July 8, 2013
Far out in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Chantal was born this morning. We try to stay on top of those storms, since Habitat for Horses is the First Responder for horses after a hurricane landfall in several counties in Texas. Thus we wish Chantal a short life and hope that she becomes little more than a tropical breeze. In the meantime, let’s turn our attention to two articles of interest.
First, the ever present issue of breeding as a factor in filling up the slaughterhouse pipeline. When we try to discuss and dissuade folks from creating another foal, we often hear the response, “I understand, but this baby will have a home with us for the rest of its life.” I am amazed at people like that, who can magically see 40 years into the future and know beyond doubt that they will be standing beside their horse throughout it’s long life.
To that end, spend a few moments pondering this article:
To quote just a little of the article, (and understand while this is a British organization, the logic applies to ALL horse owners)
“World Horse Welfare’s message is that your choices as a horse owner can make a real difference to many horses’ lives, not only to reduce the amount of neglect, but also to make it easier for horses to find good, safe homes in the future.
“Most of World Horse Welfare’s work is widely supported and tends to benefit horses that have been the object of abuse or neglect, horses being shipped long distance to slaughter, safety for sport and racing horses, or even advances in veterinary research or horsecare education in developing countries. But with this move, World Horse Welfare points the finger at the very people who have been sustaining the organization — British horse owners — and asks them to consider that they might be part of the problem.”
From the start of a horse’s life to the end, here’s an article that should get your dander flying. Spouting the usual lies of the pro-killing horse haters, this industry magazine, Midwest Producer, says that since the US slaughterhouses closed 100,000 horses were left “without a market.” Of course, HSUS is to blame for standing in the way of getting relief for all these starving, neglected horses.
“Advocates of reopening horse slaughter facilities in the U.S. contend USDA-inspected horse processing is the most humane method of euthanasia to deal with the growing population of unwanted and neglected horses while preserving value in personal property. Further, Native American tribes from across the country have joined the battle to reinstate horse slaughter as feral horses are doing significant damage to tribal lands in the West, destroying plants used in ceremonies and tribal medicine.”
To which I ask several questions:
If the three slaughterhouses in the US couldn’t do it “humanely” before 2007, why should anyone believe they would do it “humanely” now?
What “growing population of unwanted and neglected horses”? More horses are slaughtered now than when the US slaughterhouses were open. If there are “growing numbers” why isn’t law enforcement taking action against the owners?
Suddenly feral horses have set off to destroy plants used for tribal medicine? Exactly what are they doing, walking through the marijuana fields? Eating the peyote? And this is the first time this has happened since Native-Americans owned horses? Of course, it has nothing to do with money, right?
What is so frustration is that professional publications not only expect the American public to believe this garbage, but that the majority of the American public WILL believe it. After all, it’s on the internet, so it must be true.
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