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THE REQUIREMENTS OF JUSTICE

By Jerry Finch of Habitat for Horses
Horse Slaughter Terrorists Never Ponyed-Up

Wyoming State Rep. "Slaughterhouse" Sue Wallis

RT Fitch and I each placed $1,000 on the table as an award to anyone who can prove that equine slaughter has a basis in need other that sticking money in the pockets of the pro-slaughter crowd. Without fail, the customary propaganda spewed forth like sewage from an overflowing cesspool. Not a single statement held any factual backing. Several tried to turn the tables, challenging us to provide the answer to, “Why not?” Nor was a word uttered on this blog by the high and mighty “authorities,” although some person named “Wallis,” who thinks she is a leader of some sort, did post on several other blogs that I was an idiot and should be “investigated.” 

Meanwhile, I was proud to have a large number of comments posted against horse slaughter by this who see through the fallacies, lies and misdirections. One person, Faith Bjalobok, PhD, asked if I would like to post one of her articles that fit perfectly and answers the question about the proven “Facts” on horse slaughter. I am honored to present it to you:

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There is much debate about the best way to deal with horses whose owners no longer seem to have any desire to care for them.  In terms of the solutions proposed by horse owners there are those who support slaughter and those who oppose it. Group A who view horses are mere property much in the same way one views a farm tractor tend to be pro-slaughter. Group B who view their horses as a part of their extended family believe they have a moral obligation to care for them in their old age and tend to oppose slaughter.

Currently there are no operating horse slaughter facilities in the United States. American horses destined to be slaughter are shipped to Canada or Mexico. It is estimated that about 95,000 horses annually are shipped to slaughter (Animal Law Coalition).

The proponents of opening U.S. horse slaughter facilities employ numerous informal fallacies as the cornerstone of their position. In relying on the fallacy of hasty generalization, they label all anti-slaughter people as animal rights extremists. In employing the slippery slope fallacy, they would have you believe that banning horse slaughter will inevitable lead to the end of all agriculture in the United States. Pro-slaughter arguments also tend to rely heavily on the naturalistic fallacy (it is the case therefore it ought to be the case).  Although polls indicate that nearly 70% of Americans polled are against horse slaughter, Wyoming State Rep. Sue Wallis and her supporters claim they are taking the moral high ground in their fight to bring horse slaughter back to the U.S.  The Animal Welfare Institute lists organizations and individuals opposed to horse slaughter. Included on the list of those opposed are such equine industry giants as the American Thoroughbred Association, Blue Horse Charities and the New York Racing Association.

Currently, two states California and Florida have adopted laws that make the sale or transport of horse for slaughter a crime.  HR 503 (Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act) awaiting a vote would place a federal ban on the purchase or transportation of horses for slaughter.

There is a much larger issue at stake in the horses slaughter debate that says a great deal about who we are as Americans. Ronald Dworkin (1986) argues that while justice and fairness are distinct from the law integrity in the law requires that the law reflect justice and fairness. He also argued that integrity in the law requires citizens who are committed to justice (Dowrkin, 1986 ).

Justice is not something that occurs in a state of nature but rather it is a human construct that exists only in human society. While some societies actually place great value on justice others value justice only when its implementation is cost effective. The question then becomes why is it the case that some societies have a greater propensity to value justice than others. This discussion is not new and can first be found in Plato’s Republic.

In terms of the 18th century thinkers upon which our political system is built, the writings of Immanuel Kant hold a place of distinction.  Kant addressed that very question concerning justice in his Lectures on Ethics and in the Metaphysics of Morals. Kant did not believe that we have direct duties to animals because they are not, according to his definition of person as a rational being, part of the moral community. However, he believed that we have indirect duties to animals because Kant like Hogarth and many other thinkers believed that cruelty to animals undermines our own humanity and leads to cruelty to humans.

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  1. Does Sue Wallis actually look like the picture or has someone doctored it to make her look more Ugly than she actually is.

