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Re: RC: Re: Horse slaughter

In a message dated 3/15/00 11:24:31 PM Pacific Standard Time, writes:

<<Hi Duncan
I agree with what you say to a point. I do not believe I have the right
to judge others (although it is hard for me to refrain from such at
times); however, there IS a BIG difference between an animal whom you
 have kept in the field and has been treated dispassionately (cow) and an
 animal who has been treated as a friend, fed treats, given some
 decision-making power over their lives  >>

WHAT????  You mean it was morally wrong for my parents to insist that we 
butcher and eat my bottle calves that I halterbroke, petted, "rode" out of 
the barn on occasion, and spent sunny afternoons with?  When I was 13 or so, 
I had four bottle calves that were so well trained that my sister used refer 
to them as my "four-in-hand."  Or what about my pet rabbits that eventually 
went in the stew pot?  Heck, some people even SHOW rabbits, cows, goats, etc.

Yes, I share the societal taboo about eating my horses. But that is EXACTLY 
what it is--no more, no less.  Once again, the HORSE does not care if he 
meets his end with a needle from the vet or with a captive bolt from the meat 
man--the only atrocity is what goes on between sale and the meat man in this 
supposedly enlightened country.  (See previous posts from both myself and 
from Heather in France as to how much more sensibly this is handled 
elsewhere.)  And the HORSE certainly does not care, once he is dead, whether 
he is eaten or buried in your backyard.  That is a choice for the warm fuzzy 
feeling for the PEOPLE, not for the horse.


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