Originally Posted by Druydess
It's very simple. I have seen how inhumane it is. I have seen horses legs being sawed off while they were clearly alive. I have seen hundreds of deaths and understand exactly what the death process is. I know the difference between reflexes and painful attempts to evade torture.
If we as a society choose to turn a blind eye to the inhumanity of animal abuse and torture for our own convenience and profit, I have little faith in the evolution of our race and ethics as people.
Just because some deem slaughter necessary does not absolve them of the duty to recognize when it is being carried out cruelly, arrogantly, and with little compassion or thought as to what is right.
If people really saw first hand what goes on in these death pits, they'd likely have a better understanding. However, most are content not to think much about it as it "happens" elsewhere...out of sight and mind.
The plant you saw, if you even saw what you claim, is now closed. Unless you have visited the Canadian plants (some of which have received glowing reviews from equine welfare organizations) or the not-yet-opened new American plants, your past experience is irrelevant to the current debate. I have
, however, seen horses die of neglect. Horrible, horrible things. The stunted, starving two-year-old filly who busted through a barbed wire fence and had a stillborn foal in the middle of the road. The two geldings who slowly wasted away over months from founder, with open sores on their sides and pus oozing around their coronary bands from holes inches deep as their hooves rotted from the inside out. And I have seen the authorities do absolutely nothing about it when the conditions are reported.
Do you think anyone here likes
slaughter? Really? I used to be against it, and then I grew up. Had a wake-up call. Humane issues should and must be addressed, of course, and they will
be addressed at the new plants. Temple Grandin and others are working on it. A huge part of the reason for re-opening the US plants, keep in mind, is to spare horses from the horrors of Mexico!
Personally, I as a human being, can not, and will not support an industry that epitomizes abuse, cruelty, and blatant disregard of respect for life, as well as little regard for effects of possible chemical contamination. It's a personal stand that morally I have no choice but to take.
So you can pat yourself on the back for your moral superiority over all us heathens. That's great. Good for you!
Problem is, you're doing absolutely nothing to solve the problem except criticizng others for their beliefs.
Me, I've bought and rehabbed horses that would have probably (certainly, in one case) gone to the killer otherwise. As they are my responsibility, I refuse to sell mine (even the ones I don't particularly like) so that I know they are living excellent lives; were I for some reason to sell one, I would screen homes diligently and settle for less money if that was the only way I could guarantee a responsible owner. I train mine so that they have value, should catastrophe strike, but they are also protected with a stipulation in my parents' will. Over the past few years, I have spent approximately $10,000 on vet bills....just for two
of my horses' soundness problems
alone. That's not counting routine shots, dental, other minor cuts and lamenesses, or farriery....or feed, supplements, bedding, or anything else. And that wasn't even so I could compete on them. It was for the comfort and quality of life of two valueless retirees. That money would have bought me a new horse several times over, or I would have certainly preferred to either save it or spend it on myself, rather than giving it to the vet...
I also do my part by not contributing to the overpopulation problem. I have two pretty nice mares, and I'd love to have a baby out of them, but I don't breed because I feel that would be irresponsible.
So don't you or others dare
assume some level of superiority. I put my money where my mouth is. Do you? If you are so concerned about horse slaughter, what are you doing to solve the overpopulation problem that makes it necessary in the first place (in short, what about your stallion and pregnant mares....?)?