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Re: “Foes of horse slaughter cheer Congressional victory

The Wasp, the FDA classifies horses as companion animals. They are given medicines not used in livestock all their lives and many of those medicines are banned by the FDA for use in animals entering the food supply. If you look at it, the role of horses in our lives is changing dramatically. I have driven up to Van Buren county several times in the past few months. I have seen hundreds of cattle while less than five horses at any time on the drive from Little Rock to Clinton. And I would bet that those horses are being used as pleasure or performance animals, and not in ranching or farming in any way.

And your comment is typical of others who see this as a starvation or slaughter problem, no there are other options, not the least of which is euthanasia by a vet or a well placed bullet to the head. BTW, I don't know of any ranchers raising herds of horses for slaughter, do you? Kinda' skews those unwanted horses numbers if they are.

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Posted by Lisa Griffith on 06/23/2012 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Foes of horse slaughter cheer Congressional victory

Rutrow, You should ask yourself why the last two states that had slaughterhouses finally, through extensive court and legislative battles, closed them down, or maybe do some research and find out.

Sending your horse to slaughter is also turning your back on them. If you want to know a group that has, by and large, turned its back on our horses by allowing them to be sent to slaughter, look no farther than the AVMA. They don't profess to like slaughter, but have done little, as a group, to aid owners who might not want to send them to slaughter. Why is that? Do the large animal vets make too much money tending to livestock and not understand horses, or are they, in many cases, too willing to turn a blind eye to actually coming up with solutions to help owners caught in hard times or to educate prospective owners about the costs and responsibilities of owning any animal, especially a horse. Why doesn't the AVMA come up with solutions instead of shedding crocodile tears about the fate of the horses on the killing floors.

And to M. Alexander, anti-slaughter advocacy isn't about forcing you to live with dangerous horses. That argument is old and hackneyed. In most states, you can always shoot your horse and in all states, have it put down by a vet. In general, we are all adults and understand that all owners need options, but selling them to slaughter should not be one of them.

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Posted by Lisa Griffith on 06/23/2012 at 8:42 AM

 

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