Horse Slaughter Essay

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IntroductionI. Attention: This is Jack, a 15-year-old registered Morgan stallion, who was rescued from starvation by my wife in 2008. Jack was found along with 24 other horses starving on a farm in Butler County, just 45 minutes from here. Jack nearly starved to death just one year after the closing of the horse slaughter plants throughout the United States in 2007. The cases of animal abuse and neglect have skyrocketed over the past four years due to the closing of these plants.II. Purpose: Today I will open your eyes to the reality of the horrible consequences of good intentions by showing you why the US ban on horse slaughter must be lifted.III. Motivation: I realize many of you love and admire horses and can't stand the thought of these regal creatures being processed for meat, but I will prove to you that there is a much darker death in store for horses that are no longer wanted.IV. Credibility: My wife and I own Winter Moon Morgan Horse farm and we love our horses. But we have seen first-hand the monster of horse abuse and starvation. We have talked to many people in the horse industry and followed the legal battle currently taking place on Capitol Hill over the ban on horse slaughter.V. I will start by explaining what has happened in the horse world since the slaughter ban started, give you insight into what must be done, and refute the opposing points of view on the issue.BodyI. Problem: The heart of the problem lies with the impact on the horse industry that closing the horse slaughter plants has caused.A. According to, updated November, 2011, A bill to de-fund inspection of horse meat for human consumption was introduced in the 110th US Congress in April of 2007. As a result, all slaughter plants in the US closed by September of 2007, including the one in North Platte, Nebraska.1. The stopped slaughter in the US, but did not stop horses from being shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter, where we cannot regulate their handling. Each year over 100,000 unwanted horses are now shipped out of the country. Instead of a few hundred miles of hauling and a humane death under US Department of Agriculture guidelines, now horses must travel much farther and be in discomfort much longer and die in a foreign country in manners that are unacceptable to us.B. The market for horses has bottomed out due to people not being able to afford to dispose of unwanted horses.1. Sale barn prices are down 70 to 90 percent, according to, updated October, 2011. Five years ago a 1000 pound horse intended for slaughter would bring roughly $600. Now the same horse will bring only $100 because of the increased costs to have them shipped out of the country. People will actually lose money taking a horse to the sale barn because of consignment and veterinary costs and gas to haul them there.2. Sale barns can't even sell many of the horses, according to Devin Mullet, owner of Kalona Sales Barn in Southwestern Iowa. "For the first time in my...

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