Why not? Because 'line item veto' does not exist in Federal lawmaking and funding. It would take a Constitutional amendment to allow it.
I have listened to and participated in the slaughter debate since about 2004 when petitions and proposed laws were being circulated. This was when there was still a good healthy horse market and the economy had not crashed.
I asked the same question then that I ask now ----
What do those opposed to slaughter propose to do with the 200,000 plus horses that are unwanted by anyone willing to feed and care for them?
So, Celeste, what would you do today with all of these unwanted horses?
Letting them stand around and starve is not a great idea.
More laws will not work because we cannot enforce child abuse laws or animal abuse laws now.
We cannot, as a free enterprise - free market system tell people that they must care for them. That could not be enforced anyway.
I guess we could euthanize all of them with poison chemicals and let the taxpayers you are so worried about pay the bill. In some states that is $500.00 to $1000.00 per horse to kill and dispose of them as hazardous, poisonous waste.
Do you really think the dead horse cares if he is eaten or wasted at a cost of several hundred dollars?
Is the taxpayer supposed to pick up this huge bill?
You cannot legislate morality. You cannot legislate responsibility. You have to deal the reality of what the facts are.
There always have been and always will be horses that no one wants to keep or feed. Some are going to be old, crippled, mean, diseased, unable to perform their previous job in life whether it was producing foals, being ridden or just being cared for by someone who has died or is no longer able to care for them any longer.
No one forces anyone to give up a horse if they are caring for it. No one forces anyone to sell a horse -- to slaughter buyers or anyone else. But, thank goodness we have these bottom feeders to pick up behind all of us who can no longer keep a horse for whatever reason.
I wish all of the people who think slaughter is evil would work on alternatives -- whatever they may be. I think those wasting their time and mine railing against slaughter should just start buying up horses and giving them a good home forever. Just remember, for every one you save, there are 100s more waiting for that home. The rescues are full and the sanctuaries are full. Many have had to relinquish their horses because they could no longer feed them and care for them and they were starving them.
You just cannot tell me that it is not better to develop American Processing Plants that are planned, built, managed and inspected in a manner to keep horses safe and quiet until they are humanely processed into a marketable product. Don't tell me that it cannot be done. It is now being done with cattle in the US and is done with horses in Iceland where they are raised and slaughtered humanely, quietly and uneventfully in plants that have been built specifically to process horses.
This situation does not require more 'knee-jerk' reactions and more supposed 'do-gooders' causing more harm than good. That is all they have done so far.
OK -- I'll get off of my soap-box for the day. Carry on.
Last edited by Cherie; 12-24-2011 at 03:36 PM.