My Turn: Urgent challenge to all people of faith


May 30, 2013 | Karen Borch | The Taos News

6d15a71a94bdc55ec134d5c2f252bae3Regarding the controversy over a horse slaughter plant opening in New Mexico, people are missing the point. There is no such thing as humane horse slaughter. Pro horse slaughter people are dead wrong. Their disgraceful misinformation and absurd falsehoods are effective and designed to mislead.

According to veterinarian, Dr. Lester Friedlander, former USDA slaughter inspector, it is an indisputable fact, there is no such thing as humane horse slaughter. The public has been duped into believing this outrageous lie, because it promotes acceptance.

Seventy-five percent of New Mexicans claim they belong to a religious community, over half of them identify with being Catholic. It’s not contrary for people of faith to reconcile and accept extreme brutality and unspeakable violence against one of God’s most magnificent creatures, instead of looking upon the horse with awe and wonder?

People of faith need to speak up, because silence is consent. God never said, I give you dominion over my animals and you can do whatever you want to them with impunity, including the most excruciatingly painful and terror filled end to their lives.

It is not written in any faith doctrines that we have the God given right to inflict such pain and suffering on any living creature, let alone, the horse. This dishonors us as human beings and it dishonors God.

There is a spark of the Divine in every living creature on this earth and there is no justification whatsoever for this most deliberate and hideous cruelty. Compassion and mercy for God’s creatures has not gone out of style. It still defines us as human beings.

I challenge anyone to go on the Internet and watch horses being slaughtered on youtube videos. It is so shocking and obscene that the human spirit can be emotionally damaged by even watching the videos. Indeed, many people recoil in horror and cannot even bear to watch such deliberate and despicable butchery take place.

CONTINUED – Read the rest at The Taos News. (It’s very important to comment on Karen’s article at the Taos News to show the importance of this article. Comment here, of course, but commenting there will have a much greater impact.- JF)


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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Debbie Tracy

    This whole business of horse slaughter is morally disgusting and HOW we as a country can condone this is beyond me…. It shows me unfortunately how low we have fallen… Human’s kill and destroy everything we touch with NO remorse…. I just can’t wrap my head around not only torturing all these horses for YEARS but also letting the toxic meat into the food chain with no thought to it at all!!

    It does say in the bible that we as humans are the stewards of all animals and to treat them humanly… We are failing big time in taking care of our animals… SO SAD

    May 30, 2013
  • Mary Anne Gardner

    I so hope that there can be something to stop this cruel act. The world is in such a bad way
    it looks like we could have a soft heart for our animals to give us anything we ask of them.

    May 30, 2013
  • lea hebert

    This is what you say:”It is not written in any faith doctrines that we have the God given right to inflict such pain and suffering on any living creature,”
    Wrong in the bible they talk about sacrifices for God and the Koran explicitly say to kill and massacre all infidels…

    May 30, 2013
  • lea hebert

    All religions are prejudice against others…and all have a violence history

    May 30, 2013
  • Jean

    I am totally against slaughter. We can protest slaughter all we want, but it will still take place someplace. The industries that produce excess horses plus the BLM’s trying to rid the West of wild horses are the root of the problem. How do we stop that? How many horses are produced that do not make it to rodeos, races, cutting, jumping, etc that are shipped off? What can we do to stop that?

    May 30, 2013
    • Lisa Hobson

      Love the comment and this opportunity to plant a seed for thought. We can start to contact directly the breed associations and ask them to start taking some responsibility and maybe change how they do business. Just a thought and an idea. Have a wonderful
      Day and thanks for caring.

      May 30, 2013
  • Barbara Leonard

    I don’t think this cruelty is at all what God intended.

    May 30, 2013
  • peggy peterson

    There has got to be a way to stop this madness ! Pray to God for help.

    May 30, 2013

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