Today’s To-Do List: Think first, then get angry


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.

do-you-need-to-breed-graphicFirst, 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:

World Horse Welfare campaign bluntly asks horse owners: “Do you really need to breed?” – Equus, The Jurga Report, written by Fran Jurga.

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. 

USDA approves inspection for two horse processing plants, third coming; HSUS sues


“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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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Margaret

    I know breeders can get breed incentives for more and more babies on the ground. And with that in vitro breeding thing–you can put 100 babies on the ground from a given mare and stud. LOVELY. What happened to the championship bloodlines that made this horse so spectacular that everyone wants to breed to the stud.

    Quit the damn culling and polluting the food chain. How about breed incentives FOR NOT BREEDING YOUR DAMN HORSE?

    July 8, 2013
  • Daniel Cordero

    So feral horses are eating the peyote?? That ought to explain why they concentrate in feedlots along the southern border.

    At any rate, looks like Duquette and his PCRA pals won’t be have to trip more horses anytime soon; according to this paper they must be tripping nuts on their own already.

    July 8, 2013
  • JanSchultz

    What about “we do not want horses slaughtered” is so hard to understand? And believe me, if you politely ask anybody who is blatting away on FB that they are going to breed their mare why? You will get an earful of it is not your business. There is lots of talk about ending slaughter, lots of talk about not breeding, lots of talk about sanctuaries, but when it comes down to the rubber hitting the road – well …

    July 8, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    Listen up everyone, just called the White House again, and this woman said that they now have a special category JUST for horse slaughter comments, at the white House because there have been so many calls, KEEP bombarding that number 202-456-1111, I will call again later, just had to say this…..
    We ALL can BEAT THIS please everyone keep calling….. ok I’ve preached enough, thanks

    July 8, 2013
    • BlessUsAll

      Debbie, please post this important information on R.T.’s blog, too: 202-456-1111.

      Everybody who has a Facebook page or friends with a FB page: post it there, too: 202-456-1111. It’s an easy number to remember and a VERY worthwhile investment of time to make.

      I’ll call tomorrow morning first thing. And will ask others to do the same.

      202-456-1111 🙂

      July 8, 2013
  • Sue

    Regarding Chantal, Jerry, you got your wish! (and I’m glad too!)

    July 11, 2013