Source: Anonymous Contributor
“Below is an actual recent phone conversation between a well known equine advocate (name withheld to protect the innocent) and a horse hater (name withheld to protect the stupid) who crawled out from underneath his rock in an obvious effort to display his lack of knowledge, education and social mores. True, it is just another day in the life of an advocate but often it helps to share some of the joy with other like minded souls. Enjoy!” ~ R.T.
A redneck sounding guy from (deleted) left me a voice message to call him this morning. Five minutes later, he left a second and identical message. He said it was about horse slaughter. I told (delete) it did not sound like one of our folks! She said “I think that is a safe assumption.”
I called him back and the conversation went something like this (although he continually talked over me):
Him: Are you (delete)?.
Him: Are you against horse slaughter?
Him: Can I ask you why on earth you would be against it?
Me: It is a cruel betrayal to the horses and the meat is unfit for human consumption.
Him: I could understand that if you were a woman who had raised a horse as a pet, but for a man to think like that is ridiculous.
Me: I can see how a person like yourself might confuse compassion and femininity. Still, I am against cruelty and selling contaminated meat.
Him: Bull s**t! Ever since the GD Congress closed the plants you can’t get jack for a horse and they are suffering.
Me: Well, how do you say that given there was no reduction in the number of horses going to slaughter. They just went to Canada and Mexico.
Him: I don’t say we should kill all horses, I wouldn’t kill a really good one. But you used to get $1,500 for a nag, now you can’t get $300. I have a load of horses here that I am taking down to Mexico to get knocked in the head and make me some money. (I think he was trying to get me upset with that imminent threat. Like I would panic at the thought given the river of horses we have had to witness going to slaughter all these years.)
Me: You better hurry, the Europeans won’t take the meat any more because horses are not raised as food animals and they have found lots of dangerous drugs in the meat. I am sure you know why slaughter animals have ear tags.
Him: Bull s**t! We use exactly the exact same drugs on cattle as horses and just keep them up for 30 days.
Me: Then you better hope you don’t get caught! Besides, I have studied the statistics and found closing the slaughter plants had nothing to do with the rate of abuse and neglect. Again, how could it if we still slaughter just as many horses?
Him: Bull s**t! It destroyed the horse market.
Me: Then you can tell me how many horses we sent to slaughter last year?
Him: Probably about 20,000.
Me: Over 150,000. Ask the USDA.
Him: It wasn’t enough!
Me: How many would we need to kill to make the market improve? Did you know that breeding is way down since 2005?
Him: Horse crap. The auctions are full of horses and you can’t get anything for them. Every jackass in the world is breeding a horse in their backyard because they think they need a colt.
Me: We agree on breeding! However, if you don’t believe breeding is down, talk to the AQHA, their registrations are off more than 50%.
Him: The AQHA is disgusting. They wrecked that breed. Quarter horses are just pigs on stilts now.
Me: Hey, we agree again! But it is happening to all breeds.
Him: You are the stupidest men I ever met.
Me: Perhaps, but I think you confuse your strongly held opinions with knowledge. I have had my work reviewed in a law journal and they found it accurate. BTW, if you want to know what really causes abuse and neglect to increase it is the price of hay. It has increased 250% in many states over the past decade.
Him: Of course feed is important. The drought has hurt a lot of livestock business, but that all happened after the plants closed.
Me: No, one of the biggest droughts was in 07-08. It hit the Southeastern and Northwest US hard, just as the US plants were closing. Besides, the biggest impact has been from the shift of land use away from hay and into subsidized corn for ethanol as the price of gas went up. Hay crops were dropping every year until about a year ago.
Him: What is wrong with slaughtering horses right here and creating some good jobs for Americans?
Me: The jobs wouldn’t go to Americans, they would go to illegals like they always have, and they are not “good” jobs. They are dangerous and low paying.
Him: So what? Illegals need to earn a living too. (I can’t believe this guy would be pro-immigrant!)
Me: Do you know what a horse slaughter plant does to the crime rate in a town?
Him: You have to be an idiot not to see that this all happened after the plants closed.
Me: Perhaps you should look for some facts to go with your opinions. It really helps drive your points home.
Him: Where the hell do you live? I bet you live in New York City?
Him: I bet you never even owned a horse in your life.
Me: We have 15 and I have owned horses for 50 years. You?
Him: Then you are a GDMF dumb ass <click>
Gotta love it!