Kitten, and I have to disagree with you
. But I'll try to do it politely.
In my mind, rescuing something does not
involve money. If you purchase an animal off the meat truck, from the kill buyer, or even out of the feedlot, you've done nothing but buy
it. In other words, you've made a financial transaction in order to obtain that animal. That's not rescue, it's commerce
True, you've stopped the animal from being slaughtered, but I don't consider slaughter to be an evil, vicious fate from which horses need to be 'rescued'. This is apparently where antislaughter advocates and those who don't see slaughter as an inherent evil, differ.
If you pay someone to buy
their animal, regardless of the animal's living conditions or its ultimate fate should you not buy it, it's commerce, not rescue. This is why I have such a hard time with legitimate rescues BUYING horses. There are enough animals who really do
need rescuing, without rewarding someone monetarily.
If you buy it, I'll concede that you may very well be upgrading
the animal's living conditions. Proper feeding and foot/medical/dental care are definite upgrades if the animal wasn't getting them, but that still doesn't make it a rescue.