They Eat Horses, Don't They?
Many Americans have a hard time thinking about eating horse meat. Every year, many horses are slaughtered for meat which is exported to other countries. “The U.S. Humane Society Web site says 55,776 horses were slaughtered last year in the United States and thousands more transported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter there (Lum). By getting rid of unwanted horses, the horse market will begin to steadily climb. Slaughtering horses allows breeders a way to benefit from old horses and benefits the economy.
Unfortunately, people who breed too many horses find it hard to get rid of the each year.This causes them to have to find another place for the extra horses. “People will turn them out in fields and let them starve to death. That alternative is less humane, more wasteful and just dumb” (Maese). The problem of horses starving is nothing new to the horse business. For years Amish have been tying horses to lamp posts that they can no longer afford to feed, and some people who obtain horses do not have the means to take care of them. While it is not truly the horse’s fault, at the same time, butchering it provides a clean, humane and swift end to what otherwise would be a miserable last few days of their life. Not to mention that they would be able to be used in another form. Sometimes its this sacrifice that is needed to benefit the industry.
Over the years, the opinions of many people have started to change about horses in America. It has started from the idea, the Native Americans had of using the whole animal when it was hunted, to nowadays Americans do not even want to use a horse unless it is alive. This has to lead one to wonder how exactly this change occurred.
It's all PETA and these animal-rights groups, David Broiles said. OK, so what are you going to do with the horses? It's ludicrous. People will turn them out in fields and let them starve to death. These people want to say it's immoral. They think it's like eating a dog or a cat, and it's just not. (Mease)
By Broiles saying this, he is talking about the fact that if they are not killed humanely, they will suffer the rest of their lives. Most people will not be able to pay and keep up with the expenses of equine veterinarians and proper diets for their horses thus causing the horses to starve or even die of disease.
Horse has been consumed for centuries. In fact, in some countries it is liked so much that they consider it a delicacy. “The meat is exported to Belgium, France, Italy, Japan and Switzerland, where it is considered a delicacy. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Belgium imported nearly $20 million of horse meat in 2001, much of it for distribution to other European nations” (Lum). The most frequent equine slaughtered are thoroughbreds or wild mustangs bought at auction. After being loaded into trailers, they are transported to butchering facilities. Upon arrival, they are lined up, butchered, packaged, and then...