Essay on Benefits of Horse Slaughter Industry

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The horse is a highly respected animal in United States culture. It has been worshipped and paid tribute to through art, books (Misty of Chincoteague, Black Stallion), movies (Black Beauty, Spirit), and television shows (Mr. Ed).  The horse industry is huge in the United States, encompassing everything from rodeos and racing to horses owned for purely pleasure.  There have been statues erected of famous racehorses, as well as museums devoted entirely to equines.  "Horse culture" is a huge part of American culture. The slaughter of horses for human consumption does not seem to fit into that culture.  However, despite initial reservations, many Americans may agree that the slaughter of horses is better than alternatives. …show more content…
 Animal rights activists, as well as locals in the communities are trying to prevent both factories from operating (Scripps Howard News Service, 3/8/01).

Recently, the Texas Humane Legislation Network has been leading the attack on the multimillion dollar companies, citing a law from 1949 that "prohibits possession, sale or shipment of horse meat [intended] for human consumption" (St. Petersburg Times, 9/4/02).  Both companies have filed lawsuits in retaliation. They state that the slaughter of horses eases financial strain, feeds other nations, and is accomplished in a humane manner.

There are millions of horses in the United States; many of the horses are virtually worthless due to poor training/treatment, bad attitudes, poor confirmation, lameness, sickness, and also simply being old.  Slaughter companies provide an affordable way for horse owners to dispose of their unwanted animals. "'What do you do with the animal when it is diseased, or old, or lame?" said Geert DeWulf, general manager of Dallas Crown... `We provide an outlet'" (Scripps Howard News Service, 3/8/01).

The benefits are not only felt by horse owners in short supply of money; recently in Europe, the supply of meat from traditional sources, such as cattle, sheep and pigs has dwindled due to epidemics in the herds, such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy  or "mad cow" disease, as well as hoof and mouth disease.
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