The best horses...
"have heart" in a way that most human beings can not fathom, much less possess.
The best riders...
Know that while their own hearts may never be as big as their horse's,
It must be strong and generous enough to be their guardian. ~ Unknown
*The U.S. has approximately 10 million horses, and historically only 1% end up going to slaughter annually. Some 900,000 horses die annually and are safely disposed of by means other than slaughter, and the infrastructure can easily absorb an increase in numbers.
*The average age of a slaughter horse is 4 to 6 years old.
*Not old or sick, 92.3% are in good to excellent condition with no behavioral problems according to a USDA study.
*Only 4% of a horses slaughtered are over 9 years old.
* The majority of U.S. horses going to slaughter are Quarter Horses, as many as 7 out of 10.
*In a poll by the prestigious Lake Research Partners, 80% of Americans say no to horse slaughter.
These people are for the most part irresponsible owners who can't be bothered to (1) find another home or occupation for their horse, (2) find a rescue or sanctuary to take their horse in, or (3) have the horse euthanized and the body properly disposed of.
This group also includes breeders who have misjudged or ignored the market and now can't sell their horses because they have produced too many.People send horses to slaughter because they want a quick and easy way to get rid of them and make a bit of money at the same time.
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“So You Want to Rescue an Auction Horse”, by Kristen Kovatch & Esther Roberts
“Horse Slaughter - Revealing the Truth” by Jeff Finch
"Use the link below for the ASPCA Email form to contact your members of Congress asking them to protect America’s horses."
There are many alternatives to horse slaughter. Horses can be given another chance at life through retraining and adoption programs or with rescues, retirement homes, and sanctuaries. Sound horses can also enjoy second careers as pleasure horses, Mounted Police horses, and therapy horses. When a horse becomes old, infirm or mortally ill, the horse should be euthanized by a qualified veterinarian. There are a wide variety of options for post mortem disposal that range from the costly to economical. These include burial (where permitted), cremation, rendering, composting and landfills.Texas A&M, in response to this question, released a special report on composting as a viable alternative that would be both environmentally and politically beneficial, predicting that this could become a big market when horse slaughter is banned.