do you really think if there was another option, most people would send their horses to slaughter? Sure, some people might still, but they're no more fit to own horses than a slaughterhouse.
Some people might not have time to call people, even if there WAS someone willing to take them in. Bankrupcy, a death in the family, job changes, financial reasons.....all would give a family limited time to rehome a horse. If the horse is sick and medical bills can't be paid, slaughterhouses get another horse. There is no more room for all these horses.
There just isn't. Overproduction and an economy where the only people who own horses are the ones who like them or make use of them decrease the amount of places horses can live in.
You say the horses can be sold. If they're selling them to meat markets for $100 a head, how do you think they're going to get any real money out of them? Don't you think if most owners could sell a horse for $800 and guarenteed life, they would over $100 and guarenteed slaughter?
You also say you know what you're talking about because you *want* to go to school for this. *Want* to. What about all of the posters on here who have much more experience than a girl scout wanting no little precious ponies sold to the glue factory?
It's time to face reality: There is not always someone to call when things go wrong and your sick, diseased horse needs a new home.