Missy, I'm not sure where you think anyone is advocating equine slaughter 'just because'. If there wasn't a market for it, it wouldn't exist.
All of those civilizations and cultures you mentioned ate horses. It's only been a very recent phenomenon that certain people have decided that horses are 'more special' than any other meat animal, and use that excuse to try and infringe on other peoples' rights.
Your argument about eating people, and that Westernized civilizations don't eat horse because of their cultural values was wrong on far too many levels, which makes you appear as woefully uneducated on the topic. I can't take someone seriously who doesn't use rational, factual arguments.
Herdbound is correct; eating meat isn't going to stop regardless of how many hysterical, emotional, badly thought out arguments people throw out there. For every person who sees horses as fur people, there will be 10 others who see them for what they really are; livestock.
I have never met anyone, be they anti or pro, who advocates torture. Death isn't pretty in whatever form it takes, but my concern is for the animals and their welfare BEFORE they get dead, not what's done with the carcass afterwards.
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Well, forgive my ignorance, but attacking one's education is not a factual argument style I am familiar with. Implying I am hysterical, emotional and unable to present a "thought out argument" on the basis I posed a philosophical question is equally foreign to me...again, forgive my ignorance.... I am not accustome to engaging in conversations with such superior intellect.
At the extreme risk of embarrassing myself, as you put it, and showing my ignorance of history, I must say, industrialization, mechanization and mass transport changed things for the horse just a teeny tiny bit starting around the late 1800's in the US. Horses went from being very valuable methods of transport and work (which acted as an effective control of their breeding) to being mostly for pleasure. The very mechanized machinery that replaced them in the fields meant commodities were more abundant than ever - and cheap. Which meant, people could raise more horses! I realize this is an over-simplification, and probably never actually happened b/c I am so ignorant...but lets just throw the poor girl a crumb and say...yeah, it happened. Horses were then increasingly bred WILLY NILLY. That is what I have a problem with...completely preventable breeding of unwanted undesirable stock.
Yes, many cultures here and there ate horses. Mongols and icelanders being examples of cultures intimately involved w the horse...but they slaughtered out of what they deemed necessary and they practice(d) controlled breeding...and they could not purchase vast quantities of hay on the futures market or at the local feed store. So, today's horse slaughter in the US and like examples are not comparable - to the point, they are irrelevent.
Historically speaking on this very thread, I have not advocated NO slaughter, I have advocated contolled breeding by license or some other regulatory method. None of which would have any effect on the freedoms of responsible people wanting to breed sire "x" to dam "y" for a specific reason. It would not eliminate slaughter, it would reduce the number of horses that are unnecessarily slaughtered.
Demand is not an argument I find compelling. Heroin is one of the most stable commodities in the US, hence it is in demand. There is a huge demand for human transplant organs...should we not infringe on people's "freedoms" to regulate the sale of same? There is a demand for things unspeakable...should demand for them prohibit laws against the sale of them? I don't know, I am looking to your superior intellect and factual based well though out argument for the answer. I personally do not think "demand" is a good enough excuse to not regulate horse "production" (i.e., preventing, to the degree possible, unwanted and undesirable stock).
People worry and worry about losing their "freedoms"...with the commodities exhange modernization act...you can consider them - gone. No riots over that. But regulated equine breeding...whoa, that is just to much!