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    12-20-2007, 02:12 PM
I am against horse slaughter too.
If there is any reason to slim down the horse population or whatever, then inhumane slaughter is not the way to go. A horse can be euthanized humanely if need be.
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    12-20-2007, 03:52 PM
I think horse slaughter is a horrible reality. The problem is that as long as people are going to breed irresponsibly (breeding untrained, badly conformed, etc. horses in high numbers each year), there will be a huge market for the kill buyers. Slaughter is a horrible way for a horse's life to end from what I hear of the operation.

We can say we don't like it all we like, but the problem is that there is still a problem...people over breed and breed irresponsibly with no consequence.

I am breeding my first foal this year, and plan to keep it, or train it through beginning riding and then sell it. I will not sell a horse that does not have the skills to give it a shot at a good home. Who wants an untrained horse? (very few people)

What would be a good thing to happen would be some licenser system for breeding or even owning horses :) Don't know if it would work but it sure would weed out some wackos, and people who didn't really know what they were getting into. I have seen adds for beginner horses people who bought stallions and are trying to dump them off.

Maybe eventually some legislation will be passed to punish abusers, bad breeders, neglecters, and irresponsible sellers, but until then I suppose slaughter will be an ugly truth.

I think an alternative to slaughter would be humane euthanasia of starving, and excess horses before they can be sent to slaughter where their end would be much less peaceful. BUT, the people who are perpetuating the problem must make a buck, so they will get whatever measly amount of money they can.

Anyone who is interested, there is a Fugly Horse Blog out there on the net (google it), and she talks about this exact thing and irresponsible breeding. She is pretty crass, but she is an interesting read.
    12-20-2007, 06:16 PM
Originally Posted by kim_angel
I am against horse slaughter too.
If there is any reason to slim down the horse population or whatever, then inhumane slaughter is not the way to go. A horse can be euthanized humanely if need be.
Its a sad truth right now:/
    12-20-2007, 06:48 PM
I agree totally that there needs to be some regulation in the breeding industry but I'm afraid it will never happen. There is a problem in all animals that humans keep for "pets" if there is a market there will be unscrupulous breeders out to make a buck. I used to raise Scottish Terriers just one litter a year out of my 1 female and 1 male dog. I saw a program called "Shelter Dogs" and swore I would never breed her again. Having stray dogs and cats roaming the countryside is one thing, but what will happen when there are horses roaming out there too? I'm afraid that is what it is going to come to. It really is a tough call on which is better, the horses being slaughtered as "livestock" or having them starving along side the road. I can't form an opinion on it, its just too close to the heart.
    12-20-2007, 07:48 PM
I know I was thinking the same thing today.

What if we had a Horse Breeders License. Where you had to get your backround checked out and how responsible you are with horses to be able to breed them.

You can make it happen. If we can write a bill about it and get so many signatures, send it up on capital hill and see if it passes.
    12-20-2007, 09:05 PM
There is already a Bill in place to ban horse slaughter across America and it also covers exporting to Canada or Mexico. It is awaiting approval from the Senate.

Check out this article, it covers most things that have been spoken about on this thread. It may be a little distressing to some though, sorry about that.
    12-20-2007, 09:33 PM
Thats good I hope it passes!
    12-20-2007, 09:37 PM
I don't think that anybody would disagree with you on that one horse_luver4e :P
    12-20-2007, 09:50 PM
Lol yeah
    12-21-2007, 02:37 AM
Just my thoughts....

I am a vegetarian. I'm not against consuming animals when they are humanely treated, humanely raised (not feed lots, force fed...), and they are humanely slaughtered (not a factory slaughter house which causes so much pain and suffering).

All life is sacred. The way to stop slaughtering? STOP BREEDING YOUR CRAPPY MARES AND STALLIONS. This is a great blog that demonstrates how I feel:

If you want your horse to have a wonderful life keep it for it's life as it's the only guarantee.

There would be a lot less slaughtering if we were more selective in breeding our horses. Don't breed a horse just to do it. Select a great mare and stallion (at least with great conformation, but also with great performance records, among a million other reasons. A registered horse has a greater chance of survival.

It's all the backyard breeding, and the Thoroughbreds that are pushed too hard, too young, that flood our slaughter houses. Geld your colts!!

As long as breeding doesn't remain selective, it will continue.

As for abused and neglected horses...that is ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY NO REASON to submit it to that kind of ending. If the horse has been abused, that is yet another reason that humanity has failed that horse. Neglected too. Don't own a horse if you can't take care of it. These horses deserve just as much as a fit well fed show horse or your pet, they are no less of a creature because of their past.

Slaughtering of all types needs to stop or move to a more humane level.

The number of horses in the world is based on the humans. Stop breeding unselectively. If you can't sell your foal, then you shouldn't be breeding.

Sorry....very passionate about the subject.

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