Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
I had my once in a lifetime put down by chemical euthing. The next one I have put down will be by either captive bolt, or a bullet.
Chemical euthing is easier on the human because it looks 'more peaceful', when in fact it just means the animal takes longer to die. A bullet or captive bolt is instantaneous. It can be rather stressful for an owner to watch, but it's more humane for the animal.
I didn't actually dig the hole, but I was there when the backhoe driver dug it, and I was there when they chained my horse to the bucket by his legs in order to haul him over to his grave.
Death is ugly, regardless of the method by which it comes. Burying a very large carcass can be traumatizing to the humans, especially since there's nothing graceful or dignified about chaining a dead animal by the legs, hoisting it in the air, and dragging it over to a hole in the ground. Once there, the legs are unchained and the body is toppled into the grave.
I was upset by the ugliness of it all, but I also knew that the body being buried was only my horse's physical shell. I buried him for my own satisfaction, nothing more. Once he no longer occupied the body, it was just a large carcass that needed to be disposed of.
As far as the 'ZOMG, save the pwetty horsies from a gruesome fate!' poster I have nothing to say, although I think their user name should be Airhead, not Airspace. Since it seems apparent that they're not using the brain God gave them for rational thought.
Remember y'all, we don't yet have equine slaughter back in the U.S. and Canada is not subject to U.S. authority. Once we have U.S. plants back open, we can enforce the laws that are already on the books. I for one will breathe a sigh of relief the day the first plant opens back up.
Last edited by Speed Racer; 04-05-2010 at 03:24 PM.