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Includes shipping and insuranceOK - time to get on my soapbox.
First remember that I LOVE HORSES. And BECAUSE I love horses, I reluctantly support the the humane slaughter of horses as a necessity for their survival and well being. I know this sounds like an oxymoron, but follow me on this...
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has successfully shut down the US businesses that processed horses for overseas consumption. As a result, hundreds of thousands of horses are facing slow, painful starvation.
We are in the middle of a terrible drougth in Texas. I have friends who have owned horses all their lives who can longer afford to feed them (and in some cases cannot even FIND feed at ANY cost). Neither can they afford to "humanely" put them down and have them disposed of. It's a choice between feeding their families or feeding the horses.
I always said if I had an old, beloved horse I would do the humane thing and haul them to the "killer" myself to put them down. We no longer have that option. Fortunately I know where to place a bullet, and we have a large enough piece of land to simply leave the body for the coyotes (yes, I would LOVE to bury my horses, but do you know what a backhoe rents for?) Besides, feeding coyotes and buzzards is the natural way.
My main point is: thanks to PETA, horses are not facing a quick death at the processor, but instead a long, drawn out, painful starvation death. My friend who has raised high dollar, spectacular horses all her life cannot give them away. Yes, she can take them to the sale barn and for $130 each they'll be loaded into cattle trucks and hauled 1200 miles into Mexico without food or water in this heat. Now THAT sounds humane...
PETA would have been serving animals better if they had concentrated on the quality of the trucking companies and the humane execution of the horses instead of eliminating the procedure all together.
I love horses - always have, but they are still animals. ALL animals deserve to be treated humanely and respectfully, both in life and death. But now, thanks to PETA, who THINK they have the welfare of horses in mind, we are going to see more and more horses first starve and then ultimately destroyed anyway.
Hey, PETA person - will YOU care for the unwanted, the wild and untameable, the permanently injured and suffering and the starving for those who no longer can?
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
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