by; Zuma’s Rescue Ranch
The debate over horse slaughter is senseless~ 80% of Americans have spoken and they do not want horse slaughter in the US. The only way to end debate is to deal with the cause not the symptom. The Cause is over-breeding, we must regulate breeding of horses.
The notion that horses are like cattle; cattle did not carry us through this country on their backs, cattle did not take us to battle and help us win, cattle are not companions, cattle are not athletes, the comparison drawn of horses to cattle are just uneducated and close minded.
Horses are a 9 billion dollar a year industry, a live horse generates revenue in a state for feed, training and care, a dead horse generates no revenue and creates no jobs for Americans. Slaughter plants create few jobs and those jobs are dirty; low paying jobs that mostly benefit foreign interests.
Let’s implement jobs for Americans with annual registrations for horses; fees to register horses will pay for the jobs necessary to regulate the annual registrations. Then let’s charge for breeding licenses, again the fees charged will generate the revenue to hire the regulatory body, more jobs. Live horses create jobs, generate revenue and put money into the US economy. Dead horses benefit only foreign interests.
If we control the number of breeding licenses issued per year, we can regulate the number of horses bred per year. This will bring the value of the horseback up and reduce the number of throwaway horses bred by breed registries.
Breed registries make money to register horses ie: AQHA, APHA, and Jockey Club etc etc. Why not have the state charge registration fees to regulate the breeders. Breeders will only be allotted so many registrations per year based on states ability to place those horses into suitable homes. If it is too expensive to breed for slaughter…. no one will do it.
In this scenario horses win, states win, the equine economy grows, Americans are listened to and special interests are driven out of our country.
This is dealing with the cause of slaughter not just the symptom.
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