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post #21 of 25 Old 09-26-2013, 08:48 AM
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I am pro slaughter because it is a necessary evil. I don't ever plan on sending any horse I own, and I hope it will never have to come to that. I do recognize the need for slaughter here in the US. It is a necessity. There is not enough space for all the unwanted horses to live in My Little Pony land where the sun shines all day and nobody is ever sad. I know for a fact that I am only able to afford one horse and have to board it. If I had 500 acres, sure I'd be happy to help other horses, but since I'm pro-slaughter I'll let all the tree huggers take over that one. I'm sure they all have hundreds of acres available and unlimited income so they can save the multitude of horses who would otherwise go to slaughter.
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post #22 of 25 Old 09-26-2013, 02:51 PM
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Man, people sure do get worked up over this topic... xD

Honestly, I can't take a stance on slaughter because I'm not well versed enough in the logistics. While I would never wish death on any horse, like many of you have said, it's impossible to ignore how many unwanted animals there are, for a whole variety of reasons.
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post #23 of 25 Old 09-26-2013, 09:47 PM
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I had tho't the big issue was raising horses for meat that so many were against. We still need a place to process horses. At one time all the canned dog food was horse meat but in those days it was usually the cripples or aged that were processed.
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No one has or will ever raise horses for meat. They are poor feed converters and would have to sell for 3 or 4 times what fat cattle sell for in order to make money. Instead, they sell for less than half of what beef sells for per pound. Their selling price is only their 'salvage value' when they are not good enough or wanted for any other purpose.

Even a fat easy keeping horse is worth less than $.25 on the dollar of what it would cost to breed and raise it. People who think they will be raised for meat are, again, just plain uninformed. You can feed 3 cows for what you can feed 2 easy keeping broodmares. Most broodmares will cost double what a cow does to feed. Cows have a calf in 9 months while horses take 11. When put on feed, yearling cattle convert feed at 2x or 3x what horses do (or even better) and do not founder in the process. They can eat low fiber finishing diets where horses die on that kind of feed. So, all in all, horses are not suitable to raise for slaughter.

When a fat horse is sold for $500.00 to the killer buyer, you can bet there is 4 to 6 times that much money tied up in the horse without training or any other additional expenses.

Horse meat is still used for zoo meat and for greyhound trainers, but it is not used in dog food any more.
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post #25 of 25 Old 09-30-2013, 04:29 PM
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airspace.. I have 11 horses. All were throw away horses. I spend anywhere from 6- 12 grand a year on Feed alone. Now Add water cost, land cost (taxes ) , farrier, Vets. I dont send my horses to slaughter or to auction. I have sold a few in the past. to Euth a horse its 350 plus a 250 fee to dispose of the carcass . So far i have been able to afford my horses but with Obama nomics, the day is coming that I will have to get rid of most of them.
Now I will blow out my credit cards and have as many euthanized as possible, But some people do not do this. There needs to be the option for the horses no one wants . If it is done as humanely as possible (which sure as heck wont happen in Mexico) then I dont have to big of an issue . double decker trucks have been outlawed for a long time. If you are so concerned about the meat supply then dont eat meat. Raise your own meat and have it slaughtered . Ifyou are soo against this, then you need to do something other than whine about it. Go to the auctions and buy up all the slaughter bound horses, as it has Never stopped.
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