Let's attempt to make this thread a civil, reasonable discussion.
Asking "Does anyone on this forum besides me actually like horses?" is an example of "If you're not with us, you're against us" and is a decpetively simplistic argument that doesn't recognize all the factors contributing to the problem.
I do not describe my self as pro-slaughter. I hate the fact that horses in this country are bred to be disposable. I hate the fact that horses are shipped in double decker trailers to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered in questionable conditions. In a perfect world, all horses would have healthy happy lives without abuse and neglect and quick, comfortable deaths.
For the record, I do not have a problem with a horse having that clean, comfortable death and his remains being used to feed something or someone else. I do find that preferable to letting a corpse rot in the ground.
However, I do think advocating against slaughter is attacking the wrong end of the problem. Advocate against the reasons so many horses are slaughtered, and you'll have my support.
Until you can do something about the TB, STB, QH and Arab racing industries breeding 20 foals to get 3 to the track and 1 winner, until you can keep halter breeders from breeding unsound, unusable horses and until you can do something to stem the tide of back yard breeders, slaughter is an sad necessity. While I'm dreaming, please do something about the glut of mustangs on the taxpayers dime, the economy, the price of hay and all the novice horse owners who didn't understand what they were getting into.
Then you would reduce the population going to slaughter to the truly sick, lame and unusable.
Until that time, slaughter is a sad necessity. Argue for making it as humane as possible, argue for making it less necessary. Or propose a workable alternative plan to cope with the incredible surplus of horses other than the hopelessly naive idea of adopting them all out.
But don't tell someone who's devoted their entire life to the care and welfare of horses that I "don't like horses" because I understand the reality of the situation.
Last edited by maura; 12-23-2011 at 05:18 PM.