Over-breeding and irresponsible owners are what have put horses in their current situation. We need breed organizations and humane societies to call for a moratorium on breeding. Any backyard yokel can breed horses (or more dogs, cats or humans)....and frequently do. Ari LeVaux apparently only cares about filling his belly, then writing proudly about his opinions. Anyone who has or worked with a horse knows that they are trusting and devoted. There is no humane way to slaughter a horse. Period. Slaughterhouses are an environmental nightmare, besides. Wild horse populations have as much or more right to grazing land as cattle and sheep, and their numbers can be controlled with sterilization techniques and adoption. Horses (and dogs, cats and humans) are not "disposable", despite the practices of uncaring and ignorant humans. They deserve better. And we humans deserve better that to read LeVaux's column.
Thanks for this article--this issue really needs to be addressed often and thoughtfully by those who care. I agree with one of the posts that over-breeding of domestic horses is one of the main problems leading toward starvation, abandonment and slaughter. Disturbingly, organizations like United Horsemen (not mentioned here but exists--see www.unitedhorsemen.org and also see the you-tube video "The Truth Behind United Horsemens Pro-Slaughter agenda") seek to re-establish slaughter in the US, and seeks to promote itself as a "horse welfare" organization when actually their agenda is most likely to set up breeding for the PURPOSE of slaughter........all done in the name of "freedom for family businesses", "more humane slaughter" and "the good of the horse".What we need is control of breeding, licensure for legitimate breeders, ownership classes required for the purchase of horses (as much neglect is due to ignorance), and such. Slaughter should be a last-resort, and in my opinion, not an option at all. There are many alternative ways to deal with horse over-population and owner responsibility.
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