Amish Animal Abuse

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Sarah Hartman 12-08-13 Nature and My Universe Word Count: 994 ENG-101 Dr. Chapin Imagine a life filled with fear, pain, and deprivation. This is the life of the Amish horses that unwillingly pull their buggies in horrible conditions, and suffer their entire lives just to be sent to the slaughterhouse. Many Amish owned horses are horribly mistreated, and something must be done because it is animal abuse. Amish buggies are a danger to the road because they are unpredictable, and the Amish’s transportation methods are unfair to the horse. Horse and buggies should become illegal due to the harsh conditions forced upon the animal; the Amish society no longer needs them due to the advance in technology that agrees with their religious beliefs.…show more content…
Their stalls are extremely small, covered in fiches, and have no food or water available for them. Larkin Vonalt, the author of the article, The Truth About the Amish, states, “These horses are often underweight, scarred by an ill-fitting harness, lame from something awful, or just lame from a stone bruise. Frequently their forelocks have been shaved, so as not to cause the farmer inconvenience with the over check bridle– never mind that the forelock is invaluable in aiding the horse’s comfort in fly season”. Even when Amish buggy horses are tied up for a break, they must stand in whatever the weather condition is that day with no water, and often the check rein (which keeps the horse’s head up) is left fastened. They are still in traces, bearing the weight of the buggy shafts. All day they stand like this, and then stiff and miserable, are expected to trot briskly home in the failing light. When they are too old, too tired, or used up they will be discarded and sent directly to slaughter (Vonalt). No animal deserves this type of treatment, it is beyond…show more content…
In the essay, “Letter to President Pierce”, written by Chief Seattle, he stated, “We know the white men does not understand our ways. One portion of the land is the same as the next, for he is a stranger who comes in the night and takes from the land whatever he needs. The Earth is not his brother, but his enemy, and when he conquered it, he moves on” (Seattle 648). Mankind is selfish, and should treat every living organism with affection, not over use it for their needs. Buggy horses are tortured every day, just to die a disgusting death at the slaughterhouse the horse will be sent to when it cannot fight anymore. Allowing the Amish to continue to abuse these horses should be against the law. Using horses as vehicles is ignorant as well as idiotic. It is not safe, and there are other transportation methods that can be available to the Amish. With the technology today, horses are no longer required for the Amish to get to where they want to go. Safer, reliable, and non-animal abusive methods are more reasonable in today’s society, and should be enforced for the Amish culture to change their ways of
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