horses slaughter is still going on in the u.s and i as a horse lover want this to be stopped immediatly and honestly i think most people who love their animals wouldnt want to see there beloved pets go through what hundreds of horses go through. i dont get how those so called people sleep at night after they get done killing a horses how could anyone do that.
I think a better solution to the problem is creating a population curb. Having a equine vet inspection program to evaluate the worthiness of horses to breed. People wouldnt like it but the animals would have to be ID'd and yearly reports by stallion owners and mare owners. Equine husbandy/training education should also be a part of it. The only people that wouldnt like it would be the people producing horses for the heck of it and not concentrating on the quality of the horse. Much like the puppy mills and byb's of the dog world. Instead of ending up in shelters horses wind up in slaughter plants. Colts not gelded by the age of 18 months should be evaluated for stud quality or gelded. Same thing for mares only a little different, possibly issuing a no-breed or breed ID number (micro-chips?) that must be given to stud owner and reported to make sure they arent breeding unfit mares. Anyone with a quality stallion wouldnt want to loose credibility for breeding unfit mares. I dont like it when I see reduced stud fees for unregistered mares, I think that contributes to the problem of unwanted/slaughter horses. People think its cool to have colts running around. Those cute colts turn into 1000 pound devils if not trained and handled properly as foals and become the unwanted horses that get pushed around to trader to trader and neglected and then its off to the slaugter house. There would be a lot more that would go into the evaluation program but thats the only way to bring down the 90,000 head per year of exess horses that nobody wants that would other wise stand in the back of someones yard wasting away from neglect or slaughtered. Just like with dogs, leave the husbandry to the knowledgable and worthy.
A lot of the 'excess' is coming from the racing industry, which is money. I don't believe in crazy government breeding restrictions. That would be a nightmare to enforce and cost way more than will EVER be supported by our government. There are so few USDA inspectors as it is. Like they need yet another thing to steal time.
I think slaughter of healthy horses with potential is a tragedy. Permanently injured, ill horses, dangerous horses, and untrainable horses.... are a different story. If it is humanly done, some horses will always need to be culled from the herd. It is nature, but there aren't enough predators to do it any more.
I have thought about a program (private non-profit) that rescues SAVABLE horses from the kill pen, trains them, and finds them good, permanent homes.
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The reason I recomend Equine Vet Eval is because I know USDA would never be able to keep up. But there is usually an AAEP vet with in reach of everyone. I too support slaughter if done properly. While there is excess from the racing industry, thatís not what I see at the auctions going to slaughter. What I see are not race horses, they are usually just grade horses of no particular origin. They already have grading systems in place in Europe that have been going on for centuries. Few colts are kept as studs. I donít even approve of crossing certain bloodlines within a breed. It just doesnít make a better horse. Some lines cross some lines donít. I donít degrade others that do but its not something I do. I breed for top quality performance horses so I am not going to include Impressive, Kid Clu, or Coosa lines into my program. I just think that those who think horse slaughter should be banned, should be thinking about some alternative of what to do with the unwanted horses. The HSUS doesnít have the funds, time, or capacity to house 90,000 extra horses a year. Until anti slaughter people are willing to take these horses in and house, feed, and care for them, slaughter is the only option because they will continue to be neglected by their owners because they cant be put out of their misery by the slaughter plant.
Horse slaughter is such a highly debatable topic.. Much like abortion.
In my opinion. Its NEEDED. Horses were originally intended as a livestock. This is something most of us have forgotten.
When the slaughter houses were shut down the equine market went to crap. Ppl cant even give away horses anymore. The real problem I see is that the economy is so crappy a lot of ppl cant afford to take care of their horses. They cant sell them bc the market is crap, and they can hardly give them away bc someone else cant afford to take care of them either. So let me ask you this:
Would you rather watch a horse suffer? Sit and go hungry, die of some outlandish disease bc the owners couldn't afford proper vaccines? Go lame and hurt every day of its life bc the owners couldnt afford regular farrier services?
I would rather the horse be put out of its misery and be used for something else. Then let it sit and suffer. And Im someone who has owned my horse for almost 15 yrs now.
Im thankful they have been opened back up.. But thats just my opinion.
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