Originally posted by Angela Freda
AND you are totally wrong is your presumption regarding the reason why the EU and the USA are different.
And thanks to JSwan for the tip off
So before I go any further I will point out that for many years I campaigned against the live transportation of horses for food and also for better welfare regulation in other countries. Please understand that the UK does not ship live horses for transport for meat and horse meat is NOT eaten in the UK at all - ever!
The USA is virtually entirely unregulated and traceability of stock going into the food chain is abysmal there in comparison to EU regulation. Europe has a culture of higher regulation and particularly where it extends to food and animal welfare. Makes no difference whether or not you eat horses, I'd suggest you find out about cattle and sheep going into the food chain there too!
Furthermore we are much more highly regulated regarding shipping stock - including horses - Quite simply we have much stricter welfare regulations regarding transportation. The USA transport stock (horses too) in conditions that would warrant a fine and prison sentence here!
Additionally we are much stricter with regard to drug control on stock as I've already posted. Use of Bute and steroids for instance is severely limited and highly regulated and we would quite simply not be permitted to use it as you do without incurring fines.
Likewise over here farriery is highly regulated and only a trained and competent person can trim a horses feet for shoeing - otherwise again its breaking the law and a hefty fine.
And to arabhorse2 - whilst its entirely possible to be anti transporting live horses in inhumane conditions and for excessive distances, I would say its just NOT realistic to be anti slaughter.
Indeed whilst I'm against the former its my view that a heck of a lot of horses would be alleviated immense suffering if they were owned by responsible people who took the final decision to slaughter them when they should.