The New York Times ran an article on May 1st about why horse slaughter is “necessary.” We all know that horse slaughter is not only not necessary, it is wrong, inhumane and cruel. They also stated “Last fall, a certain town in Northern California announced that horses could be brought to town on a certain Saturday for no-questions-asked euthanization. It was the most merciful thing to do.” No doubt that jab was referring to us, but, can’t they even get the day right? The clinic is on Wednesday, not Saturdays, and the town was not taking horses, we were. If they didn’t get those simple facts right, how much of the rest of the article is wrong?
They also stated that $400 million is needed to care for the unwanted horses, along with the following quote: “We must recognize that there is a market for horse meat (not only for human consumption, but also for zoo and circus-animal consumption) and that in a starving world, a source of protein should not go to waste for sentimental reasons. It is sentimentality that has resulted in profounder cruelty to our horses — because we don’t accept that they are animals and have a utilitarian purpose, we hide from what happens to them, and so what happens to them happens in secret.” Let’s put this in another light. There are only roughly 100,000 horses that are shipped for slaughter every year. Average euthanasia and disposal is $150. That would be a mere $15 million. A far cry from the $400 million they want to claim is needed. There is a big market for dog and cat meat too in other countries, why let the 4-6 million dogs and cats that are euthanized yearly in the United States go to waste instead of feeding hungry children? As stated in the New York Times article, horses are animals and have a utilitarian purpose, well, don’t dogs and cats too? A good heavy dog weighs in at over 100 lbs and can feed a hungry child for quite some time… It’s because it is inhumane and wrong! We don’t ship our dogs and cats to slaughter, and it is time to stop shipping our horse companions to slaughter too! Click here to read the article. Humane euthanasia is the humane solution for the over breeding of horses that has already happened, just like it is humanity as a whole’s responsibility to euthanize dogs and cats that do not have homes.
The Modesto Bee must hire better writers, their article was much better… Back to the rescue happenings of today. Tawnee and Jason worked on the computers a lot of the day. There were lots of emails to catch up on, and there still are almost 100 in the inbox. Last week was so hectic with 30 horses being rescued that almost no emails were written.
We have an exciting announcement. There are a small number of people who receive the blog entries in their email every day, previously reserved for the board of diretors, large donors and NER Members. But now, if you are on the mailing list, you will get it too! That’s right, the daily blog will be sent to your inbox every evening after it is published. We hope that you enjoy reading the blog in your email. This is a great way to keep involved with what happens here at the rescue on a daily basis.
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