Since the USA Horse Slaughter plants have closed, transport to Mexico for slaughter has increased 400%. Plants used to be scattered all over the USA, but due to anti slaughter advocates getting our plants shut down, now horses are traveling long distances in often horrible conditions to meet the same end.
Bills have been proposed to shut down the Mexican and Canada borders to make it illegal to ship US horses to slaughter. Ok, then what? The thinking is that horse owners will automatically become "responsible". As another blogger wrote:
According to one study the main reasons for horse neglect and abuse is owner ignorance - the second is financial hardship. How does banning slaughter address either situation?
Hard fact....most reputable rescues are already up to their armpits in horses and have "No Room At The Inn" signs up. What happens to horses when financial hardship happens and all other outlets are full? I just ask you to think about that rationally for a second....
Not only that the wording on these bill are a little scary. Here is what the AAEP has to say about these bills.
Tired of sitting back watching what's happening to our horses? Tired of only one side being heard? What can you do?
Well the anti slaughter crowd calls, email and faxes congressmen and senators on almost a daily basis. It's hard to bitch if you're just sitting back watching it all happen. Just picking up the phone once a day can make a world of difference.