Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
I'm a fence sitter on this issue.
One - Craigs list is a great resource for demographics on BYB's who should need a license to procreate (both personally and for their horses). Crap breeding crap .. wonderful. Slaughter for the bi-products of bad breeding, over breeding or the "oops" factor is so extremely sad and this area should be addressed for controls.
Two - the reality of having to put down a favorite pet, working animal, sick horse, old horse or just a horse that isn't a good sale candidtae is just that .. reality.
Three - does anyone, even the kings of TB's in Kentucky actually make money at the breeding game anymore? Seems to me its a crap shoot on all levels. I just wish people would back off so that supply and demand catch up.
Four - my problem isn't so much with slaughter as it is with the process leading up to slaughter. We've all seen the double decker trucks and the accidents and the images are graphic and revolting whether you are fore or against slaughter. We've all seen photos of the feedlot auction houses where horses hobble on three legs, have kick injuries, don't have enough meat on them to feed a fat dog, let alone a starving family of four in Darfur.
IN MY REAL WORLD - slaughter (and that is such a terrible choice of names) should be available, inspected, and regulated. It should be a viable option for horse owners/breeders that would allow them direct access to euthinasia for animals that can't be taken care of anylonger, for whatever reason. Drive up to the door (make an appointment if necessary), have a handler quietly walk the horse (if possible) into a stall and have the kill done quietly, calmly, and efficiently.
Once the soul has left the body the reality is that you have a carcass in front of you that could be used in several ways. You've kindly removed the burden of life from your horse and he/she is no longer a horse. Emotionally sad, but a fact.
I vilify those who "dump" their problem in a sales/auction house who don't have the courage to personally make the decision. That by driving away, they no longer need to feel responsible for what happens next 'cause they didn't have anything to do with it. These are the people who need to be smacked up side of the head and be told to wake up.
For the US to close and ban slaughter houses (still hate that word) was a huge mistake. It just made it a much more prolonged and sad path to a reality.
For me, the reality is having our horses have the chance to say goodbye to each other and with me or their owner, quietly walking them to a final safe place and having the vet put them to sleep. When the soul has left, the carcass is removed and we bury the halter and a braid from the tail in our memory garden. I could no sooner put my horse on the truck to go to a feedlot or auction than I could dump my dog in the street to fend for itself.
Phew .. my two cents.