Horse Slaughter - Should Start Up Once More
I've seen more than my share of Animal and Equine (same thing... sorta) Cruelty in my years, even though I only have fifteen of them. I live in Serbia, a country where the words Animal Cruelty have no meaning. To anyone. If you have a dog that you don't want to hear barking anymore, you either remove or destroy the vocal cords. If you have a horse that you can't afford to feed. You keep it, but just don't feed it.
I have not grown cold to it. In fact, quite the opposite. I know what real animal cruelty is. And I have to say this: Slaughtering a horse for food, whether for a dog, or for a human, is NOT cruelty.
I'm not saying that conditions should stay how they are. But I'm also not saying that the animals need to be put in 16 x 16 stalls all on their own, with a ton of feed. I've known quite a few people who believe that if you're going to kill an animal, you need to make it's whole life as "happy" as possible. Sure, every horse needs to at least be cared for, but a horse can be perfectly content in a semi-large paddock with quite a few other horses, for probably no more than a few days.
You might say that the experience would be traumatic for them. That they can smell the death, the blood, the fear. If the animal is going to be killed, what would it matter? It's not cruelty.
Conditions aren't to be improved for the animal's sake, but for the safety of the slaughterers. I've also heard people say that those people need to die. Those people are usually poor legal immigrant hispanics who are so put down by their caucasian neighbors, that the only jobs they can find are the ones that everyone else looks down on. Many times those people lose fingers and even arms to various conditions.
The animal feels no pain when the bolt goes through the head. Rarely does it miss. And by rarely, I mean 1 out of every thousand horses that come through.
Which would you rather have? And answer honestly, just this question, not saying how I'm a cruel person who wants all the horses dead. I'm not asking for a debate. Just a quick and simple answer to this question. Which would you rather have? A ton of horses sitting in someone's backyard, rotting away while their still alive, or a quick and painless death for those horses who just can't go to some little girl in New York? You tell me.