How plans are moving forward for Humane Processing proponents
PLEASE do not turn this into a general discussion of slaughter. There are more than enough of these threads elsewhere. This outlines NEW PROGRAMS that will be implemented by the organized group that intends to bring slaughter back to the United States with humane handling and new alternatives for unwanted horses.
As most of you know, I am a proponent of slaughter since I have not figured out anything else to do here and now. I have always been concerned, like everyone else, about humane handling and whether closer slaughter facilities will mean more horse theft.
The well-known group (United Horsemen) that has helped get the legislation passed to allow inspection of meat has sent out a letter to everyone on its mailing list. [I am on the mailing list but not a member.]
I thought I would copy this letter and see what the real horsemen on this board think of its provisions and of the new programs. Never before have re-training and marketing for resale been a part of any organized 'feedlot' or processing enterprise. I, personally, think it is a HUGE step in the right direction.
What do you think of a totally new concept like this?
Cherie, most slaughter buyers would rather sell a horse privately if he can make a profit.
I like it and would like to be a part of the retraining program if it gets going. I think one thing that should be added is a way to identify if a horse is known to have a problem that makes it suitable only for slaughter. I've ridden a few horses that had something wrong in thier head that would/ have hurt someone with little or no indication that they are inclined to do something like that.
Definitely a step in the right direction.
I agree with Kevin's addition. I've met a handful that shouldn't/wouldn't be re-trainable and would hate to see those types of horses passed on to someone thinking they could fix them and get hurt.
I think it's a good start. I would like to see certain caveats about the horses like Kevin & MHF mentioned. I'd also like to see some loopholes tightened or closed, vis a vis, the scanning of microchipped horses, prices a facility could charge to reunite and owner with his stolen horse or one that a previous owner wanted returned.
I think the training & resale is going to do 1 of a couple of things.
1/ It will get abandoned when they realize just how economically challenging it is to rehab/retrain/resell or
2/They will have a bunch of shady wannbe trainers who barely train the horse to accept a saddle and then sell so cheaply that it further depresses the market for a well trained horse.
I'd really like to see a more fully fleshed out plan for this provision.
It's a good start. And, I might be a little less worried than some of the others about the unscrupulous trainers. While they are always a black mark on the horse industry, I don't think this will bring out more.
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OP, thank you for posting this. I really like the microchipping factor and contacting the previous owner. I just wonder if people will get sloppy and lazy after X amount of time. Im sure itll happen. I also like the fact that if they feel the horse will be a canidate for retraining, theyll help place the animal for a 2nd chance.
Great steps in the right direction.
Cherie, I must say that I am very glad to see someone taking steps to do things like this. I agree with Kevin about the marking of horses that are just "wrong" as slaughter only, I've known a few of those myself over the years and I would hate for one of their trainers to get hurt when just trying to find out what the horse was like.
I really like the idea of training and re-marketing the horses with potential, but I am unable to see how they can maintain that portion of the process without good trainers just volunteering their time.
UNLESS, they did something like they are doing with the mustangs and the prison training program.... That might be something to think about.
Thank you very much for posting this. :happydance:
I really like the general concept. I know quite a few people who already have chipped their horses. I would be happy to chip mine just in case.
I believe that the retraining program could catch those few that just wound up there by bad luck - and hopefully won't put those who seem fine but are flippo-kitties back into the system.
All I can say is LOL. Yes, I can really imagine an adoption program operating out of the same facility as a slaughter plant. And they have five days to rehabilitate the horse. Could it be anymore ludicrous?
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