So after trolling around the internet researching the changes recently made in U.S. horse slaughter policies I’ve reached my own conclusions.
The American public (shockingly) needs to do a bit more research before posting on Facebook about something they know nothing about.
The killer buyers who have been hauling across the border for the last five years probably aren’t going to be saving any money on diesel anytime soon.
President Obama is not personally going to be stepping up to the slaughter plate and eating horsemeat anytime soon since he pardoned the stupid turkey on Thanksgiving.
There probably isn’t going to be grand re-opening of the U.S. Equine slaughter facilities with Betty White at the ribbon cutting ceremony. (At least not until we find the funding, and we don’t have a whole lot of luck as a country when it comes right down to finding the cash).
There are several really great articles that have been written about the changes. My favorite is Seattle Stew which attempts to redirect that passion that horse lovers tend to let rip on the slaughter issue. (Good luck, some of them are just unreasonable)
PETA is also reiterating previous concerns on “the suspension of US slaughter, since it meant more suffering for these sensitive animals, not less.”
Of course I have to disagree with comments later in the PETA article saying “Remember, industries that breed horses for profit—horseracing, rodeo and the carriage trade—are largely to blame for this crisis since they have created the tragic overpopulation of horses.” While there is no doubt that horses from these industries end up in slaughter houses there are just as many backyard breed yearlings that didn’t sell at auction or on Craigslist there too.