and thats what happens with starting points. People that dont know the whole story throw out numbers, Other people like clueless politicians pandering for votes grab those numbers. Next thing you know they become laws. Of course slaughter house people will simply ignore them, and the basic law abiding people like us get stuck with more and more restrictions. Sorta the same model as gun control, criminals simply ignore the laws.
Are you ready to have to pull your horse trailer into check stations every day so a inspector can say they approve or disapprove ? Are you ready to sudenly have extra taxes and fees involved to pay for those inspections? Do you really think they will do anything but make it a burden on the rest of us ?
Laws and regulations seem to always lack common sense. The law gets written and supposedly followed, common sense after the fact doesnt help.
No way I would support laws or regulations. They WONT work.
Fox hunter, for example, the majority of your points are examples of laws with good intentions that get passed and screw things up.
2. Limit number of hours ? what s the limit, who decides ? who enforces ? who's guidelines, PETA's ?
3. Crammed together ? care for a legal definition of crammed? Thats a subjective term, some people might think me putting a 16 hand horse in my trailer is crammed others think its ok, crammed is a subjective verb.
4. Whats a holding pen ? whats freedom of movement, for how long ? what about a stall at a dressage show ? I say a 12 X 12 stall is no freedom of movement, others keep their horses in one over night, again no way to quantify your verb,
5. Whats within sight ? horses have great eyesight. what happens when a horse breaks its leg on a trail ride, everyone has to leave me? how far ? what distance ? who decides?
6. Trained ? to what level ? I trained soldiers all the time, many of them still cant hit a barn wall from the inside. who sets the standard ? who tests them? who pays the salaries of all these marksmen trainers ? What do they practice on?
7. Prices are set by the market, not government intervention, that's called communism, didnt work out so well for the most of the world.
8. I dont really follow the logic.
My point being lots of laws are passed with good intentions, and the unintended consequences arnt anticipated. Public perception and choices at the market place will have a greater effect on these corporations that laws,
Several examples in the news recently where big corporations like Mcdonalds, KFC, and Purdue chicken has changed the way animals were treated before and during slaughter.