Well, it seems I was somewhat premature in reporting on the trainwreck over the Kansas City Star article. I had mistakenly assumed that the PSA crowd had used up all their stupid on the matter and would move on. I was so very, very wrong. It’s STILL going on and the PSA crowd is making less sense than usual. I’ll give you some highlights here, but if you want to catch the live show, go here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151100260841648&set=a.346008596647.197164.318696121647&type=3&theater.
The one thing I noticed about PSA’s, other than travelling in packs, is that the more opposition, the more outlandish their statements become. I’m not sure if they really believe what they are saying or they’re just flinging crap against the wall to see what sticks. Maybe a bit of both?
“I have a better idea than watching a video. Go to a meat locker, and SEE with your own eyes how a responsible rancher and a responsible butcher dispatch an animal. Watch this with your own eyes instead of the propaganda videos which have been proven time and time again to be bootlegged from other countries, and edited to make them seem even harsher than they are. Get off your couch, put down your laptop, and GO SEE. Then perhaps you can come back and make a *gasp* educated decision.”
– Ok, I’m not sure what going to a `meat locker’ is going to teach anybody about slaughter since all you will basically see is the end product. There won’t be any sign on the carcass that says `This one took five shots in the face to drop’ or `Woke up on the bleed rail’. You’ll see….well, you’ll see meat in a meat locker. Now, she also suggests that all the slaughter-house footage is `edited’ to make it seem worse. Hmmm, the footage I have seen was not edited in the least. I’m pretty sure they didn’t bring in PIXAR or any other company to doctor up that footage and make dead horses revive or appear conscious and aware as they were hung upside down. Another thing she mentions is to watch a butcher dispatch and animal. Those are called custom jobs and are nowhere near what happens in a commercial slaughter plant. I wish we could move on from this `expert’ but she wasn’t done yet. She was so worked up, she was responding to herself…
“And as for the young beautiful horses, it’s not hard to buy them back from a slaughterhouse. All of the KB’s I’ve ever met at auction will not bid on a good horse-unless no one else does. They will not bid against anyone. And if you change your mind, follow them to their trailer and offer what they paid. Guess what-they will all take it. All you are seeing is the horror side of the pretty my little ponies that you think you are saving. Put down your fork, don’t eat or drink for a week. Then tell me starvation is better than slaughter, and come back with a rational solution. Because if you can’t come up with a viable solution, you are aiding in the problem. Congratulations for aiding and abetting in the abuse and neglect of countless animals. Pat yourself on the back, and I hope you are proud of yourself.”
Ummm, once they have their USDA stickers on, it’s virtually impossible to buy horses back from the `slaughter-house’. In fact, when they were up and running, the general public was not allowed to just waltz into a slaughter-house and check out all the horses. Now, if she really means buying them out of a kill pen at auction, sometimes that is possible and those kill buyers do a booming business preying on people who want to save horses. Not to mention stolen horses and people who patrol Craigslist to swindle somebody’s horse off them and yes, that does happen. Also, I will tell you starvation is better than slaughter, not that I want to see that happen either. Horses can be rescued from starvation and given a new life. Slaughtered horses meet a terrible end of which there is no chance at coming back from. Many viable solutions have been put on the table, but the PSAs are all so blinded by blood lust, they refuse to listen. Once slaughter is shut down for good, they can all move to Canada or get out of business. Either way win/win!
I wish I could say that above PSA was a solo act today. She wasn’t. Today’s designated wingman got a little long-winded, so I’m going to have to break her post down into sections….
“You can anthropomorphize all you want, animals are not humans! You can say “if I had all the money and bought all the pretty horses” all you want, you don’t have money and that thought process simply proves your utter lack of understanding in regards to herd health, range management, disposal and by-products.
Some of you folks sitting there making inane comments need to grasp that it simply doesn’t matter what you SAY, if you want to buy a horse, go do it! Don’t expect everyone else to carry the affects of your lack of knowledge. And boy oh boy, in these comments lack of knowledge is rampant.”
– Kinda like all you junk breeders want to use up federal tax funding, at the expense of the existing meat industry, to clean up your mess and put all the profit in foreign pockets? BTW it’s `effects’ not `affects’.
“So who cares, sit on your rear end. BUT, until you have a working knowledge of the industry as a whole, you damn straight aren’t going to be allowed to further damage an entire industry simply because you read Black Beauty once.
“For the ill educated, you’ll automatically think “industry” meaning slaughter only. It isn’t and doesn’t mean that. An “industry” means so very, very much more. It includes veterinarians, shoers, leather products such as saddles, equine saddle pad and protective boot manufacturers, horse trailer companies and dealerships, pick-up sales, farmers or ranchers who raise and sell hay, clothing apparel, shows, associations, and when events happen it means the local stores such as gas stations, restaurants, and motels. All those businesses employ people, supply a product, and directly contribute to local and state economies. THAT is an industry. All those things that many of you never think about.”
– Now call me crazy, but I just don’t see dead horses needing vets, shoers, saddles, protective boots, horse trailers or hay. I am also not aware of many shows for dead horses…
“So, it is vital to make the INDUSTRY healthy and strong again. And stopping slaughter absolutely does not help horses, if fails in every aspect. C’mon – look at the facts! Forget the glitter farting fairy stories so many of you repeat, pull your head out of the clouds and get a real life experience. Look beyond your own personal agenda!”
– I will say it again…Killing off horses isn’t helping the industry considering it is the young, healthy and strong that go to slaughter. Bringing back slaughter does not mean that every abusive and neglectful hoarder is all of a sudden going to start taking care of their animals either. It means that backyard breeders have a convenient dumping ground for the dinks they produce and we sure as hell don’t need more BYBs. BTW, I AM `industry’, so I am more than qualified to tell you that if you need slaughter to put a value on your product, you are a failure and need a new job.
That FB thread goes on and on and the PSA’s are all wordy as hell today. It’s the same old tired denials and ignorance, over and over again. For some reason, they think that only people who live on ranches own horses. I would bet if anybody did a study, many urban horse owners, contribute far more to the `industry’ through boarding, training, lessons etc. Almost everybody that works on the racetrack in an urban dweller at least during race season and they sure as hell qualify as `industry’. You know what I noticed the most about PSAs? They are all very, very angry people! Maybe we could make things better if all of us would just make an effort to seek them out and hug them. Any volunteers? Didn’t think so……