I'm going with Kevin and all the others. While I respect and love my horses (which are performance bred
), they are still livestock.
Slaughter is fine, with any animal, as long as it is responsibly done (meaning, the animals are specifically
bred for meat, they are treated properly, cared for, and slaughtered humanely and as quick as possible). I'd rather see horses being specifically raised for meat, and kept on a meat farm in the same manner as cattle, rather than in the hands of an honestly horrible person like Monty Merola
(warning: graphic!), or waiting around in a slaughter house and dying of malnutrition after being left homeless by some backyard breeder.
Honestly, if we didn't have so many people irresponsibly breeding fugly, unhandled horses that end up without a home, we wouldn't have so many horses getting sent away to be slaughtered cruelly
and horse meat farms like these (which are a lot more common than you think) wouldn't have such a bad name. I think we should hold some respect
for farms like these; they are doing this responsibly.
I even more glad to see they are being raised drug free. Condone the idiot equine breeders and horse hoarders (backyard "rescues") instead.
There are show circuits for cattle, chickens, and the lot, yet we still raise them for meat and eat them. There are even farms that raise dogs
specifically for meat.