Join Date: May 2010
Location: Rich Valley, AB
I'm 'pro slaughter' because it moves unwanted horses. They're not typically bred for slaughter, they're made up of the 1,000,000 or so horses that are unwanted. The meat man usually picks horses up at auction who don't have anywhere else to go except to be put down. (People can go up and ask to buy a horse afterward from them, from what I understand some are willing to let the horses have a good home if they can) And if the horse is going to be put down anyway for whatever reason you may as well eat the meat and use the bones for something.
A lot of ranchers (from what I understand) used the slaughterhouses to sell off their old horses who they couldn't take care of anymore, because they need room for the ones who can do heavy-duty work. They do try to sell what they can, but if there are no takers whatcha going to do? There's not enough money to go around. Now they have to let the horses become feral and fend for themselves. They used to get some income to use for what they needed, but now they have less coming in and more going out.
Personally, I will be putting my horses down when they can't work for me anymore. And I mean can't as in they're on their deathbeds, there's no point in trying to keep them alive. I'm not 'pro-life' in that sense 'cause I just think it makes things worse. I am planning on keeping the meat, selling some maybe, and using everything from the horses to use - their hides for leather, skulls for painting on and selling... etc so that I can have more money to go around.
I love my horses, and it's out of respect that I wanna do this as well. It's weird, yeah, but it's spiritual thing that I want to do to bring me - in a way - closer to them. Kinda like 'eating the heart of your enemies to gain their strength'.
I think it's stupid to close slaughterhouses only because then the horses have no where else to go and people with already strained resources have to dig deeper to take care of them. I mean, yes... regulations to protect horses, cattle, dogs.... etc are needed. They shouldn't be treated like things, but given the respect they deserve. If they live a good life they're not going to mind dying to fill people's bellies.
But for me it's mostly a spiritual and self-reliant issue, considering what I wanna do with my life is very expensive.