Why should anyone be required to take the animals? I certainly donít expect anyone to take care of my animals. Why do you dismiss owner responsibility?
Every cow can be traced back to the original farm. You canít do that with horses. Somewhere in the chain, someone is signing a document stating the livestock are safe for slaughter and have not received prohibited substances and the owner/farm identification. If you take it to auction, the owner signs a statement and the animal is given a USDA tag that identifies the owner. Many livestock have ear tags. I have a friend that raises boar goats and he said they have to have USDA tags before they go to auction. If you want horse slaughter, then you should care about EU regulations because that is where the market is. That is who you are selling to so if you canít document they are safe for humans to consume, then they will not accept the horses. Just about every US horse has received a banned substance at some time in their life. Itís no different with livestock. If they have received banned substances, they cannot be slaughtered for food.
They may be old arguments, but facts donít change. Yes, dogs and cats are killed every day but they are humanely euthanized, not slaughtered. There are 800,000 horses euthanized or that die of natural causes. Some are buried, some are rendered and some are cremated. Responsible owners/breeders donít whine about a 1,200 pound animal or blame everyone else. They donít make up excuses on why they canít give their animal a humane death. And yet, the owners of less than 2% of the horse population canít figure it out.
If someone is against chemical euth, the horse can put down by firearm by someone that knows what theyíre doing and it is just as humane as chemical euth. The real issue isnít the environment, burying the horse or wasting meat. The issue is they have to pay to humanely end their horseís life vs sending it off to a brutal death and getting paid.
Do you think people would still send their horses to slaughter if they didnít get paid? Do you think the breeders would continue to over breed if their dumping ground was gone? Just imagine what the dog and cat shelters would be like if they started paying owners to dump their dogs and cats. That is what you are doing with horse slaughter. You are paying breeders and owners to be irresponsible.