We always hope that the protection section leans toward the helpful side. Staying with rescue horses and what we can all do to help abusive situations. Occasionally a slaughter topic springs up and since there are many diverse opinions on the subject, it can get ugly.
When a thread has been open for months, the posts are running into the 3 page realm and seem to just be repeating the same things and members are starting to get hostile, we do close them.
There is nothing wrong with a healthy constructive sharing of opinions on a subject. When members start throwing hard punches they get locked. We want everyone to feel welcome and happy here, not picked on or offended.
"Until one has loved an animal, part of one's soul remains unawakened..."
- Anatole France