As my wife has said many times and never ceases to remind me.
"I am a city boy" , I also happen to be British but don't hold that against me .
I have listened to Callie and Jessie talk about horse slaughter and read Callies article about Closing the Slaughter Houses and her post about the accident with a loaded hauler.
I am sort of on the fence over horse slaughter , I do not like the idea but sort of understand why it happens, and normally stay out of it.
But something has just caught my interest a new bill going through Congress
American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503/S. 311)
Now as an outsider and with little understanding it seems to block the domestic and international transport of live horses or horseflesh for human consumption, which will stop the current way round the slaughter houses being closed down and the horses for slaughter being transported to Mexico and Canada for slaughter.
The bill does appear to be set up to stop it , but leaves the question of who will police and how. But does not answer the bigger question of an overabundance of horses with many being given away . My very own personal view is unlike dogs or cats keeping a horse is an expensive endeavour and if people get the horses free do they know how expensive they are to feed, vaccinate, shoe etc. etc. I should also point out that to get a horse gelded is significantly more expensive that having your cat done.
The first link is about an accident involving 59 yearlings loaded in a double Decker cattle/hog hauler in an accident and how the horses suffered ( Callie reprinted a letter sent to her from a member of a local horse club she belongs to.
The second is an idea of what has happened to the horse industry since the slaughter houses have closed down
The third is one of Callies Posts about Horse Slaughter check out the number of comments will give you an idea of how emotive this subject is
I also wonder at how those who are very outspoken about Animal Welfare often sensor those with differing views often not allowing comments on their blogs that differ from their own opinions , Callie who is not pro slaughter but tries to look at both sides of the issue has had her comments blocked twice this last time with a supposed authority site
Britannia Blog on Subject
This is part of the very trusted Encyclopedia Britannica the worlds foremost "trusted" source for information, which begs the question should a trusted resource only allow comments that correspond to the views of their authors to be published.
They have now accepted a comment from Callie ( much toned down ) , I never saw her original but she can get a little frosty with her comments when she is on a mission so maybe she overstepped the limit .
It is very difficult to find comments from those in the horse industry as to what the effects will because of the censorship issue.