Proponents of horse slaughter should be honest. Publicly, they propose slaughtering as the only humane way to end the lives of old, sick, neglected and unwanted horses. They tell us this is the only humane way to help horse owners who can no longer afford their animals. They want us to believe that it's the kind and compassionate thing to do. However, get beyond the “humane” facade and it's really about humans and monetary profit. Many horses that go to slaughter are young and healthy. They're just not quite fast enough to make money for the racing industry.
The first slaughter house seeking federal approval is in Ruidoso, N.M. — the Mecca of quarter horse racing. Horse breeders lament that prices of their horses have gone down since slaughtering was stopped. Is it because instead of buying the breeder's young and healthy horse, buyers are settling for an old, sick, neglected and unwanted one? Of course not! If more young, healthy, well-fed horses are slaughtered, the price on the remaining ones go up. That's basic supply and demand. Even successful show horses and race horses may eventually wind up at the slaughter house because it will be a convenient way to be rid of them before they glut the market with reasonably priced talent.
Unfortunately, it appears our legislators may allow this to happen.
Danny King, Jones