How is horse slaughter inhumane? One bolt to the head and the horse is gone. And I am sure they have ways to make sure the meat is just fine to be consumed by people, they did it for how many years before the bleeding hearts got the plants shut down?
I think the cop out is to punish the people who cannot care for the animals and cannot unload them either, which is where a majority of the abused and neglected horses are coming from, sheer human desperation. If anyone needs to be punished it is the ones who pushed for the plants to be closed in the first place. Now I am not saying that people are not at fault, but to spend the hundreds of thousands of tax dollars(that could be going to health care, the elderly, schools, parks, ect.) to incarcerate them all is not the answer ESPECIALLY with the economy the way it is.
And yep Kevin, I agree, it is not like they are just going to let the flush everything down the drain, these are government regulated facilities, they have codes for waste disposal that they have to follow under penalty of HEAVY fines.
I suppose it depends on what your idea of humane is. This sure isn't mine:
Neither is this:
Please share how the plants are addressing the drug issue. I have been unable to find anything on that, other than it is nearly impossible, nothing specific yet.
Nobody is required to own any animal. It is a choice, and is one that should not be taken lightly. What happens to the dogs and cats that owners can no longer care for? They go to a shelter and if are not adopted they get euthed-a humane end, not shot in the face, sometimes multiple times (see above videos) hung by one leg while still very much alive, stabbed and bled to death.
I'm not saying that all owners should be put in jail, but at a minimum they should be banned from ever owning animals again-no matter the species.
If you can't care for an animal, or "unload" (?) it then give it a humane end. If you can't cough up the $$ for your vet to do it, bullets are cheap and a correctly
placed bullet while the animal is in a familliar place is a far more responsible option than sending it to slaughter.
There were just as many if not more abused and neglected horses while the US had plants operating.
Why should the people who pushed for the plants to be closed be punished? How does the US closing plants affect the number of abused and neglected horses at all? Sending a horse to slaughter is just as much of an option today as it was while the plants were open here.