Source: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“34 percent decrease in horse thefts after horse slaughter was banned…”
When Deborah Peterson laments that “horse slaughter gets all the attention” (“Crackdown on cattle-rustling pays off,” July 19), I assume she is not talking about the Post-Dispatch, which has not penned one negative opinion on the subject and doesn’t seem to understand the difference between the nature of horses and cattle. It is my understanding that horses are not suited for slaughter due to their skittish nature and excitability making it difficult, if not impossible, to slaughter horses humanely in large numbers.
Ms. Peterson goes on to assert that cattle-rustling is a bigger problem than slaughtering horses in Missouri. What does she think is going to happen once Missouri opens up a horse slaughter plant? Horse theft will become as big a problem as cattle-rustling, if not more so, based on experiences in years past when many horses were stolen out of pastures and barns for slaughter in return for a quick profit. The only known statistical reporting on this subject was in California, which reported a 34 percent decrease in horse thefts after horse slaughter was banned in 1998.
We should not encourage or ignore the inhumane practice of horse slaughter just because cattle-rustling is a bigger problem. These are two separate issues and should be dealt with as such.
Diann Valenti • Lemay
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- Research shows most Missourians oppose horse slaughter (horsetalk.co.nz)