Who doesn’t like a good conspiracy theory? I know I do for amusement purposes. I tend to give them about as much weight as I would a headline from The National Enquirer, so it always astounds me to learn that some people really believe them. Some even believe them passionately. Such is the new world order in the slaughter wars; conspiracy theories abound. They are especially mind boggling when they come from the PSA side of things. Two of the trademarks of being a PSA is to leap to conclusions and make sweeping generalizations. Shout out your misguided idea as fact and attempt to hammer any opposing views into submission by getting all your internet buddies to chime in. Rinse, repeat as often as necessary.
A week or so ago, I began to see people mentioning some video going around. Word was that it originated from the anti-slaughter side of things and featured a horse being hit with a captive bolt, multiple times. Apparently it was hit 26 times. I did NOT click on a link for it. I have done my research into horse slaughter and seen enough slaughterhouse footage. I had no desire to watch another one be tortured to death. I find things like that gut wrenching, no matter if it is driving home a point for the anti-slaughter movement. So, as disturbing as this video reportedly was, I also began to hear some conspiracy theories around it. Mainly that the video was staged to support the anti-slaughter side of things.
“I would think that it would have to be staged. From what research I have done, 26x seems extremely excessive and I can’t imagine a processing plant wasting that much time on an animal-I’m sure they would have gone to plan B long before that.”
“At 2:19 the “bolter” looks directly at the “undercover” camera”
“What bothers me more than anything else is the knowledge – by someone’s admission years ago – that they would provide proof to defend their stance – even if it meant hurting a horse to get that proof. That’s what really really bothers me about all this hoo-hah by EZs and ARs: for them, the end justifies the means. “
Oy Vey! Where do I even begin with this? PSAs accuse anybody that is anti-slaughter as being an `emotional zealot’. They say we anthropomorphize our horses and live in a perfect make-believe world where they fart glitter or something. So where in all that do you suppose any of us would ever be able to do something like that? To even suggest something like that is pure projection on their part. To suggest something so entirely bizarre means that is something YOU would consider. To suggest the motive is about winning, says more about the you than it does the ones you accuse. You leap to these conclusions because YOU are wired like that. Can’t we all just agree that what happened on that video is unacceptable on any level and no matter what your stance is, that we should make sure that this never happens to a living creature? Probably not. PSAs have trouble owning their evil at the best of times.
You have been living in a bubble if you haven’t heard about the wildfires devastating Colorado right now. Thousands of humans and animals have lost their homes and it’s not over yet. One of the pictures being posted around the net is of loose horses on the road with the fire glowing in the sky behind them. Nobody denies this is tragic and horrific, but leave it to the PSAs to keep things classy in the face of tragedy. I’ve actually seen them posting that they we should all pray that all horses are returned to their RIGHTFUL owners and that fraudulent rescues don’t use this tragedy for financial gain. I’m currently on the fence as to whether this statement is profoundly ignorant or pure evil. What I’m not on the fence about is that it displays an extreme lack of class to use something so tragic to push your agenda. What kind of petty mindset even allows a person to `go there’? Set down your sabres and help these people and animals. If you can’t go help, send up some prayers for them, good vibes or whatever your particular beliefs are. I guarantee that nobody in the midst of this tragedy is giving a single thought to the slaughter issue right now.
Another common conspiracy theory I have seen batted about lately is that rescues are stealing all the horses from poor little 4-H kids. Yup, those evil, deep pocketed rescues are lurking at every horse sale just so they can buy a good mount out from under your kid. Ridiculous! I have sat at many sales that rescue people were present at. Generally, they know who the kill buyers are and will watch what they are bidding on. They tend to jump in only if there is no live bid other than the KB. They don’t usually have deep pockets and they actually don’t want to bring every last horse home. They all have different criteria of what horse or horses they will prioritize, but they aren’t there to steal a good horse from a 4-H kid. The odd one may take one out from under you if you are known to be an asshat that consorts with KBs. I also know how heartbreaking it is for them that they can’t save every last one from the KB. Cue shrieking and testimonies about all the times rescues have done just this and how it’s not `rescue’ if they buy the horse. That is a whole other subject that will be addressed here fairly soon.
These are just a few conspiracy theories I have seen floating around lately. If I could give one piece of advice to the PSAs and have them listen, it would be that most of us on the anti-slaughter side of things don’t view this as all about them. For most of us, it’s about the horses and their welfare. Nothing more. The PSA contingent is like a swarm of fruit flies. Very annoying, but certainly not driving our actions beyond when we actually are forced to deal with them to get legislation passed and look out for the welfare of every horse, not just the chosen few as they would have us do. I’m sorry that our belief that there are better options than slaughter threaten them so much………..Ok, maybe not…..