Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
There was a local couple in the area for awhile, who would go to auctions, buy the old, lame, abused, and decrepit horses who would only go to slaughter anyway, bring them home, give them some love and feed and put them down. If they came across one who would get better with some rehab, they'd get him healthy and find him a new home, but most of the horses they had should really have been put down long before they ended up with this couple. They did a great service. Unfortunately, the bleeding hearts ran them out for being 'cruel' and 'killing horses who could have lived longer'. Yeah, no. The horses they ended up with were not ever going to have a good quality of life. What they were doing was a kindness, but American society as a whole has a huge aversion to anything having to do with death, and the crazies out there are only making it worse. There are far worse things than an easy death, but most people would rather pass the problem off to someone else or live in rainbow and butterfly land and shovel thousands into a suffering animal thinking they are 'helping.'
When I lived in Montana, there was a guy who had a sled dog business who would take old, lame, or crazy horses, cattle, etc. Feed them if they were still comfortable, put them down right away if they weren't, and feed them to his dog teams. He had a couple of big freezer trailers stacked with deceased livestock, and feeding time consisted of a chainsaw, bandsaw, and some grisly views, but his dogs were happy and healthy, he saved a lot of animals from going to a traumatic end at the slaughterhouse, and he was kind and compassionate toward the animals given to him for euthanization. Most met their end with a bullet to the head after a good grooming with their noses buried deep in a bucket of sweet feed. We should all be so lucky.