Re Opening Horse Slaughtering Plants In The Us

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As one who is often pegged as an animal lover, I seem to get an overwhelmingly negative response when I tell people I am for the re-opening of horse slaughter plants in the US. The common assumption amongst most people, it seems, is that currently no US horses are being slaughtered. This view couldn’t be further from the truth. If plants did re-open in the US horses would receive better care while in the holding pens, as the US holds many more animal rights regulations than Mexico and Canada, the current areas we send horses to for slaughter. If slaughter is not an option, we will see in increase in the mistreatment of horses, as the number of people who cannot afford euthanasia is large. The idea of slaughtering horses is a very controversial topic, but we must realize that trying to close all plants will never be an option. We need to choose the best path for a bad situation, and re-opening plants in the US seems to be the best way to handle this necessary evil.
Re-opening horse slaughter plants in the US would allow for more humane treatment of the animals while in containment. Horse slaughter in the US was made illegal by President George W. Bush in 2007, but was recently re-legalized by President Barrack Obama; recent meaning that plants were only just re-legalized on November 18, 2011. The re-legalization was actually so recent that there are still currently no operating horse slaughter plants in the US. Obama’s choice sparked uproar in the animal rights community – should horse slaughter be made illegal again before any plants open, or is this the right call? Popular animal rights group PETA, who I honestly can’t say I support, actually sided with Obama (Courteau 18) for many of the same reasons I hold. They understand that one of the main problems with shipping horses to Mexico or Canada for slaughter is that it’s actually much more inhumane than keeping them here. Travel time is a main factor; horses hauled out of the US can be forced to ride in double-decker trailers for days without food or water to reach their destination. This is obviously much more inhumane than a trip that could be lessened to a few hours if plants re-opened in the US. The US also holds many more regulations on animal treatment in holding pens, so the horses would be cared for in a much more appropriate manner than they are at current out-of-country plants. The fact that the plants would be within reach of animal rights groups would allow for the group to monitor them more easily, so any severe mistreatment could be more easily recognized and corrected early. Overall accessibility of the plants to the general population would increase, so people with concerns could actually learn more about the plants, rather than base their judgments on the misconceptions associated with them.
Without plants in the US, numbers of malnourished and mistreated horses will continue to rise. Although slaughtering any animal may seems like a rather gruesome topic,...

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