I will ask again -- to these 24 people that are against slaughter:
What would you want done with hundreds of thousands of horses that are now being sold to slaughter in Mexico and Canada?
Just because YOU don't like the idea of slaughter does not mean that these horses will disappear like magic.
Would you prefer that they be turned out in State Parks and along highways to be hit by cars? (Many already are, by the way.)
Would you prefer that they be starved in a back pasture because someone cannot buy feed for them, cannot give them away and don't even have a sale that will be able to sell them?
Where do think they will go if there was not a buyer there to buy them and take them to Mexico?
Don't tell me what 'should' happen and what others 'should' do. In the 'here and now', tell me what 'will' happen to all of these hundreds of thousands of horses that are completely UNWANTED and have no other place to go and no one that will feed them?
I'm still wandering about answers to these questions.......
I have a 6 year old gelding that was given to me. He's big, he's gorgeous, he's registered....and he's dangerous. He's not aggressive or anything, but he is a bucker, a bad
bucker and neither I nor my Dad (who has trained more raunchy horses than most normal folks will ever even see) can get him over it. He's not in pain, been checked out, he just went through a bad training experience before he came to me and it broke his mind. Now he's good for nothing
except eating hay that costs me $300+ a ton. Who wants him
? Seriously, I'll give him to you for free.
I can't afford to keep, feed, and care for him for the next 20-30 years, especially if I can't safely use him. I've got a pasture full of older retired horses that earned
their place, they earned
their right to be kept fat and happy through all their ending "worthless" years, and they earned
their right to be quietly euthed in their own pasture and buried with the respect that they deserve not only as pets, but as productive members of the family.
Nobody wants to pay money for a proven bucker that can't be safely ridden, who's going to take him? I suppose if I wanted to be dishonest, I could likely drug him up and dupe some gullible buyer into taking him home, but what would that accomplish...other than to get some poor person hurt?
So I'll repeat the questions posed above. What happens to this horse?? Nobody will buy him, I can't give him away (unless someone who believes in butterflies and happy endings wants to take him on), I simply cannot afford to keep him.
Or, maybe someone would like to tell me which of my older good
horses should be put down just to make room for him?