Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
I'm not so much PRO slaughter as anti-anti slaughter. People need to be able to have choices, regardless of what a bunch of over emotional horse lovers think.
Contrary to popular belief, kill buyers don't WANT the old, skinny animals; like any meat buyer they want the young, healthy, and in good weight. Horses, just like any other livestock meat animal, is sold by the pound. The higher the weight, the more money the seller gets. It's typical economics, and equine kill buyers aren't any more ruthless, heartless, or inhumane than anyone else who raises, buys, and sells animals for meat.
I have no quarrel with the meat industry, because I utilize it every single day of my life. Every time I saddle up, cook dinner, or even feed my own beloved critters, I'm using something that was provided by the meat industry, and so are all of you.
I'd like to see it be as humane as possible for all animals, and that's something with which everyone should be concerned. Denying there's a supply and demand, or tarring/feathering anyone who works in the industry helps nothing, especially NOT the animals.
Instead of expecting some pie in the sky ideals to strike everyone, we need to work within human nature and realize that the world and its people aren't perfect. For some reason, everyone expects someone ELSE to do something instead of pointing the finger at themselves, and asking what THEY can personally do. And no, signing internet petitions isn't 'doing something', except making you feel better about yourselves without actually lifting a finger to really help.
You want to save horses from slaughter? Don't sell yours, ever. Keep them their whole lives, and forget your riding goals if your current horse isn't suited to the discipline of your choice. Learn to work with your animal's limitations, and give up everything you want and of which you dream. If you have an older, lame horse, or one whose temperament isn't suitable, too bad so sad. What? You don't like that idea? Why not? Oh, it's just OTHER people who need to follow the rules YOU dictate, instead of having to give up what YOU want.
You want the truth? You can't HANDLE the truth!