My essay on Horse Slaughter
Ok let me say this first: There are many varying opinions about horse slaughter and I respect that. In my college writing class we were asked to write an argument/persuasive paper on a topic of our choice. So what better than to choose horse slaughter as a topic! This is my opinion only, not posting it to shove it down anyone's throat. My opinion, as well as anyone else's is not wrong or right. Just making that clear as this is such a touchy topic (especially on a horse forum ha!)
Anyways, I just thought I’d share with my fellow horse enthusiasts. Please enjoy reading!
Great essay, I agree with a lot of it but you could definitely be using some commas instead of periods in some places. Sorry if you didn't want any kind of critique, I'm just an English nerd :)
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No problem, comas are my nightmare! I'm going to have a tutor edit it tommorrow.
It is not an essay but a biased rant written by someone with an agenda. Much of it is inaccurate and is taken directly from the biased agenda of the animal rights nuts. Their real agenda is to stop ALL livestock, horse and pet ownership.
Fraudulent organizations like PETA, HSUS and ALF, that also frequently contain animal terrorists, have worked to spread the lies and half-truths that you are repeating.
I suggest that if you really want to write a credible paper that YOU actually research and look to other sources than the animal rights nuts with an agenda. Check the AVMA and the AAEP websites. They are licensed Veterinarians with no agenda other than to help animals and relieve suffering.
I also suggest that you personally contact a dozen 'country Vets'. These are the Veterinarians that practice out of small clinics in rural areas where they doctor large and small animals. They are NOT the big equine centers that doctor high-dollar show and race horses.
I HAVE visited with many of them. They ALL say that their horse business dropped off from 75% to 90% after the slaughter plants closed and horses lost their value. They will all tell you that cheaper horses get little or no Vet care now because horses are so cheap people will just let them die and replace them.
Look up slaughter numbers and prices during the last recession. In the late 80s, 350,000 horses were sent to slaughter per year. Another result of the 'supply and demand' cycle that is happening now. The only thing different then is that a fat slaughter horse was worth $900.00 to $1000.00 so people kept them fat and well-cared for and did not starve any of them to death.
So, if you want to write a paper, try actually researching it and get both sides of the story. Your paper now is getting both sides of the story from one side -- the animal rights activists biased and untruthful side.
I never quoted or used information from PETA, HSUS, or ALF (I haven't even heard of ALF).
So why are you more interested in bias than truth?
Why would you not want to even know what statements in your paper are completely false and untrue? This alone tells me that you are not interested in the truth but just want to write a biased rant. There is a difference between bias and spreading untruthful rants put out by other biased people.
Everything you say as fact comes straight off of PETA and HSUS talking points and from their propaganda. So, where do you think it came from? What research did you do to come up with these conclusions? If you authoritatively quote 'facts', you should know where those 'facts' came from.
By the way, ALF ( stands for Animal Liberation Front). It is a terrorist animal rights group that has used fire (arson) to destroy laboratories that housed animals used for testing things like human drugs for safety. [They killed all of the animals, by the way.]
They are also suspected of torching the Cavel Horse Processing Plant in Illinois. It was definitely destroyed by arson.
I see you done your work well.. Its not how you wrote your letter its how you have the FACTS''
Pro slaughter groups always call names like TreeHugger, Goodoers, Terrorist, Bleeding Hearts etc. They will do all they can to derail what really needs to be done. ABOLISH HORSE SLAUGHTER and Create ways to educate the uneducated or Jail Criminals that continue to break laws without reward payments for slaughter..
For example Leroy Baker of OHIO an Auctioneer that owns and operates SugarCreek owes over $162,000 in unpaid fines and continues to operate..
Why are criminals allowed to be protected well its because some consider horses livestock this removes any protection as a dog or cat have..
OH Cheri recommends credit to the AVMA and the AAEP well they do support the ban on double deckers which many horses have died on HWY in route to slaughter.
Im sure if Cheri's love ones were in a vehicle that collided with a legal operating driver in a double decker she would sing a different story..
FACT is I can bet she is in the Rodeo ties or breeding Association ties a puppet for an irresponsible organization that has NO HISTORY of promoting or donating to any horse rescue in the US.
According to a release (FOIA) from USDA which clearly shows the condition horses arrived at the plants. Very few were thin Most were young and healthy. Good horses so they lied to the public.
Oh did I mention they operated illegal in Texas for years and we tax payers paid these foreigners inspectors which total a cost of $5 Million a year.
Or did any one mention that even thou the same amount of horses go to slaughter now they still cry we need slaughter in the US. NOT fact is these irresponsible people know they can make more money thats the FACTS..
They do NOT care for the horses if they did you would see the AQHA, APHA, AVMA, AAEP,Race Industry,Breeders set a fee in place to assist horse rescues.
Want to see a growing economy STOP rewarding criminals and create fees for rescues coming from a live horse such as Horse trailer sells,Tack,Park Permits,Auction sells, Breeding, Racing,Showing etc. You name it but these people WONT.. Its show me the money only..
Pure Greed and irresponsible people..
Here are the citations for my essay:
Unwanted Horse Coalition
Horse Slaughterhouses May Reopen After Five Year Ban - ABC News
Horse slaughter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Americans Don't Eat Horses
There are several factual errors in your paper. I didn't read the whole thing because it's not very well written and I couldn't bring myself to wade through it. Wild horses are freeze branded and are not allowed to be sold to slaughter. It's very well enforced.
Double decker trucks are NOT illegal for transporting horses and they have solid floors that don't allow feces and urine to fall down on the lower deck. A grown man can almost stand up straight in the lowest compartment. Horses wouldn't be able to lift thier head way up but they're not terribly uncomfortable.
The Canadian government studied the drug residue found in horses, cattle and pigs and the horses were 98% drug residue free, the highest of the three. There could very easily be withdrawl protocalls put in place by the Canadian or U.S. governments. The processors and feedlots are already using withdrawl protocalls.
Good luck with your paper. Hopefully your teacher won't know anything more about the issue than you do. You have every right to your opinion but you shouldn't lie to try to make your point or believe the lies of others. Think for yourself. You listed a series of sites that are absolutely biased, did you not think to check thier facts?
To my knowledge, the US Humane Society does not provide financial support for horse rescues. They do follow-up on allegations of cruelty and work with animal control, but they do not provide money to actually take care of the animals. That's up to cities, not-for-profits, and animal lovers to fund, while the Humane Society uses funds for lobbying for laws to promote their agenda.
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