Moo-ving people toward compassionate living
From Jessica - 29 Jul 2006
I love horses and I hate the fact that they are being used for meat but is it cruel to just ride them and use spurs and a crop.
I am not going to go vegan just because horses are dying. I don't eat horse so how does me stop eating cow and deer meat help stop the killing of horses?
Reply from Frank and Mary
Whether or not riding a horse is cruel depends on how the horse feels about the relationship. Some horses do seem to enjoy the companionship and exercise.
The use of spurs and a crop are definitely cruel, because they inflict pain as a means of controlling the horse. It is far better to encourage the horse with love. With a little effort you can get a horse to understand what you want him or her to do without the use of painful devices.
From our investigations, all commercial meat production involves cruelty to animals. The more we support or become indifferent to suffering of any animal, the more it seems to migrate to all animals, and even to humans.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary
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