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View Poll Results: Are you for or against horse slaughter?
For Humane Horse Slaughter 78 86.67%
Against Horse Slaughter All Together 10 11.11%
It Really Doesn't Bother Me Either Way 2 2.22%
Voters: 90. You may not vote on this poll

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    11-14-2012, 08:48 PM
  #11
Yearling
I will post my paper after its finished and you guys can vote if you think I am reasonable. I am pro-slaughter. There are so many horses that are just unwanted and that people can't afford and thrown away. But for them to be beneficial in other ways beyond life is just as good as a champion APHA horse being beneficial to the people who win the shows with them and take home checks. There are to many starving people out there and horses in corals starving until they eventually die where they are stand, can help cancel each other out. Even more so with beef getting ready to sky rocket.

I only humane though. Only humane.
     
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    11-14-2012, 09:09 PM
  #12
Green Broke
I'm pro slaughter.. It'd be amazing if it were regulated and humane but it's a necessary evil IMO.
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    11-15-2012, 12:53 PM
  #13
Weanling
What I've seen in my area of the country. And I buy and sell horses..and train. Is that there is a surplus of lame.hurt or to old horses for free. No one knows what to do with them. Its mean to let a hurt horse continue on. Or a horse that's so old you can't keep weight on it. Cruelty comes in many forms.trying to be noncruel by banning slaughter has actually put more horses in pain and a miserble way of life for them..so im pro slaughter as long as its done right
     
    11-15-2012, 04:29 PM
  #14
Yearling
Another thought to the "Pro Slaughter" thing. I find it unfortunate that so many of the rescues fill themselves up with horses that are no longer ridable. I am not saying they are any less worthy of care. It just seems sad that so many people want horses but so many great, ridable, young horses go to slaughter while rescues are full of older, un-ridable horses.

Again, in the perfect world, we would have places for all of them but until people get smart and STOP BREEDING BACK YARD HORSES we are going to have large numbers being slaughtered, through no fault of their own.
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    11-15-2012, 04:59 PM
  #15
Foal
HUMANE slaughter is important.
Temple Grandin has made a huge impact for cattle going through, but has not been used for the horses.

I wish that vets could make it more affordable to euthanize.
I don't know why it's so expensive.
But, a lot of people don't have a place to bury the horse.

It's a no win situation.
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    11-15-2012, 05:28 PM
  #16
Showing
Well, I'm going to try not to get into the whole debate of the whole thing again, but I figured I would link to this older thread (not sure if you read it). If you are looking for speaking points for your paper, there are a ton of good ones in here.
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    11-15-2012, 05:36 PM
  #17
Foal
I'm for humane slaughter with regulations. There's too many horses and, god forbid, if any horse of mine somehow ends up slaughter bound, it can at least be headed to a close by US slaughter facility. The issues we are seeing with horse slaughter come from having to haul them 14+ hours across borders and into a country that has a very different view point on what is "humane".
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    11-15-2012, 06:00 PM
  #18
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by MissColors    
I will post my paper after its finished and you guys can vote if you think I am reasonable. I am pro-slaughter. There are so many horses that are just unwanted and that people can't afford and thrown away. But for them to be beneficial in other ways beyond life is just as good as a champion APHA horse being beneficial to the people who win the shows with them and take home checks. There are to many starving people out there and horses in corals starving until they eventually die where they are stand, can help cancel each other out. Even more so with beef getting ready to sky rocket.
I only humane though. Only humane.
Then your paper should include who is eating the expensive imported meat. It's not the starving.
     
    11-15-2012, 06:09 PM
  #19
Yearling
I would rather see a horse humanely slaughtered then sat in a dank stable or tiny back yard or field starving to death, or very ill and meglected or abandoned. I personally would never send a horse to slaughter but it is still better then the alternative.
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    11-15-2012, 07:53 PM
  #20
Showing
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Originally Posted by natisha    
Then your paper should include who is eating the expensive imported meat. It's not the starving.
This brings up another point. I am a firm believer that not all of the meat needs to be exported to be eaten in fancy restaurants in foreign countries. What's wrong with making horse meat available in supermarkets and/or butcher shops? Now, this is just guesstimation, but I would guess that it would be less expensive than beef, even though there are fewer horses slaughtered simply because of supply and demand. Most people in the US have an aversion to eating horse meat (I wouldn't because I don't like the taste), but I'm sure that people living in poverty stricken areas that cannot afford beef wouldn't complain about having a cheaper red meat alternative.

Especially considering the fact that the price of beef is about to skyrocket due to the drought we've had the last 2 years.


ETA: Also, seeing my avatar made me think of this, why couldn't they add in the BLM Mustang culls to the slaughter numbers too? I know, I know..."But, but, the mustangs are a part of history and they all deserve to be freeeee". However, how much money could our government save if they disposed of those older unwanted horses that are standing in holding pens eating expensive hay year around?
     

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