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Correction: Not crazy. Just shallow.

Jul 09, 2008
By Steve Cornett
            Here, courtesy of a respondent to an earlier blog, is a You -tube link that will almost certainly turn the hardest heart in the world against horse slaughter.
            It is a discussion among Morgan Fairchild, Bo Derek and a couple of other famous boobs, including Willie Nelson, talking about the fact that we don’t slaughter eagles and we don’t “allow” people in the U.S. to eat dogs and cats.
            Say, what? It’s against the law to eat dogs? I thought they just tasted bad. Anyhow, these are the experts who—or “whom” as Beth in Illinois would phrase it--helped convince Congress to outlaw horse slaughter in the U.S.
            You can accuse me of not being a Willie Nelson fan, but even a backwoods hillbilly moron like myself has to admire Bo Derek’s talents. I admire both of them. Willie and Bo, that is.
            I’m just less than convinced that these folks should be advising Congress on anything more substantive than wine vintages.
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COMMENTS (16 Comments)

Kill buyers are looking for healthy horses that can be slaughtered for horsemeat, a delicacy in parts of Europe and Asia.

The horse slaughter industry actually encourages the over breeding of horses. Because owners can make money from the brutal slaughter of their horses, they have an incentive to overbreed. If the slaughter of horses for human consumption is illegal, there is no reward for over breeding. Pet actually reported a decrease in horse abuse and neglect cases following closure of the last U.S. horse slaughter house in 2007.

Historically, there have not been increases in abandoned, neglected or abused horses following closures of horse slaughter houses. In 2002 the Illinois slaughter house burned to the ground and was out of commission for some time. Reports of abandoned, abused and neglected horses in the Illinois area were actually on the rise in the 2 years before the fire but decreased afterwards.

The number of horses slaughtered in the U.S. dropped significantly from over 300,000 annually in the 1990s to 66,000 in 2004. There was no notable increase during that time of abandoned, abused or neglected horses.

A recent study of trends in horse slaughter revealed the number of horses slaughtered was determined by a demand for horse meat primarily in Europe and not by the number of unwanted or abandoned horses. These findings contradict horse slaughter industry claims that if horse slaughter is banned, there will be large numbers of abandoned, unwanted horses. The demand for horsemeat creates a market where horse slaughter "kill buyers" compete with people who want to buy horses. This encourages owners to supply that market through over-breeding horses, for example. If slaughter of American horses for human food is made illegal, there would be less incentive to over-breed horses. The study shows that there would be no significant or sustained increase in unwanted or abandoned horses.

None of the horses going to slaughter are tested for drugs that are contraindicated for human use. The side of the wormer box states "not to be used in animals destined for human consumption." No one knows the number of horses treated with this drug.
8:28 PM Jul 11th
"He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." -Immanuel Kant
8:17 PM Jul 11th

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