This is a question asked by Jordan Stanton in an article entitled,”American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act and Its Impact on the Horse Capital of the World“, writing for the blog of the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture and Natural Resources Law. This group is made up of “legal scholars, practitioners and students” according to its website.
Since the article is biased in favor of horse slaughter, I am going to give Stanton the benefit of the doubt that he or she is opening the subject up for debate.
I am not going to take the article line for line and refute all its false statements and interpretations in a single post. Instead, here are some — certainly not all — relevant facts about horse slaughter.
- Based on documentary evidence from around the world, extreme pain and suffering is inherent to horse slaughter no matter where it is practiced or by whom.
- Horse breeding is motivated by greed. Breeders flood the market with horses then complain about the state of the equine economy.
- It is unreasonable to expect society to assume the burden and absorb excess horses horses resulting from irresponsible breeding practices.
- Although horse slaughter has been banned in the United States, American horses are being sent to slaughter at the same rate they were when they were killed for their meat on U.S. soil.
- The problems horse slaughter is supposed to relieve still exist.
- Horse slaughter is immoral, and not a solution to the American horse industry’s self-imposed problems.
- Although numerous restrictions have been put into place by the EU who receive American horse meat, horses are not traditional food animals and therefore not regulated as such. Horses receive a myriad of drugs — especially racehorses — which bans their meat outright from ever entering the human food chain.
Speaking of breeding, Stanton states, “The problem has led to unregulated breeding, which has further inflated the crisis.”
Most pro horse slaughter individuals express their opinions based on the idea that the slaughter of U.S. horses ended when the plants shut down in 2007. It has not stopped, it only moved. So Stanton may inadvertently have made one correct statement. Slaughter promotes over breeding which negatively impacts the horse industry.
No matter how many horses Kentucky kills via slaughter, it will not resolve any of the issues Stanton cites.