So many people want so desperately to prevent the slaughter of a horse. I understand that perfectly!
Each year, thousands upon thousands of beautiful horses are sent off to slaughter. They are used for everything from dog food to human consumption.
Guess what? It is our OWN FAULT! That’s right, we keep breeding an over abundance of horses every stinking year!
The horse market is FLOODED! Taking a look on just about any site that allows for advertising horses for sale, you’ll find perfectly good horses being sold for $200 or LESS or even being GIVEN AWAY!
Why is that horse being sold for such a low price? Who knows? Maybe the horse had a behavior problem that the owner could not deal with. Maybe the horse got injured. Maybe it just isn’t pretty enough.
When that horse is sold, the previous owner is going to go out and find a young, two year old, horse to replace it!
The sold horse is quite likely to be bought by a kill buyer. The kill buyer is going to look over the horse and possibly decide “Hey, I can fix this horse, and advertise it as going to slaughter! That’ll get the attention of some soft heart and I’ll triple or quadruple my money!” or, he might just go ahead, and feed it up to send to slaughter.
Don’t blame the kill buyer! Don’t blame the slaughter houses! Don’t blame the end consumers of horse products!
Blame the idiotic HORSE COMMUNITY for continually breeding more and more horses to put into a FLOODED MARKET!
Right now, in the United States of America, there are tens of thousands of FERAL, some call them wild, horses that had to be rounded up off the range so they wouldn’t kill the range. The vast majority of THOSE horses are now in ‘long term’ holding and will soon be sold to….kill buyers! They simply can NOT afford to care for them forever. Why do they round up so many of our feral, some call them wild, horses? Because their population DOUBLES every four years! Without rounding up a large number of them from time to time, the horses, antelope, deer, and elk would begin to STARVE and die of disease! The range is a limited resource that they all have to share!
So, there is a huge excess of horses. Unless YOU can personally take full financial responsibility for at least ONE horse, DO NOT COMPLAIN about horses being sent to slaughter! I have two horses, and I know the reality of the horse population, I do NOT condemn the pathway to slaughter at all!