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post #21 of 26 Old 05-26-2018, 11:30 PM
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You will find that any time you invoke PETA, the majority of people seriously involved in animal breeding, training, and keeping will label you as either na´ve person who has not done their homework, or a dangerous weirdo to be avoided at all costs.

I'm one of them, and due to your other posts, am consigning you to the first category and thinking you are just na´ve.
PETA is an organization of extremely dubious moral standing which has done incalculable damage to animals and to humans. They are truly horrible. Almost nothing they say is true. They are the terrorist arm of the ASPCA, which is no longer a humanitarian organization (unlike local SPCA's by the way).

That said, the question of the role of domestic animals, and our relationships with them, is always worth asking, in this age of an abyssal divide between enormous-scale industrialized animal production on one hand and the complete absence of all human-animal interactions other than household pets on the other.

Until just before yesterday, human beings interacted with all sorts of other animals, domestic and wild, on a constant basis. We lived with them, we ate them, used their eggs, skins, milk, we taught them things and they taught us, we used them, and they used us, we watched them -- and they watched us. Not any more. This weird anomalous state of being has given rise to such monstrosities as chickens which are all breast meat, cows which are milk factories for a couple years and then slaughtered, stockyards that pollute the air and water for square miles -- and PETA and its ilk.

Crazy crazy world.


Except maybe the na´ve part; might suggest someone is just trying to ruffle our feathers?

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Except maybe the na´ve part; might suggest someone is just trying to ruffle our feathers?
Never attribute to malice what can be explained by ignorance.
On the other hand on the internet it is never amiss to be cautious.
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Perhaps, like so many that support PETA, the OP didn't realise what they are all about?
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I have never gotten that kind of impression from the Humane Society of America. They seem all about making pet ownership work for both parties involved.
That's the PR. The reality under the PR is very, very different.

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The fairground "petting zoos" with the ponies hitched to a sort of merry-go-round thing made me feel sad, like they were just cogs in a machine.

The barn I ride at does pony parties. They are pre-scheduled and time limited, either held at the barn or at the partier's home. They have an assortment of ponies, but usually bring one of the horses as well because the adults eventually give in to the excitement and want to ride, too. Usually there's two or three handlers and the ponies can have as much attention as they like.

When not working, the ponies have turnout and care just like all the other horses. That seems just as reasonable to me as horses for lessons and trails, as long as they're of suitable temperament.
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post #26 of 26 Old 05-27-2018, 07:31 PM
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I whole hearted agree with Avna.
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