Do minis get sent to slaughter as often as "big" horses? :-|
I thought maybe they are considered too small for meat?
I'm just having a tough time picturing a mini being herded off of a slaughter trailer with big horses. LOL
Sorry, that shouldn't be funny.:shock:
Yes they do get slaughtered. Horses are all the same, sold by the pound. Even newborn foals and pregnant mares get slaughtered.
Wow. I guess I didn't think about that. So they're just like any other livestock
Minis, regardless of their diminutive size, are horses and not dogs. People need to remember that. :wink:
But is having less strenuous laws for horses really a good thing? Maybe we could get rid of some craigslist crazies? :)
Do you want to have to license your horse, pay a fee, and have it wear a license tag?
Do you really want your vet to notify the county in which you live that you didn't vaccinate your horses on their set time schedule?
Do you want to have AC visit because you didn't vaccinate your licensed, tagged horse when the vets said it was due?
Do you want AC to have the ability to take your horse if it isn't licensed, tagged, and vaccinated per their statutes?
Horses should never lose their livestock status and be legally considered pets, and won't be if I have anything to say about it.
LOL okay okay. I totally agree, that should never happen.
However, animals that are considered pets aren't that strict... at least in my area :/
Are you sure, Eliz?
Just because you don't license your dog doesn't mean it's not a county requirement.
You need to check your local laws concerning companion animals. Where I live, which is very rural, dogs are supposed to be licensed. Cats are exempt.
Once an animal is licensed, the vet is obligated to inform the county if you don't keep up with the animal's vaccinations.
Where I live, we have NO animal regulations. The only regulation we have is a state law that says all dogs and cats over 16 weeks old need rabies vaccinations, and it must be done every 3 years.
I do believe in our area with the large population of skunks, bats and coons it is very prudent to vaccinate for rabies anyway.
Playing the devils advocate though Speed- if someone beats their horse with a 2x4, its "just livestock" and abuse laws don't apply. However if someone beats their cat with a 2x4, they go to jail. Livestock abuse is not taken seriously. If it was, every owner of every starved horse I rehab would be sitting in prison.
I agree that livestock cruelty laws need to change draft, but getting horses designated as companion animals instead of livestock is not the way to do it.
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