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  2. Excellent article…”The humane treatment of America’s horses is a requirement of justice”. Beautifully said by Faith Bjalabok, PHD. Will share this far and wide. Thank you.

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  3. This says it all for me:

    “Of course the inherent cruelty of the stun bolt created by a horse’s anatomy does not address the inherent cruelty of the fear and betrayal horses experience in the process of getting them to the slaughter house. Horses are prey animals and when they learn to trust us they go against their natural instinct and place their safety in human hands. This trust is betrayed when we load them onto death trailers. Many observers have noted the fear in horses’ eyes as they await their death in holding lots looking for a human to protect them.”

    I remember hearing of a poor mare that was left in the kill box while the idiots took lunch. When they got back to the station the she was shivering and had peed all over herself in fear. Horses suffer both physically and mentally when they are sent to slaughter. That to me is disgusting and tells it all about this cruel and inhumane business.

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    • Lynette,

      Very well said.

      I have a problem with cattle not being considered prey animals. They are, BUT their flight and fright response is way different than cattle.

      These people are sick, sick, sick or inherently defective.

      Folks, go post some responses over at HfH (Jerry Finch’s site) and please show your support. There is a slaughterhead and “supporter” of Jerry’s “confused”. Yeah…the need to handle and butcher equines this way is just so confusing and has no solutions. JEESH!!!!!!

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      • Sorry….”They are, BUT their fright and flight response is way different from equines.”….

        Jeesh on me!

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  4. I just dealt with almost the same argument from a group of cackling pro slaughter dimwitted hens on Facebook. No matter how much evidence we put forward as to why we and the vast majority are opposed, they questioned or belittled every aspect of it and simply ask for more. I know it is their game. Just as they try to degrade someone who speaks with a basic compassion toward the animal. What I put forth and have yet to receive an answer to is very simple … “You are the one who is pro-slaughter therefor, you need to provide a valid reason as to why slaughtering horses is a benefit to me the American tax payer!” <— Insert sound of crickets!

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  5. To clarify – Horse slaughter is not a private enterprise. It is federally founded and I demand an answer as to how this benefits me as a tax payer. I would also like an answer as to why these ‘so called’ horse lovers are not screaming mad that the government is not putting our tax dollars to better use – such as protecting and sheltering the animal (via tax incentives to rescue farms, etc.)

    Of course, I do not have enough years on this earth to receive said answer!

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  6. “Whenever people say “we mustn’t be sentimental”, you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add, “we must be realistic”, they mean they are going to make money out of it.”
    Brigid Brophy

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    • You are correct,but as most of the problems are caused by politicos and their Leader Barack Obama,there appears not be much interest in Cruelty to Horse-Torture and Family-Pet Murders i.e.BSL.
      My view is not writing to him begging him to show compassion for these animals but rather advising him he will NOT be getting your VOTE because of…………………………………………….
      I think you might find him and his regime far more RECEPTIVE.

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  7. Election time is approaching. CONTACT Reps, Senators, and Governors too!
    Email and Fax #s for U.S. Congress and Governors. http://conservativeusa.org/mega-cong.htm ,
    Senators of 112th Congress. http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

    IF they want to keep riding the gravy train as elected employees of We the People… they better start LISTENING to what our legitimate concerns are.

    No more mister-nice-guy / ms-nice-gal. We have HAD IT with being ignored, mocked and denied… at the expense of (and lives lost and ruined) of the innocent horses and burros… And the wolves too, who are now being hunted to extinction.

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    • Do not forget the poor family pets that are being murdered under the guise BSL(Breed Specific Legislation)
      You are on the right track but I would go to the top of the tree Obama he is desperate for that second term,all his campaigning is about is begging for money and beating the Republicans as the Republicans not quite as bad but singing the same song,just in reverse.
      It would be nice if both could get blown away.And one could campaign for decent human beings.

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