I've been doing some research on the American Veterinary Medical Association because I am very puzzled by the fact that they SUPPORT the continuation of horse slaughter in this country.
I wandered far and wide on their site www.avma.org and found quite a few interesting statements regarding their mission and position statements. What I found was that some of their statements plainly contradict others.
And I must say that I respect Veterinarians very much. I have three wonderful cats, and my vet is one of the sweetest women I’ve ever met.
I'd like to make a few salient points.
I would suggest that veterinarians check out "humane" slaughter videos on http://equineadvocates.org/. Make no mistake about it, there is nothing humane about slaughter of
To the argument that there will be too many neglected horses if the ban is enacted: There has been no documented rise in abuse and neglect cases in
Responsible stewardship of companion animals must be advocated by WE, the stewards. If over-breeding is going on, it must be discontinued. And when our beloved companion animals become old or unwell, we have the responsibility to let them leave this world peacefully, not terrified.
The argument is also used that the cost of euthanasia is too "expensive" for many horse owners. I strongly dispute that. Again, from www.saponline.org : The average cost of having a horse humanely euthanized and safely disposing of the animal's carcass is approximately $225, while the average monthly cost of keeping a horse is approximately $200.
Similar issues would be dealt with by an owner of a large dog. I maintain that if you have the money to own a horse, horses, or other companion animals, you are ethically responsible for financially and emotionally providing care for the animal, up to and including the peaceful termination of it's life when/if necessary.
I respectfully ask the veterinarians to educate themselves on this issue, and make an ethical, right decision.
From the AVMA web site (I have highlighted some of the interesting comments):