Horse Slaughter: For or Against it?
what's your opinion? Are you for or against it?
Personally, I'm on the fence about it. I'm against it because of how inhumane it can be. But I'm for it because what would happen to all of the unwanted horses? Where would we put them? If there was no horse slaughter, the abuse and neglect cases would increase.
What do you think?
For it due to the same reasons you listed. As a society we have to be able to do something with unwanted animals. Yes there are abuses in the slaughter houses, just like for cows/pigs/chickens. We have to go after the abuser, not shut the industry down.
Also the law of unintended consequences raises its ugly head. We ship them off to other countries that don't have the regulations in place that we do.
I think we need to focus on the problem that keeps the slaughter houses in business, and that’s the problem of horse overpopulation. I think we need to stop over breeding backyard/grade horses. We need to start realizing that horses can live into their 30s and 40s; and you need to be prepared for the day they start slowing down, and might no longer be sound.
Animals are not disposable.
I'm assuming you mean in Mexico. Here in Canada, there are many many regulations that slaughterhouses must follow.
I'm for it. Don't like it, but think it's needed.
For it. Back in the day horses were at "least worth their meat" and people "generally" took better care of their horses because of this. Also it raised the price of well broke wanted horses which covered the cost of their keep and training when sold.
Now horses face the unfortunate trip across the border and poorer standards of living due to some stupid love dovey activist legislation that shoots EVERYONE in the foot.
Just my observation.
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This topic is bound to set off some fireworks. We've tried and tested keeping this debate polite, but it just doesn't work.
In any case, I'm all for it. I don't mind people consuming horse meat...heck, I'd probably try it if given the chance. Slaughter is essential to keep things in balance, and as long as it stays humane, it's fine by me. The more disturbing thing for me is double-decker trailers carrying weak and thirsty horses jam-packed across borders to other countries when it's outlawed here.
Spirit11, it's not just backyard fuglies that are cramming the slaughterhouses. You don't have to be a nag, you just have to be unlucky.
I'm aware that there are problems there however, I don't know specifics. There ARE the regulations in place in Canada though and they tend to be followed. There seems to be something/someone in every feild that is known to man who doesn't think of the horses' welfare (i.e. rolkur or Nature Valley Farms).
I heard of a practice of breeding a broodmare at the same time that you breed a show horse, race horse, whatever. When the babies are born you can take the baby away from the broodmare and give her the show horse's baby to raise. That way the show horse isn't out of commission for so long. The babies of the broodmares are then disposed of, sold, or send to auction. Does this actually happen/still happen?
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