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Re: [RC] Desperate Times for Horse Owners and for Horses - Karen Everhart

I am not certain where my offer of "facts" catapulted to issues of "morality".  My attempt was to provide information that is often misunderstood, such as the use of horsemeat for dog food or glue or, as is stated on occasion, that the horsemeat goes to feed people in third world countries.  I have no prejudices against food choices per se, but I do have problems with our horses being slaughtered simply because America's horse owners have failed to step up to the plate and do the "right thing" regarding over supply and responsible animal husbandry.
 
Because the European Union does have good consumer protection, is one of the many reasons that our horses are "sought after" by the slaughter houses.  If they could get their horses where the end-user resides, wouldn't it make more sense to buy French or Belgian or Japanese horses and not have to build slaughterhouses in America?  Sure it would.  But, they can't get enough horses, and they can't get them cheaply enough, so they come here.  We don't eat horse meat "as a nation" so we do not regulate the production of horses as a meat item, so any and all horses can be slaughtered without the cumbersomeness of the signing of a document stating that the horse has not received X,Y, or Z medications or treatments, or the maintaining of a "passport", etc.   How that can be extrapolated to a statement regarding the elimination of veterinary medicine is a stretch; a very long stretch, and well out of the scope of my post. 
 
What I am saying is that if any horse owners are going to advocate for the return of slaughter, then at the very least, 1) they need to acknowledge it for what it is:  a trash dump for our indulgences, or 2) they must lobby for HUGE changes in numerous related issues, such as the withdrawal of medications and treatments, the improvement of transportation mechanisms and the inspection/regulation of holding facilities and the humane treatment of the horses that move through what is, today, a horrendously cruel system.  If horse people want it to clean up the left over's (regardless of how healthy or capable or whatever the horse has achieved), at least require that it be done well.
 
Ed, you speak of having a local slaughterhouse for horses.  That is no longer a reality that I am aware of, and most believe it will never be, again.  I have talked to local butchers and they tell me that they don't slaughter horses for a myriad of reasons, which DOES NOT include any of the activities from decades ago amongst the radical anti-slaughter movement.  It is economics.  Pure and simple.  So few people requested the slaughter of horses and now if one is slaughtered, there must be the availability of the rendering truck to pick up the carcass since ground water issues have become so important and burial or simply allowing the coyotes to have a hearty meal is not allowed.   That "was then".  This "is now".
 
When I visited France three years ago, I did a cross country horse ride.  Our overnight stay was at a Geit (I may spell that wrong, but it is a Bed and Breakfast).  The proprietor showed me where they had, all of her childhood, raised a foal each year simply for slaughter at about 6 months of age.  This foal was for their personal consumption, not for commercial use.  Now, as an adult, and the mother of a couple of children, she is no longer interested in furthering that activity.  My son-in-law is French, is in his mid-thirties and has never had horse meat in his life.  So, even in countries where the practice of consuming horsemeat has been a long standing practice, the activity is shrinking in appeal. 
 
This is not a discussion of morality for me.  It is not about telling people what they can and cannot eat.  My focus is on what I consider to be "the right thing".  I liken it to many other activities that exist in America (and across this world) which, though they are long steeped in tradition and may even make "sense" to those who benefit from the activity, they are "wrong" to those (humans or animals) who are victimized
 
 
Karen Everhart MEd
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