Pros and Cons of Slaughtering Horses in Oklahoma
Extinction of Horses
I am deeply concerned as a citizen of the state of Oklahoma that the choice to slaughter horses in this state may in deed not be the best overall for our wild horses that were born and breed in the wild and road and traded once by our Native Americans. These horses originally came from Spain where the Spanish brought them by the way of the sea clear across the ocean to the new world. I would not like to find myself in the position of the governor's office of Oklahoma. The final vote may come today on whether to allow slaughter houses for horses in this state. In thinking about the decisions here, then I would like to think and reflect on both sides to be fair.
1. Someone is going to open slaughter houses and sell their meat to Europe. That means profiting on killing animals. It is about making profits in an economy.
2. Some horses that might have been suffering or aging might be put our of their misery and hoping in a humane way.
3. In the times of drought that we have been experiencing, then you can see that animals may again be put down and not starving or dying of starvation. Lack of rain brings lack of crops that grow to feed them.
4. It could reduce the amount of horses in this state so that some might survive.
1. Do we really want to destroy these animals completely. We know once they start slaughtering they will want to destroy all of them. It makes me remember the movie that Frank Hopkins who was part Native American tried to help the wild mustangs to survive so that the army would not destroy them. They were turned loose on Black Jack Mountain in Oklahoma.
It is against the preservation of these wild mustangs of the Spanish lineage that were allowed to be part of the heritage of the state of Oklahoma.
2. This seems like a destruction of our states legacy and that of the Native American tribes who once road them.
3. I see that someone is going to benefit from this, but who will get the money and the job of killing the animals. Then they are not being allowed to be sold as meat in the state, but sent to Europe for food. What is wrong with this? What makes a difference between European and American consumers? Is money and higher export prices another form of making big profits of killing all horses.
4. What inspection will this meat get to be sent to Europe for human consumption. I would worry that something might not be healthy or the slaughtering might not be done right with good health and inspection standards.
This whole thing leaves me with a really mixed emotion. I am a naturalist who believes in preservation of our world. However I have in the past been in a position of protecting starving horses and getting them rescued for people who owned them dumped them on land without paying rent, and even baby horses were starving. There was no guarantee, when we got a large herd rescued that they would survive. Department of Agriculture did all they could to help them, and attempt to get these horses back in healthy conditions. This was not a drought situation, but one of owners not feeding their horses and dumping them. No one asked for help. The horses busted out of their fencing, when we had to do something, because they were headed across a four lane busy highway in another state. So one could have been killed by the horses causing a wreck or pile up. This I can understand not letting horses suffer.
Then I guess you can say that I do care about preserving our heritage, and how can we say that we allowed someone to come in and destroy them? There should be guidelines and control over this, but I know once that bill passes, then there will be none. I think of the men who shot the buffalo for nothing and destroyed the food and part of our heritage. Native Americans starved because of this slaughter. I think it would be nice to see the great animals still roaming around some areas. All I see now is statues of them, and pictures of them. I am not sure how you feel about all this, but I would love for you to share your thoughts on the matter.
I am reflecting in 2016 toward our future and the lives of all animals. I think back on times, when I went hunting with my husband, and we both now think of the extinction of the species of animals. It hurts to see white rhinos so rare killed, and elephants dying of unknown causes. Time calls for change, and I hope that everyone will consider the importance of not only the horses, but all living creatures. It is my dream that we all as a world take care of these living things.