Originally Posted by tim
About overpopulation and the "unwanted horse" with regards to the U.S. Government.
1. The government is not going to solve this problem for us.
2. There is no Federal Law against horse slaughter and eating horses. It passed the House but was never considered in the Senate.
3. The laws against slaughter are all State laws, mostly from Texas.
4. There are laws currently being considered that will ban the exportation of horses to other nations for slaughter.
The best solution to the problem is to take responsible care of your own horses and influence the decisions of others to do the same.
And for the first time in the history of this industry, euthanization is being considered for the disposal of unwanted horses. This has been a method of controlling dog and cat populations for years but it has never been considered before now for horses on the same scale. There might come a time when the most common procedure for unwanted and neglected horses is euthanization.
That would be great except it isn't that expensive to euthanize a dog or cat but a Horse.
I have had several friends that had to go that route and about 400 dollars later they where there.
Between the vet and the disposal of the Horse it isn't cheap.
And a lot of places that use Horses for commercial use used to take there Horse to slaughter because they still got some money out of them and it didn't cost them to get rid of the animal.
But I absolutley agree with you on we all need to do our part to quit creating more horses just to fing something to do for that mare.
Breeding if done at all should be done to improve on the Horse not to just use a mare because it has no other job.