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  •  Actually, that's a very good thing. (7+ / 0-)

    Here in CT, we have the highest ratio of horses per acre of any state. It's a small state and a lot of people here have a horse or two on their three acre suburban lots.
    Horses live, on average 24 years. And they don't always age gracefully.
    What do you do with a 1000 pound animal that is lame and in pain, dangerous as a result? A friend in Monroe had a neighbor that over the course of four years, buried 5 horses in his yard. As a result, wells in the neighborhood were polluted by the unregulated, uninspected graveyard. Prior to the ban (thanks PITA), those horses would have gone to the knackers and if healthy, become food for humans (in Canada and France. It used to be a valuable export business in this country) and if not prime, they'd become dog food. Shutting off the auctions, keeping these animals going was inadvertently responsible for a lot of misery both for the horses and for their humans.
    Had they gone to auction, they would not be wasted, they would not become pollution. They would not be kept alive in pain, would not become dangerous because of that pain.
    Plus, they would not cost their owners hundreds of dollars to have someone dig a BIG hole and either pay a vet or someone else to kill the animal. The owners would not have to deal with putting down an animal they had attachment to.
    Along the way, the lack of killer auctions took the floor out from under the price of horses (20 or 30 cents a pound isn't much but it means $250-300 as a base). That plus the overabundance of marginal horses made it economically impossible for many good horse breeders to stay in business.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 02:22:41 PM PST

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    •  Very interesting point. (3+ / 0-)
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      My problem with sending a pet horse (and they are pets to many people) to the knocker is that I know way to much about that process to wish it on any animal much less a pet. Imagine doing that to your dog. Ick.

      There is room in this world for humane slaughter but we aren't there in the meat-packing industry.

      Force is the midwife of every old society pregnant with a new one. Marx

      by Marihilda on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 02:44:15 PM PST

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    •  American horses are often medicated (2+ / 0-)
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      with who knows what, especially when they're older and/or in pain.  Even if a gastronome is willing to defy the taboo, the meat may contain certain drugs that are banned in human-grade meat products.

      Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.--Sam Rayburn

      by Ice Blue on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 03:15:57 PM PST

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    •  I tend to agree with that (0+ / 0-)

      I've never understood the "but it's a horse" rationale for not eating them.

      What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

      by ontheleftcoast on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 05:40:15 PM PST

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