Im pro slaughter because all da pwety horseys ned a exape frm al da evil ppl out der!
I'm probably more anti-slaughter than I am pro-slaughter and I find that offensive. Are many people anti-slaughter because they can't handle the idea of their pet being killed for someone else to eat? Yes. Does that mean that these people only comprehend ridiculous baby talk? No. So if you'd like to make a comment regarding being pro-slaughter using proper english and spelling I'd be happy to give you a legible response.
I'm not from the USA but one of the main reasons I'm anti-slaughter is because of the lack of regulations.
I've seen the photos of horses when they come off the double decker CATTLE trucks (if the horses even make it off at all), I've seen the trampled foals, the horses with half a leg, the horses with half a face and all sorts of horrific injuries. One argument I've seen throughout this thread for slaughter is that it's HUMANE. Tell me what about those injuries sounds humane to you?
YES, there is an overpopulation of horses, YES slaughter is one way of dealing with it, but I'm of the belief that if you're too cheap to pay for the euthanasia of your old/crippled/lame/useless horse when it is of no further use to you - you are too cheap to own a horse. Go online and play horseland. At least that's free.
Now, I'm not a "bleeding heart" who thinks that homes can magikally be found for all the unwanted horses out there (who coincidentally are mostly bred by people who mustn't have IQ's out of the double digits), but in order for me to support slaughter the following things NEED to be fixed:
- Regulations regarding medications. A previous poster said that most horses going to slaughter are unwanted so probably haven't been wormed/buted etc. in their life. That may be the case for a small minority of horses, but the facts are, a lot of horses that go to slaughter WERE cared for at some point in their lives. This means they WERE wormed, they WERE buted when they were injured and they ARE unsafe for human consumption. That's what the warning labels on the medications are for! So until there is some way of ensuring that this contaminated meat isn't used for human consumption, I'll be anti-slaughter.
- Regulations regarding transport. I don't care how "unwanted" or "useless" these horses are - there is NOTHING humane about horses being trampled to death and mutilated because they have been transported in CATTLE trailers. Horses ARE NOT cattle. Sure it's "economical" for the slaughterhouses and kill buyers to transport this way, because hey! if the horse is dead when it arrives that's less work for us! So until horses can be transported humanely in horse-safe trailers to the slaughterhouses, I'll be anti-slaughter.
- Regulations regarding slaughtering. I've seen the youtube videos, I've seen the photos. It may not happen in the majority of cases, but then again it may. I will NEVER be pro-slaughter until a humane way of slaughtering horses is put into place and REGULATED. I remember reading an article on the fur trade, one farm kills the foxes using an electric bar, the foxes (having never been handled) when presented with this bar, bite onto it and BAM dead. To me, that is more humane than using a captive bolt/shotgun operated by someone without proper training. The captive bolt was designed for cattle, which by nature are a lot less skittish than horses when packed into crushes (meat cattle are packed into crushes regularly throughout their lives for dehorning, dipping, vet treatment. Feral/untrained horses? Not so much) I have no qualms about an experienced person killing a horse with a single bullet to the head, but this MUST BE REGULATED.
So to reiterate my above essay for those who don't want to read through the whole thing - I am anti-slaughter, but only because of the inhumane treatment of the horses on the way to and in the slaughterhouses. If any pro-slaughter people can give me examples of places where there is evidence of regulation and humane treatment I'm happy to re-examine my views, but until then, I'll stick to my opinion.
Like I wrote at the top of my post, I'm happy to debate and discuss the topic as I believe it's worthy of discussion, but it really doesn't help your cause when you mock people with a different belief to you.