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RE: [RC] Slaughter/Breeding - heidi

Don't EVEN get me started on this one!  As a breeder who has had the nasty experience of trying to be "responsible" and fighting like crazy to get a rescue agency to let me take a horse THAT I BRED that fell into their clutches (you should have seen my phone bill) and then finally leaping into my truck and driving over 1000 miles in the dead of winter to pick him up when they finally wavered and said that I could come get him, before they could change their minds and call me back and renege, I've seen a whole different side to this. 
We pour money into our horses as it is.  The vast majority of my own horses have either gone into riding homes or are still here.  The BREEDERS cannot help what happens when the people who buy them dumps them.  Had a nasty experience with THAT one, too--when I sold a group of horses to a seemingly serious endurance family that wanted to breed a few as well.  It was sickening to find out that THEY had dumped a group of them--although I think all have ended up in homes, thanks to some astute people in the area who snapped them up at auction. 
Sorry, Kate--but "that dog don't hunt."  The responsible breeders DO NOT need the burden of cleaning up other people's messes. 

We've come up with an idea, kind of like the 'disposal' tax you pay on tires when you buy them.  When you are involved in breeding a horse you should be required to give $100 to a general rescue organization and when you register a horse $100 to the breed specific rescue organization.....  This would help take care of the horses displaced by over breeding and perhaps slow down over breeding.  Feed and care for those otherwise who have the only options of neglect, starvation or slaughter....   Closing the slaughter plants in the U.S.  only results in more torture for those bound there.  Either transport out of country to uncontrolled plants in mexico and Canada or neglect and starvation.  Slow down the over breeding and charge breeders a 'disposal' tax.  !!!

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