A southeastern Idaho lawmaker wants horse slaughterhouses operating again in the United States to deal with the supposed “glut of unwanted horses resulting from the faltering economy that has led to cases of neglect and abandonment.”
WRITE TO HIM AND TELL IDAHO NO TO HORSE SLAUGHTER: http://www.idahostatesman.com
Tell Idaho this:
Please stop dealing with the perceived horse overpopulation problem after the fact and approach the subject from its root cause: irresponsible breeding.
Let us take the current Brand Inspectors and put them to work in the following areas:
License all stallions and let the fees for the licensing go to cover the brand inspectors fees.
Start charging a breeding fee for every foal born. Call it an “End-of-Life Fee.” This fee would be held by the states. The fees should be steep enough to cover end-of-life costs, along with help in replacing the lost revenue from the horsemeat sales that can no longer take place due to the closing of the slaughter plants.
Impose the “End-of-Life Fee” as a tax to all who profit from horses. This tax would be required of horse shows, horse races, equine goods, large animal veterinarians, Veterinary hospitals, and the like. The tax will replace the lost revenue from horse meat.
What this all boils down to is money. Don’t let horses suffer the human greed. The revenue stream can be replaced, so that horses maintain their dignity with a dignified end of life clause for all breeders.