Quite simple really. Please support this and add this stamp to your shoutboard if you agree. I don't however want to here anything about not banning it, if you want to argue, go somewhere else and do it!
Ashora123Featured By OwnerJul 26, 2011Student Traditional Artist
Only about 70-75 pounds of meat from one horse is used for consumption, the rest is deemed unfit for humans to eat and is then discarded or put into petfoods as Animal by-product, or just totally discarded, depends on the slaughter house doing it. The edible meat is shipped to countries that eat horses regularly.
If horse slaughter is to continue, it should be done in more humane means.
I believe it has ended actually in America (I have to look this up) and because so, we have millions of unwanted horses which many end up for some guy's target practice (true story). Many of those unwanted horses end up on deckers headed for Mexico, which has more horrid slaughterhouse conditions than America had. The slaughter has ended taking place on our soil, but hasn't ended ultimately, as it's only us taking them out of the country to continue the business.
I think the way we kill the animals for food, is down right evil. Horses are beautiful animals. I dont understand we people will slaughter them. Same thing with Cats, Dogs, and other Small Animals[well, all animals really]
I support ending horse slaughter... and pig slaughter and cow slaughter and chicken slaughter etc. Where the line is drawn between "pets and produce" is 100% arbitrary. I have trouble understanding how people can be disgusted by eating dogs, cats and horses but still happily eat other kinds of meat.
added! i was just discussing with someone the other day about how much it bothers us that horses get slaughtered. this lady's parents actually rescues horses. they took in a race horse that was still the age of one digits, broke its leg and was going to be sent to be slaughtered, but her parents took him in and he's doing great! you would never guessed that he even had a busted leg. i totally back you up for this, thank you for making one.
Horse slaughter has ended in the U.S. and its rather sad. Though horse slaughter is not the answer we now have millions, and I mean millions of unwanted dying horses. Unfortunately the horses who where being transported "safely" to local U.S. plants are now in unruly double deckers heading to Mexico and Canada. Horse prices have dropped over 50% and more and more horses are being abused and starved to death. The main fault at this point is back yard horse breeders who are adding to the unwanted percentage of horses. Our country is currently facing economic issues, and ending slaughter has done neither the horse or human good. Feed prices have dramatically increased, and it just costs to much to own equine, bovine, etc. We have a huge issue in our hands, and though ending horse slaughter would be so nice (and I mean SO NICE) it unfortunately isn't the best answer at this time.
Off topic, we go to our local auction house every Saturday and you can now buy a healthy (or unhealthy) registered, AQHA or APHA mare, stallion, gelding, broke to ride for under $100.00. (the normal going rate is $40-75)
I completely support this stamp, but this issue is not as simple as we all would like it to be. (No one attack me please, I am just trying to give some info)
If you have the interest and time, please check these facts out: [link] After all that I've read and seen, coupled with my own knowledge of horses, I'm afraid that I see horse slaughter no better than leaving a horse to starve to death.
The method of stunning equines in slaughterhouses -- by captive bolt -- is not effective for long-necked animals such as horses. Many horses ejected from the knock-box return to consciousness within seconds, and many are hoisted up by a hind leg alive and aware of their surroundings as they have their throats slit. Some die piece by piece. This is not made up: [link]
Even Dr. Temple Grandin is suggesting alternatives to slaughter to deal with the unwanted horse population in the U.S.A. Not even she can find a totally humane way to butcher equines because they are such extreme flight animals with very sensitive senses. [link]
I agree that eventually, yes, we all die. But death doesn't have to be so painful as it is let to be in slaughterhouses: [link]
I'd LOVE more than anything else to see it abolished for good all across the world. However, I also think that slaughter is, at this point in time, a better choice with the horse's best interest in mind. They will die regardless, and as heartless as it sounds, I'd rather see them die quickly and (relitively) painlessly in a slaughter house than to slowly starve or die from neglect.
It's a really, really hard topic, and I dont think there's an easy answer to it.
true, here in Aust we're suffering a horiffic drought that has lasted 3ish years. all the farmers are walking off the land, and horses are being left to die. even if you ban the slaughter, how much does a bullet cost? and we all know that's what's really going to happen. i am all for rehabilitation of animals, including horses, but the issue (i believe) is not to ban slaughter (though it is the moral option) but to invest in the reduction of breeders etc... not 'breeders' coz they're doing the right thing and know what/how to do... its, like you said, all the backyarder's and people encouriging them by buying cheap horses.
Aust? Do you mean Austin Texas? We have property down there and the land is in horrible condition. Trees and shrubs are dying left and right and the same goes for the animals. We are currently working on a "hunting project" to help reduce the deer and wild hog population to increase survival rate. Also it's not so much the cost of a bullet its the cost of the gun.
yeah. i agree here too.. I'm not for inhumane slaughter, and as sad as it is, I agree it is necessary, but not to do inhumanely. I mean, cant they do it humanely? I'm all for banning inhumane slaughter. it's stupid, retarded.. yah. Humane slaughter is necessary IMO. heh..
The different locations play a big part in inhumane and humane slaughter. When they stun the animal it no longer feels pain and dies. This is when the "slaughter" process begins. HOWEVER some plants and workers have been caught slaughtering the animal before it is dead. Which is horrible to think about.
This is for someone else's post: Canines and felines are of a different category. Equine, Bovine, Swine and Ovines are all meat animals. In the U.S. people are disgusted by the idea of eating a horse, dog or cat because we do cherish them and consider them pets. However the rest of the world (in some areas) does not view horses, dogs, cats as anything less than a meat animal. The line between "pets" and "produce" was drawn when man first hunted and discovered what animal was more valuable.
(sorry everyone if my opinions and facts make you feel bad, I just feel I have a obligation to speak about this subject as most people will not and I feel I need to inform people, since I plan on being a equine vet)