Unwarranted Evil Horse Slaughter Essay

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Running head: UNWARRANTED EVIL 1UNWARRANTED EVIL 10Unwarranted EvilKatherine BennettCornerstone UniversityUnwarranted Evil"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."Mahatma GandiA horse can be viewed as a best friend to a little girl or someone's dinner in Europe. The slaughtering of horses is an unnecessary evil. The history of our nation is greatly owed to the horse. They supplied cowboys and Indians a mount during battles, easier travel to the west for it to be discovered, getting gold from below the earth's surface, and provided support to carry the injured and dead off the battle field. They are still used today as a supply for labor jobs, profit, transportation, companionship and pleasure. Subsequently, they now depend on humans for all the care, food and protection they need daily. They have earned every right to be taken care of and pampered until they pass away. The slaughtering of horses is cruel and unnecessary. Especially for animals that have provided and provide the world with so many things."Lake Research Partners conducted a recent nationwide poll confirming 80% of Americans, regardless of gender, political affiliation, urban or rural residence or geographic location, oppose horse slaughter for human consumption. The poll also found the vast majority of horse owners oppose horse slaughter" (2014, Victory).Horse slaughter is unnecessary and the transportation is unsafe, the act is inhumane for the horse and the people consuming the meat, and the communities in which the slaughter house is located received nothing beneficial from the company.Background/UnderstandingSlaughter is commonly misunderstood to be humanely putting a horse down or euthanasia. Even though they both have the same end result, they are very different. The definition of euthanasia according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is "The act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals in a relatively painless was for reasons of mercy" (Merriam-Webster, 1869). Horses are bought from sales or stolen and put into double decker semi-trucks. These trailers in which the horses are forced into by screaming people who are poking and prodding them, are meant to transport shorter animals such as cows and pigs. These smaller animals have a shorter neck to fit the height of the trailer. The transport of horses on these trucks is prohibited by law directly to slaughter, but they can be transported anywhere else on these trailers. The truck drivers are known to say it is the cost of doing business if a horse is hurt or killed during transport. Any horse can be hauled for over 24 hours with no food, water or space. After a long trip, the horses are unloaded into holding pens which already house other horses. Survival being on their mind, horses know exactly what is going on around them, they sense it. The fear of those dying inside echoes to horses outside through their frantic...

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