Reopening Horse Slaughterhouses

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    Should we re-open horse slaugher facilities in the U.S.?

    It's a hard argument - I adore horses and I think it's no exageration to say that our civilization owes much to the horse - in fact, our success was built was built upon the back of the horse. But in this economic downturn - horses are a luxury, and they are a very expensive luxury and the first, quite often to suffer neglect and abandonment. One of the big reasons behind closing slaughterhouses was the cruelty involved in the transportation and the slaughtering process but that is even worse now as they are being shipped even further to Mexico where they have even fewer protections. I just wonder - if strict humane guidelines can be enforced - it it isn't better to reopen slaughter houses or if there are better alternatives?

    This was one quote I read in favor:

    In opposition, this group suggests there are many alternatives: http://environment.about.com/gi/dynamic/of...ionnetwork.com/


    Yet, I tend to think there are way to many horses already "warehoused" - for example, mustangs rounded up to keep population levels sustainable.

    It's a complicated problem - but I certainly wouldn't want to see a return to the old abuses.
     
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    IF strict humane guidlines are followed i think it's a good idea. It's a big if though. We also had strict guidlines for the FDA on what can be aprroved. We all know how that went.
     
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    Yes, because I hear they taste quite nice. :lol:
     
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    Our wonderful congress - yes, the one that can't accomplish a thing to correct the myriad of problems in our country, has managed to lift the ban on killing horses for meat. What are we doing folks? Do we really want to be a sub human culture that eats beautiful animals that are not raised for food. Will we soon find dog on the menu too? What's next? They may approve the sale of aphrodisiacs, made from body parts of exotic wild creatures, to please the sex crazed human trash amoung us!

    They say they need to cut "entitlements". If they mean the excessive pay received by our representatives in Washington, along with the exorbitant perks they have voted for themselves, I'm all for it. This is not government "for the people". Save the horses and lose congress. Vote the bums out!
     
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    Personally I wouldn't like to work in a slaughter house that processes lambs but I eat lamb chops. If there is a market for horse meat why not slaughter horses?
     
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    This is a hard question for true. I can off Bambi in two seconds. Fury I sob at. I don't know. And I won't even try to be smart about it.

    My heart breaks at the thought of it.
     
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    Animals are food.
     
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    The real question isn't should WE open them.

    WE don't own slaugherhouses, private industries do

    The real question is should we pay to have these slaugherhouses inspected by the FDA?
     
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    No. Although I love meat..there will probably be a day where people look upon us..as we look upon slave owners.
     

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