It seems strange to have to ask anybody reading this if they like horses. It’s a blog all about horses in one way or another. However, I know some of my most avid readers are PSAs and I really do wonder if they like horses all that much. No, I’m not talking about how horses taste, I’m talking about the animal. When you’re driving and you see a horse in a field do you slow down a little just to look? Have you watched countless crappy movies and TV shows just because they were about horses? How about vacations? Do you even remember what one is, and if you do, does it tend to revolve around horses in one way or another? I’m certainly not suggesting that you have to run around like a prepubescent horse crazy girl in order to like horses. I’m just wondering if a lot of the more vocal PSA crowd have any appreciation at all for them.
The main reason I wonder is that some people are fighting so hard and so dirty to see that slaughter-house re-open. Sure, they’ll tell you it’s all about the welfare of the horse, but I don’t really believe that. I think it’s really more about winning for some. Right now there is some obscure poll being posted around about whether or not people want that slaughter-house in Rockville to open. It would seem the PSAs are very invested in it as I’ve seen them rallying people to go and vote and then gleefully reporting back as their numbers rise. I’ve even seen some of them tell people to clear their cache on their computers so they can keep on voting. Why? What does that stupid little poll matter beyond waving it around and saying you won? It won’t change legislation and it’s not going to have any influence on whether or not that plant opens. It just gives them something to run back to their bat caves with and crow about. It seems to escape them that in an actual election or real poll, they will only have one vote each. Oh well, let them have their fun. Simple pleasures for simple people…
On a more serious front is the issue with horse rescues. I’ve seen a number of PSAs that claim to either run a rescue or at least be into rescue, but I’ve seen a great number actually voice contempt for rescues. They whine that people give sanctuary to old horses that can never be anything other than pasture puffs, they moan about rescues asking for donations to sponsor a horse they deem unworthy. Guess what? They are ASKING for donations. They aren’t holding a gun to anybody’s head and making them give them money. I have been known to throw coins in a cup for a busker of my own free will. Why can’t I give money to a rescue if I choose? It’s MY money. I earned it and I’ll spend it however I want. I suppose spending it on beer and manicures is more acceptable to some people. Some PSAs get so worked up over rescues asking for donations that I have actually seen them attempt to interfere with them to varying degrees. How is that helping any horse? If you don’t like it, don’t donate and move on.
Some PSAs are so blinded by their need to `win’ this issue, that they will throw support behind anything as long as it is contrary to what the anti-slaughter side believes. One of the more disgusting and strange examples was the UH’s decision to support Nancy Skakel. This is a woman that has a long history of neglecting her horses and needing intervention. She has been indiscriminately breeding her horses without any real income to be able to sustain them. She has judgements and defaulted payments dating back to 2002 if you look her up. Yet, despite her financial issues and inability to properly care for her animals, she continues to breed. So, what does the brain trust of the UH decide to do? They blame the rescues trying to get her skinny horses to safety. Now the rescues are STEALING her horses even though she was charged with animal cruelty in the FIRST DEGREE, the UH decide to ignore all that and use this to push their agenda saying it was about their `rights’ as owners. They even set up a fund where people could donate to help poor Nancy keep on abusing and neglecting her horses and organized a work party. So, rescues are bad, but it’s perfectly fine to beg for money and labor to assist somebody who has been charged with cruelty and several other minor violations to do with her lack of care. According to the PSAs her neighbors should be ashamed that they didn’t go over there and enable her further. Seriously PSAs, is this the best you can do for a poster child?
From the majority of things I read on the PSA side it really appears that they have no interest in working out an alternative to slaughter. They won’t listen or work towards a solution. Maybe it’s because that would mean that they shouldn’t just breed anything and everything. Maybe it means that they won’t be able to cash in on the horse meat market. I just think that if you liked horses even a little bit, and that is liking the animal and not what they can do for you, you would likely put your energies into making things better for them and not fighting so hard to bring back a solution that most agree is not exactly ideal. If you really had any compassion for horses you would not think that even `minimal’ suffering was ever good enough. So many PSAs will tell you that they would never send their own horses to slaughter. That alone tells me that they are hypocrites. If it will be as painless and non-traumatizing as they claim, why wouldn’t they save money and do it that way? Maybe because they just don’t care about horses all that much.
I will leave this quote from John K. Griggs DVM
“From the time a horse is picked up by the killer buyer he is meat on the hoof, and that is the way he is treated. In a journey which can take days, or occasionally weeks, he is jammed into trucks, often where he cannot even stand, and left to fend for himself among a load of other terrified horses. Some of these horses actually have fractures and are in great pain. USDA regulations state that they can go 28 hours without food and water (bad enough) and even this is unenforceable. When the horse reaches the slaughterhouse, death is by captive bolt, and if anyone thinks this always works the first time, we have a film they should see. As a veterinarian I realize the inevitability of euthanasia in certain cases, but to equate the slaughter process with humane euthanasia is the height of hypocrisy.”