This business is full of greed and ignorance.
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Greed and ignorance is found everywhere.
I agree with Wild Spot when she stated that "slaughter" is a necessary evil. The fact of it is, there are too many horses in this country and not enough horse people. This is a problem humanity has created and it is up to humanity to find a humane solution. Today there are more horses that there where when we used them as transportation.
Lately hay has become hard to find in some areas. People have been trying to give their horses away in order to get them off the feed bill, so they can continue to feed themselves. In turn many have been turned loose on government lands to fend for themselves. I know this was a problem in the Kentucky Lake area a year ago.
With the fall in the economy is has become more expensive to maintain a horse. Hay prices went up dramatically when the price of fuel shot through the roof. As did commercial feeds when the demand for corn increased for Bio Fuels. I even noticed a price increase in dog food when the slaughter houses in the US shut their doors.
I'm growing tired of the bleeding hearts whining about shelters euthanizeing the pet population.(.ex..dogs and cats) If there are no homes for these poor animals, where are they going to go? Funding is minimal for these organizations and they simply cannot feed these animals for the rest of their lives. It's sad...yes...but it's true. As long as people continue not to spay an neuter their pets this will continue to be a problem. Duh...
The same goes for the horse population. Yes there are horses out there that end up on the auction block and find themselves in transit to a slaughter house. Some of them are perfectly usable animals, some are not. There has to be an outlet for the excess horse population. As long as people continue to say "Oh you have a stallion. Well I have a mare. Lets breed them and sell the colt." Or for whatever reason they are breeding. There will continue to be more horses than homes for these horses.
The excess population of horses also contributes to the neglect of these animals as well. All though not the cause I am aware. Some people are just stupid. When you think about it. Some people are faced with the fact that they can no longer feed the horse(s) they have. Can't give them away since the majority of horse owners are full up. They aren't looking at add another member to their herd due to either lack of space to house another, cost of upkeep on another, or simply the work another horse would provide.
Even the rescues are finding themselves up to their eye balls with homeless animals they are trying to place. They are even finding it hard to do that. So surrendering their horse is out of the question for some people looking to find a home for a horse they can no longer keep. Selling it in some areas is out of the question as well. If they couldn't give it away. So as feed money dwindles the poor horses are fed less and less. Eventually leading to starvation. Which is slow, and painful I'd imagine.
Sound, well bred, trained, usable horses meet their ends one way or another. Be it slaughter or death by neglect. While lame, poorly bred, untrained, horses are taking up the homes that these more useful animals probably should have. Because society today seems to love the sick and the weak. Some people would buy a lame horse from an auction while overlooking a sound animal in fear that this poor broken creature would be sent to slaughter even though the sound one is potentially facing the same fate. I personally don't understand it.
Bottom line is that the slaughter houses served their purpose, by alleviating the surplus of horses in our society. I would much rather see them uses for food in another country than wasted. Nourish a foreign community than rot underground.
Death is seems has no longer become accepted as a fact of life by many people today, and a shaken by the subject. Especially when it befalls an animal. Our opinions on slaughter seems to be based on how we perceive the word when we hear it. What comes to your mind first? My dictionary (your might have a different volume) defines Slaughter as (noun)--1. The killing of animals for food. --2. The killing of a large number of people; masacure (as a verb)-1. To butcher (animals) for food. ---2. To kill brutally in large numbers.
When I think of slaughter I think of the killing of animals for food. Whether one or in large numbers. Since man has been eating animals as long as we have walked this earth. I believe it will continue to be a practice. I also believe that the slaughter of horses is a practice that has its place in today's society, that needs to be regulated to ensure the animals are treated humanely in their final moments.
It truly is a necessary evil. This however is the balance of life. There is no good without evil.