Below are introductory paragraphs of an article about reviving horse slaughter written by Stephanie Simon for the Wall Street Journal.
The title is:
Rethinking Horse Slaughterhouses
Animal-Welfare Groups Are Joining Ranchers in a Push to Revive an Industry That Died in 2007
The article is well researched and fairly well-balanced, quoting from many sides of the issue. But it is the subtitle of the article that is disturbing. People will read the headline, then the subtitle. It is most likely the content of the subtitle they will take away with them.
The subtitle plants the seed that animal welfare people support horse slaughter too. People’s minds will therefore scan for supporting statements as they read through the article. Clever, manipulative journalism, whether the writer is aware of it or not. I take it she is, since she writes for the WSJ.
However, I am encouraged by the comments to the article. Overbreeding means surplus horses with no careers, no homes to go to. These are the horses that the participants at the Summit of the Horse plan to exploit for their meat.
The article begins:
Less than four years after the last equine slaughterhouses in the U.S. closed down, an unlikely coalition of ranchers, horse owners and animal-welfare groups is trying to bring them back.
The group, gathering in Las Vegas this week for a conference called Summit of the Horse, aims to map out a strategy for reviving an industry that slaughtered as many as 100,000 horses a year in the U.S. before it was effectively shut down by congressional action in 2007.
Advocates say the slaughterhouses could bring an economic boost to rural areas and give owners who no longer have the means or inclination to care for the horses an economical and humane way to dispose of them.
“We believe that humane processing is absolutely a moral and an ethical choice,” said Sue Wallis, a Wyoming state lawmaker who organized the event.
Ms. Wallis is working on bringing a slaughterhouse to her state, but said her coalition first must overcome what she called “the ‘ick’ factor.”