Thursday, March 7, 2013
I don't think Canada will be the horse slaughter capital of the world (if Mexico isn't, already) Oklahoma just passed bill 1999 allowing the opening of slaughter plants in Oklahoma. That will pave the way to other plants across the country.
Granted, Mexico is a horrid way for a horse to go. If you've seen photos of their slaughter plants--makes my blood run cold. You can see the photos on You Tube. I won't describe them. It is also true, it takes mega hours (unless you live in Southern Texas) to transport them. That too, is inhumane as there is no stopping for the horses to rest, eat or be watered. The legislature brought up the fact that the reason we ship horses there and to Canada is because we've closed all the plants in the US. That is true. Not that there should be any reason to take any of our American horses to a slaughter plant in the first place.
But, there are valid points made today. We are part of the problem. We need to stop turning loose unwanted horses leaving them to starve, or turning them out in others' pastures so they can foot their expenses. Both are horrid alternatives, and the escalation of these practices have given the legislators food to fuel the passage of their bill.
It is true that euthanasia is expensive. I've had to do it myself, although the cost wasn't nearly as much as Representative McNeil suggested. But it was done lovingly and humanely. That's the key. Humanely. I think the difference with me was my horse suffered from complications of colic. He was twenty-six. Also, I don't think vets will put down a horse that is healthy, because the owner can no longer care for them. Every horse that I know of that was put down by a vet had a dire illness or injury.
So, you can say if you can't afford to put a horse down by a vet, don't keep a horse. Well, that's not always an easy solution either. Horse owners buy horses when they can afford them. (some of us sacrifice a lot to keep our animals) But, with economic downturns, such as we've seen, keeping them isn't always an alternative and putting them down with an expensive vet bill and haul-away fee--well it's a choice between that and feeding our family or paying the mortgage. That's a sad fact of life.
I think drug companies can help, if they will (which they won't) come down on the prices of the euthanasia drugs. Same with the vets. Do something charitable. Make euthanasia affordable. Same with rendering plants who take the horse's carcasses. They make fertilizer. So, they are making money.
If we have to have slaughter houses--or rendering plants I have a few suggestions. They may not be cost effective. First have a vet present at all times watching the horses go through. (although I've heard in the US, there were vets present. Not sure about that) send them through one-by-one into a special room where other horses can't witness the execution. Put a bullet or bolt through the horse's skull and make sure he's dead before he's processed. And, please, please, please, make sure these animals have no drugs in their system before they go. I realize Americans don't typically eat horse meat. But, no matter who does, these drugs are dangerous. Why we'd even consider rendering such horses is beyond me. Okay, okay. Money. The route of all evil.
The OK legislature said, today, they were not talking about the wild horses. That selling those horses for slaughter was illegal. (Yeah, sure, OK. Alright. You can believe that if you wish. Others know better) Selling wild horses for meat eliminates the problem of drugged horses. These horses are clean. Then of course, if there are no more wild horses on the range, there is more room for the cattlemen. Thought I'd bring that up. Maybe someone owuld like to comment and refute that.
Maybe my suggestions are naive. Maybe unfeasible. Maybe it isn't any different killing horses vs cattle and pigs as far as the animals senses are concerned. But it feels like it to me.
We do have an obligation to care for God's creatures, because they first and foremost, belong to God not us. Some are raised for food, some are raised to be companion animals. All deserve to be cared for and, when the time comes, dispatched humanely.
And that's my thought for today.
Now back to writing "Legacy." Where was I? Oh. Elena's first visit to the castle.