Letters and Responses

From The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
Family Foundation
and All-Creatures.Org

Letter from Sheri About Horse Slaughter - 23 Sep 2009

I'm actually not sure how I feel about the slaughter of horses for food. I am very much against any type of cruelty to animals, especially horses. It seems to me that the closing of the horse slaughtering facilities in the US has caused MORE horse abuse than it has alleviated it!! Now horses are hauled long distances to Mexico or Canada where we can no longer control how they are treated. However, only a small number are exported because of the cost of transport.

What do you think happens to the unwanted horses in America? Every horse rescue facility that I know about is filled to capacity and unable to take in anymore. Horses aren't getting adopted because of the amount of free horses on the market. Good, trained usable horses that in other times would bring a good price. Most of the horses in the rescue facility have issues: too old, lame or sick, unrideable for one reason or another. They have heath issues that take extra care and vet services (vets are expensive) and usually need a special diet. Most often they need special care for their feet (farriers are very costly).

So what happens to the horses that people can't or don't want to keep? Some of them are put to sleep, but that can be quite costly. Most of the wildlife parks don't need the meat anymore, its been so available.

Park rangers have found some horses dead tied to trees so they couldn't go home, starved to death. Horses have been released on the Indian reservations and state and federal land to starve to death and die of exposure Modern horses cant survive in the wild In fact some of the mustangs have having a difficult time surviving. Horses are being found shot on the side of the road. The sheriff is called every day to investigate horses being starved to death. In this county they can't do much. If there is hay on the premises (even if they don't feed it) the authorities can't do anything.

I could go on forever. I'm sick sick sick to death of it I do what I can I've taken in as many as I can. I don't know what the answer is.

Sheri

Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman

Dear Sheri:

We understand the problem, and are doing everything we can to educate the public, and more public opinion to demand an end to animal exploitation.

Most or the domestic horse overpopulation problem has been created by breeding them. And, in a way, the overpopulation may actually be a controlling factor by ending their market value and business of breeding them.

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank and Mary

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