Shouldn’t everyone be able to have their own opinion, or at least have other options? Slaughter houses are not always a bad option, in some cases it may be the smart one. Slaughter houses can be an ideal option for horses that are old, lame, or dying; however not recommended for healthy unwanted horses.
Slaughter houses in the United States have had a hard time staying in business because of many controversial reasons. The last slaughter house closed in 2007, after congress banned slaughter houses by cutting funds for inspection in 2005. “But in 2011, the ban was lifted because the funding prohibition expired” (Gustin). Now, it is in debate whether slaughter houses will soon be legalized or not. United States Senator Max Baucus states, “Congress is moving closer to allowing United States’ horses to be slaughtered, with a move that allows inspections of the facility” (Baucus Praises Bill). Although, some people think that slaughter is completely inhumane, cruel, and wrong; there are others who have found positive reasons for slaughter houses. Some say it is a “humane solution for unwanted horses and it could also bring the potential of new jobs” (Gustin). This is a good point, because there are other options that could be considered less humane, and it is important to have enough jobs for a growing community. Others have also pointed out that it is an easier and cheaper option.
However, even though the anti-slaughter bill was passed, horses are still being slaughtered. Horses are being shipped across the border to Mexico and Canada (Smiley). It has recently been estimated that 100,000 horses are being shipped each year for their meat to be sold in Belgium, Iceland, France, Russia, Mexico and many other countries (Lin). Even Teagarden said, “Nothing they have done has stopped horses from dying, and it has not stopped horses from being processed. We are still shipping horses to Canada and Mexico.” Then why is there an argument to have slaughter legalized in the United States when the bill has not stopped the slaughtering in the first place?
The horses that are being sent across the border to be slaughtered are being shipped many miles in horrible conditions, to be slaughtered in less humane ways in other countries. Slaughter would be a better option if the facilities were legalized here in the United States (Clausing). Even Lindsey Rajt, from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) agreed that, “It is the lesser of two evils. If they are going to be killed, we would prefer they don’t have to endure a long trip to slaughter. There is no reason to be eating dead animals or to be using dead animals for food production at all, but the belief that horses are shipped out of this country, crammed in trailers built for cattle, has caused PETA to settle for another position” (Unruh).
There are still other choices besides slaughter, for the other owners who want options; euthanasia could be one of those options. Euthanasia is a painless...