I just saw this in my facebook feed...
I just saw this in my facebook feed...
Let's remember that in spite of all of the bad press that the TB industry is one of the very few breed associations that are being proactive about this problem. Add in the recent interest in the all TB shows and the TB as an all around athlete, things are looking up..
where did you get the idea the 'one, painless impact from the bolt gun ends its suffering'...??
how about saying within XX hours 'their suffering is over'...that may be days in a holding pen, 1-2 or more auctions, a trailer trip crammed with other horses or 2 or 3 trips, regardless of sex for XX hours, run thru a chute then hopefully killed instantly rather than being just stunned and alive while being eviserated.. I think that is more reality.
It doesn't sound like you've ever been to a SH. Your post sounds like a direct copy from a Wayne Pacelle speech. One instance of each of your points may have occurred over the past 100 years, but hsus and the rara's condense them all together to make it sound bizarrely cruel. Please educate yourself. Take a look at the Canadian operation!
If so many people keep drinking that hsus koolaid, discussion is pointless. That is exactly what Wayne wants. 'One generation and out' is all he cares about.
It also has nothing to do with selling at auction. There are some well known TB auctions that sell horses that are done their racing career as breeding prospects. (Fasig-Tipton is one). These horses usually have a reserve put on them and have value as breeding animals.
So the 'rule' is not selling at auction per se, but selling to slaughter. If a racing owner takes the horse to a low-end auction with no reserve and they end up going to slaughter, then the track holds the racing owner responsible for that. Of course that's if they get caught.
Once you own a horse, legally you can do whatever you want with him. Sadly many people have taken horses for free off the tracks with promises of
green pastures, plenty of downtime to ease old ailments or happy trail rides only to send them (still in racing plates) to shady auctions.
Remember the story of Cactus Cafe and Canuki?
The case of Canuki and Cactus Cafe is nearing its conclusion, at least for the horses. The two Thoroughbreds became famous in May when their surprising return from the Richelieu slaughterhouse in Canada led the horsemeat company to stop accepting Thoroughbreds and raised questions about the effectiveness of racetrack anti-slaughter policies.
I know of one track that had to relax it's policy on taking horses directly to slaughter because of all the dead horses in the river bottom with their upper lips cut off. It was creating a public health hazard. The policy is still there, but not enforced at all.
“It is our responsibility as owners, tracks, breeders, trainers, jockeys, bloodstock agents, and anyone who has a stake in the game to take responsibility for the aftercare of these great animals who are the keystone of our sport,” Wolf said at the time.
The industry has grown, changed, has a different mindset and work mantra. In Canada the industry is very well monitored by volunteers (I was one).
I guess if the lie is told enough times it circles the globe 10 times before the truth wakes up.
Sorry but this is the truth and it is a published study (or more than one now) and you can google it and read it all for yourself. Bolt guns are designed for Cows and sheep and works well on them. It is not designed for horses and does not work very well on them. This is the TRUTH.
They better not be gutted alive though, they are supposed to be bled out first.
As for volunteer monitoring that is probably as usefull as our fire inspectorl monitoring was at my previous job when the inspector would call and say I'm coming out on THIS DATE. About THIS TIME. Yeah do you thnk he EVER found anything wrong? The films taken with hidden cameras tell the tale and the industry as a whole has been found lacking.
The industry may have been lacking in security and pre-employment checks, but that is about all. Who would have anticipated that a person would come begging for a job, then set about committing severe abuses while filming one another! That is so abnormal to most folks, but it is exactly the modus operandi of the AR groups.
The policies at the tracks are only as good as the people behind them.
At many of the tracks the burden of proving the trainer/owner knew that the horses was headed to a bad place is such that there's no punishment and it ends up being nothing more than lip service.
Do the tracks and TB industry do more then the AQHA and other organizations? Sure, but there's a lot of room for improvement and as always the money talks.
Monitoring goes on EVERY DAY there is a kill floor operation AND the horses are filmed from the intial time into the chute to the final hoist to move the carcas from the killing floor to the area for cutting.
If you just hate slaughter and all aspects you will, like some on the boards, try and restrict all aspects of ownership and equine movement. It is not just slaughter they hate..it is the FACT that they can not MAKE others do as they say.
Nothing in the world is 100 percent however this is what THEY demand
The anti group commenting the most have NEVER been to Canada nor to any slaughter plant by their own admissions on other threads. (here on COTH)
I accept slaughter "as an option" and I have worked hard to make sure horses getting dead are treated in a kind manner. I do not try and ban anyone nor stop them from what it is they are doing.
Slaughter is NOT against the law however those who are anti try every trick in the book U Davis etc to make their WISHES into law.