I read the post... got fired up when she said her mother sent her lifelong 22yr old horse to the auction, and got $700 to buy a new horse. And than said not to call her mother heartless.
Here is the thing, I don't have a problem with slaughter and think there is a need for it and that every state should have a plant. BUT I do think we owe something to the horses we have given a home to for 13 1/2 years and a lifelong 22 yr old.
I have buried two on our farm. I have sold horses that didn't work out for me. I have never sent a horse I lamed up or that became lame after years of work for me to an auction. I had them euthanized and buried. If I knew how to shoot them I would have done so. My son has shot two of his that were injured and put them out of their misery quickly. One broke his neck coming off the trailer and the other slipped and broke his hip.
The point is she said not to call her mother heartless. What do you call someone who takes a 22 year old horse to an auction when it is no longer of service to you?
Is there a place and a need for slaughter? Absolutely... my horses will not go there. If I can't afford to take care of them after we can't use them anymore, I will put them down. I wouldn't even put our last old boy on the trailer to take him to the vet...he would have been very upset with the surroundings. Vet came out... we walked him over to the hole that was dug, I petted him, shed a tear and loved him ... to the very end.
This was not a debate with me so much over slaughter and am I pro or anti. It was saying that after being a lifelong companion and being shipped off for slaughter shouldn't be determined as heartless.
There ya go. My last post as no one is going to budge on this anyway. I see the op as someone who uses a horse up and than gets the last penny out of his hide. She sees me as a wickednag. It is all good and we will both move on and do what we do with our horses anyway.