Now, to alli0707….when did I say I supported horse slaughter? Because I can’t remember ever saying that. And while we’re pointing fingers at the bad guys/good guys, let me say this: I consider people like you to be “bad guys.” Sure, you have noble intentions, but your group of people has made things so much harder on horses. Before, there was the American slaughterhouse. Inhumane transport, yes, ugly to think about, yes—but infinitely better than being hauled hundreds of miles to Mexico, then abused, neglected, and slaughtered in deplorable conditions. Before, horses were crammed onto trailers, made to suffer for a couple days, and then quickly (and usually painlessly) killed. Then it was all over. Down Mexico way, there are any USDA officers to make sure things are done right. You’ve seen those videos—the botched captive bolt gun in the shoulder, the stabbing and cutting of the back multiple times, etc.
And for those that don’t go to Mexico or Canada—their lives are saved! Yay! But they are unwanted horses. And there are a lot of them…..I estimate between half and one million (or more). They starve and end up like that one Delete posted. Or are abused/neglected by their owners. I personally have been offered three free horses since the slaughter ban—they’re nice horses, but nobody wants them, and nobody’s taking care of them. I know someone who bought nine—yes, nine—registered, well-bred weanlings at an auction for $50—that’s not per head, that’s total, $5 a piece. When horses are that cheap, do you really think people are taking good care of them? Of course not! But you close your eyes to this and chant “Slaughter is wrong! Slaughter is wrong!” until you feel better.
“Animal rights activists” such as yourself should take the time to do your research if you really want to help out. All of the “facts” you gave me turned out to be fiction when I researched them (It’s illegal to eat horsemeat in Mexico? Fewer horses are being slaughtered now than 20 years ago?) which, I’m sorry to say, is a testament to your ignorance on the subject. If you had really taken the time to read your literature, you would have realized that banning slaughter in the US was not the logical solution for the time being. Perhaps you could have introduced legislation to make transport and slaughter more humane, or educated people about not breeding more unwanted horses. Now that’s a thought, huh? Things like that would have actually helped.
Now while you point fingers and call people like Delete and I “pro-slaughter beings” and “smartasses,” you are doing nothing to help. Now that slaughter is banned, there are so many unwanted horses with nowhere to go. But you pat yourself on the back for having slaughter banned and saving the ponies—but you don’t actually save the ponies! You leave that to responsible people like Delete and me, who actually put our money/time/effort where our mouths are and pick up the slack for people like you. In addition to my two personal rescues, I have helped several other horses find their way from the slaughter yard into loving homes. Each Christmas I give a big donation to a local animal rescue. You say you can’t afford to rescue (even though you can afford your own two horses…go figure)? Well, neither can most other people, and that’s the problem. So many horses, nowhere to go. Because most people won’t take in the hundreds of thousands of unwanted horses, just like you. That’s why they’re being shipped to Mexico. I can take a few, Delete can take a few, and the rest…..end up slaughtered in Mexico or starved.
I’m not pro-slaughter. I’m anti-alternative, as are almost all reputable equine sources. AQHA and AVMA, to name a few.