by Worthington Daily Globe
October 17, 2011 at 7:00 pm in Worthington Daily Globe
The article concerning the petition to put USDA inspectors back into processing plants harvesting horse products is excellent. Thank you, Julie Buntjer, and the Daily Globe.
Tags: Agriculture, Farming, letters, Opinion 4 Comments »
More self-serving nonsense from horse slaughter advocates. There is NO humane horse slaughter. Horses are not cattle — they have different anatomy, longer necks, different flight reflexes, different sensory triggers. It is inhumane to subject them to the same slaughter process designed for another species.
Transport is brutal. Horses arrive at the slaughterhouse with bruises, bloody gashes, missing eyes — sometimes these eyes have been gouged out by the kill buyers to reduce fighting in the trailers! This is humane? This is what a “horse lover” would condemn their horse to?
Of course it’s not. Horse slaughter is not an alternative to humane euthanasia, it’s a convenient dumping ground for owners that abandon their commitment to care for their animals, for horse thieves that need a place to fence their stolen property, and way for irresponsible breeders to dispose of their “excess inventory” at a profit.
The threat that supposedly caring horse owners will abandon and starve their animals rather than pay the $200 to have them euthanized is just that: a threat. “If we can’t make money off killing these animals, we’ll just dump them in a field and blame it on animal welfare advocates.”
And that’s precisely what the author of this letter is trying to do: blame animal welfare advocates for holding horse breeders responsible for the care of their animals. When you breed an animal, you have an obligation to ensure that it is cared for properly — even if that means paying a vet to end its life through humane euthanasia instead of making a paltry profit by butchering it.
Whether through horse slaughter or abandonment, irresponsible owners want a convenient way to walk away from their obligations and blame it on someone else.
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Everything that John said, plus the fact that our horses are treated with drugs that are not allowed in horses for human consumption. And every time that a US horse is slaughtered some Killer Buyer is falsely and illegally signing an affidavit that the horse has not been administered any of the several drugs that are not allowed in Horses that are to be Meat on an European plate. The Irish just issued a position paper that will soon be the rule in all of Europe, I believe. Just economics say that there will soon be very few horses that will meet the criteria to be served in Europe as horse meat. We will have allowed the Foreign Companies back into our country, to grab the profit, and then be gone as the new rules are applied. And communities and towns will be devastated as Kaufman,Texas was. I live very close to that travesty, and have seen the community bloom after that plant was closed.
Attached is letter that the Mayor of Kaufman wrote to legislators to beg that these plants were never opened in the US again. I believe that your one-sided story, is inaccurate, old reasoning, and needs to be updated with fair facts.http://www.animallawcoalition.com/horse-slaughter/article/686
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And referring to Horse Slaughtering as Humane Harvesting of Horse Products…in itself shows that those greedy people who support this inhumanity have a lot to hide from the American Public who oppose Horse Slaughter 75% to 25 %. Just saying..and politicians pay attention.
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This proves that the author’s statement that the HSUS does not directly participate in horse rescue is hugely false. Facts should be checked before editorials are given the excellent rating. I can’t tell you how I resent this misinformation being published as fact. http://www.animallawcoalition.com/horse-slaughter/article/686
Direct HSUS participation in Horse Rescue.
They also directly fund The HSUS’s Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Texas. …
A horse rescue and sanctuary.
There is also another, but I don’t remember its name, but can find it.
Also provide financial aid to individual rescues and sanctuaries upon request for funds.
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