Views on Horse Slaughter

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Face the Facts The statistics about horse slaughter are quite scary. About 120,000 horses are exported from the United States to either Canada or Mexico every year. In 2006, U.S. Slaughter Houses were shut down by state laws. For a while there was a slight decrease in the number of horses being slaughtered here in the United States. Many people are strongly against the idea of slaughtering horses, but when you stand back and look at the big picture we may actually benefit if we reopened U.S. slaughter houses. Firstly, when people want to get rid of a horse sometimes they send it to auction. Most auctions are not happy places. If you’ve ever been to one, you walk around and notice how fatigued and unpleasant most of the horses appear. Sometimes they stand in the auction houses for up to a few days. Commonly, auctions are held during very hot weather and there are lots of flies. I believe that locations should follow regulations including the length of time the horse can be there and the amount of food and water the must be offered. This would keep conditions humane. It is impossible to control who buys a horse at an auction. This makes it very difficult to keep “kill buyers” from purchasing horses. Kill buyers are people who buy the horses from auctions and drive them to the slaughter houses to make a profit. This is the inevitable fact people face when sending their horses to auction. Poirier 2 If the horses are lucky, they are purchased by a loving family that will keep and take care of them. A few will be left at the auction house and not bought or taken back home. The unlucky ones are bought by “kill buyers” and must endure the long and unsafe trip across the border. This trip can take up to thirty-six hours. The horses are packed into trailers. They may fall down and be trampled on. Usually, there’s one or two that don’t survive the trip. Horses that are

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