Horse Slaughter Debate
Forest or BLM to die a slow death. The Horse Slaughter Debate One of the prime movers, a lobbying group called the Humane Society based in Washington D. C. , with 9. 9 million members and a $122 million dollar annual budget (Horse & Rider 2007). The prime focus: the closure of all horse slaughter plants in the U. S. , and due to the Federal Law or the lack thereof. The U. S. government, in 2006 stopped funding any horse slaughter inspectors in the United States, therefore if the horse cannot be inspected it cannot be slaughtered.
Since the prohibition against using federal funds for inspecting horses destined for slaughter went into effect, horses going to slaughter have to travel 200 more miles and there are no rules or regulations on how the horses are treated while in transport. Horses exported for slaughter to Canada and Mexico increased by 148 percent and 660 percent, respectfully, from 2006 to 2010 (Government Accountability Office -GOA 2011).
So let’s think about this, if there is no longer horse slaughter in the U. S what are we to do with the unwanted horses? I completely understand that people love animals I do to.
There is a circle of life, Mother Nature sees to it. As ranchers, stewards of the land and having children, we have certain horses that will never leave the ranch; they will die here just like us. We have had horses that we are unable to sell or use for various reasons and have taken to the sale barn and I am sure they went to slaughter. It was a personal choice and that choice is part of the rights to being an “American”. If we do not allow the slaughter plants to re-open then the horses that are not wanted will continue to be turned out on National Forest or BLM and have the chance to die a much worse death.
Wild horses do not take in domestic horses; therefore they will be kicked off food and water. What they do get to eat they will have to fight for starving is a slow death that no horse deserves. Also, domestic horses are given yearly or monthly vaccinations that wild horses are do not get, so are the domestic horses giving the wild horses diseases? When the plants were open, in 2006 a 100,000 horses were slaughtered, all the meat from these plants was purchased by France, Belgium, Japan and Italy for human consumption. I know in the US this is barbaric, I do not personally want to eat “horse” meat.
Other countries have different morals, values and ethics. And they too are taught at a young age… does that make them wrong. No… Just different! The impact that this decision has had is huge and it is not over. In the overall picture this has had a huge effect on the horse market; horses are sold for under . 50 cents a pound, most of the time you owe the sale barn money, they do not owe you. Cowboys and horse enthusiasts alike take pride in the ability of the horse. Before all of the closures you could sell a good horse for thousands of dollars.
Is this how the Humane Society wants to honor the “Horse”? The American Quarter Horse Association and two of the largest veterinary associations in the U. S. , AAEP and AVMA, both oppose the ban because members believe it will result in less humane slaughter abroad (Horse & Rider Magazine Oct 2007). 1. I did not find any fallacies in this article it is all true, the information if reliable: I think most people believe in being humane and want the best for all living creatures. I just do not think they understand that there are far worse ends…starving to death would be one of them.