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Livestock Farmers and any farmer I know DON"T have HUMMERS--can't afford a "do nothing" machine. By the same token, they are generally very fine, humane and concerned about their livestock---including the horses--whether they use them for herding, fencing, moving and helping brand and pour for lice etc., and give shots to livestock or rodeo work, etc. Well cared for animals are the "cheapest and best" to care for IF ONE wants to remain "PROFITABLE"(if one can in this economic climate). When the animals useful life comes to fruition and before they become too feeble to eat and move without pain and suffering, then the only thing to do is to assist it. Euthanization is only one method to deal with the situation, however it can cost well over $150 to $500+ to do this as well as rendering fees or burying costs---a lot of money to spend. Or I guess one could keep the animal until it fell over dead!~! Or starved because it was a "gummer" and could not ingest enough of the proper feed to "survive". Another humane method is slaughter--all packing houses have VERY humane methods of dispatching animals and checked by GOVERNMENT inspectors. These are a LOT BETTER than "releasing" "tame--human fed" horses into the wild to fend for themselves when they have NEVER had too before--the learning curve is TOO great for most of them to "survive" this way. I hope some of you realize that when you take on ANY animal to care for as a working animal OR pet that you have a responsibility that you can not just abandon and need to allow for the possibility that at some time in the future you may need to "adjust" the situation for all parties sake. The choice is your---BUT YOU SHOULD HAVE MORE THAN ONE!
Horse slaughter has not ended. Horse owners have the option to send their horses to slaughter.
Are you an irresponsible horse breeder and part of the problem?
Have you heard of gelding your stallions instead of breeding them?
If you can't afford to care for your horses properly including paying for humane euthanasia by calling your competent vet and burying the horse or calling the rendering truck, DON'T OWN THEM.
American horse owners pride themselves on being responsible horse owners. If you want to be irresponsible, move to Canada or Mexico and take your irresponsible habits and neighbor with you.
The majority of Americans want this brutal, horrific and cruel practice of horse slaughter to end.
The horse slaughter issue certainly is a heated one. I'm not a woman, nor do I have any "previously choreographed" response. I've simply been raising horses for years. My family has NEVER sent a horse to slaughter. We just think it is wrong. After serving us for years, we do the right thing and have the lady or gentleman humanely destroyed. End of story.