Euthanisia means a Good Death Not a struggle of stress and where stallions gets their heads bashed in so they wont fight on trailers cramp full trailers.
Facts just don't play very well with you, do they? You are the most misinformed of any of the anti-slaughter people that have come here. Problem is, we have all forgotten more about horses and the horse industry that you have ever known or hope to know.
I have not seen a killer buyer bid on a stallion for about 5 years. USDA outlawed trucking them with other horses several years ago. Most untrained junk studs go through the local auction and bring about $50.00, even it they weigh 1200# (most don't). One local man buys most of them, takes them home and cuts them, deworms them, turns them out on good grass or good hay for 30 days and grains them. He brings them back to the sale about a month later and they sell for about $300.00 or more each. Not my preferred way to make a living, but he does quite well with it. We have a free market system here in the US and it is his right to buy and sell what he wants to and no one can gripe about how he cares for them.
Here are the rules proposed in 2000, 7 years before slaughter ended in the US. There were all put into regulations. 13 years ago -- probably long before you got on your soap-box -- these were the proposed rules -- all which have been adopted.
USDA funded research at Colorado State University on the physical conditions of horses arriving at slaughter plants, at Texas A&M University on the effects of water deprivation in equines, and at the University of California, Davis on stress in equines shipped to slaughter facilities. The recommendations and findings of the USDA, stakeholder, and research groups became part of the regulations in 2000. Under these regulations shippers must:
- Separate stallions and other aggressive horses from the rest of the shipment.
- Provide adequate food, water, and rest six (6) hours prior to loading onto a vehicle.
- Confine horses in a vehicle no longer than 24 (+4?) hours without food and water.
- Use an owner/shipper certificate.
- Provide adequate floor space.
- Phase out two-tier trailers.
These are the actual rules that have been adopted and have been enforced. This same release from USDA goes on to document how many shippers have been fined almost $1,000,000 for breaking some of these rules.
The regulations provide for complete domestic and international monitoring of the movement of U.S.-origin horses to slaughter through the use of owner /shipper certificates and corresponding backtags. The SHTP owner/shipper certificate is documentation that the shipper is in compliance with the regulations.
The regulations prohibit the transportation of a horse that is
a. Unable to bear weight on four limbs,
b. Unable to walk unassisted,
c. Blind in both eyes,
d. A foal under 6 months of age, and
e. A pregnant mare that is likely to foal (give birth)
during the trip.
So, these are already part of the rules and regulations. No one has ever 'saved' a foal from slaughter because they cannot be shipped to slaughter.
I have not seen a double deck truck hauling horses for many years except for the mustangs coming in to Pauls Valley. The reason given for them being hauled in double deck trucks is that the shipping had to go to the lowest bidder and that always seemed to be the shippers using double deck trucks. The managers of the BLM grazing units were some of the people actually proposing the rules against double deck trucks so they would not have to use them.
If you should be interested in facts, here is the USDA website that explains the actual rules and regulations that govern hauling of slaughter horses -- not that you would actually be interested in facts. Most of them seem to have escaped you thus far. USDA - APHIS - Animal Health - Horses
And, as usual, you have not answered any of my questions. Try to go back and actually answer them. We are all waiting. All we have gotten from you so far is venomous hate and bitter lies. Try facts and answering the big question -- What do you propose to do with all of the unwanted horses NOW if there is no slaughter option? In less than 10 years, they will number more than a million.