Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Oxford, Nova Scotia
• Horses: 0
Harlee, the way you responded," that slaughter may not stop over-breed, but it does contribute" (to overbreeding?), seems like you're saying that slaughter contributes to overbreeding. From your phrasing that was the impression that I got.
"They have gotten rid of the slaughter houses, do you see people caring anymore about stopping breeding? No, people are too **** ignorant to realize or care."
I don't have the time to go through every post, but I'm just going to lay down the question for you to consider, how many of the people like with the same opinion as you, venture onto the breeding threads, and tell people who are considering breeding their mares, not to do it for the sake of the thousands of unwanted horses that languish for lack of a loving owner? I know that there were a couple folks, like myself, who got upset when someone was asking whether she should breed her mare with an offset leg (a defective horse, like why would you even have to ask?) and also when someone was seeking advice about becoming a "small-time" breeder. Were you one of those who got upset and said don't do it? Or were you and the others like you, giving cheery suggestions,and saying things like "I can hardly wait to see pictures" and "I'll buy your baby if it's an (whatever breed)" etc. If you are really sad about horses going to slaughter and being neglected, then you should be halfway down the throat of anyone who even suggests or hints that they may breed their horse just because they can.
I was on a vegetarian forum a while back, arguing the case for purebred dog breeders vs. backyard breeders in a discussion about adopting rescues and reducing the unwanted pet population by spaying and neutering. And I took a beating for it. NO ONE there agreed with me. But you know something, they were more right than me. And I think that the same philosophy applies to horses. The only way that the number of slaughter horses and neglected horses is going to go down, is if people like you and me get on the cases of those who breed their animals without giving it a second thought.