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Pros and Cons of Slaughtering Horses in Oklahoma

Updated on October 24, 2017

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I am deeply concerned as a citizen of the state of Oklahoma that the choice to slaughter horses in this state may indeed not be the best overall for our wild horses that were born and bred 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 slaughterhouses 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. I am going to let you know right up front that I am going toward the facts within the cons on this article. My heart goes out to these animals.

Pros:

1. Someone is going to open slaughterhouses 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 out 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 a number of horses in this state so that some might survive.

Cons:

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 state's 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? Are 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 the 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 the 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 are 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. In 2017, we are looking at destroying the Buffalo in our National Parks. I reflect back to the killing of Buffalo for the sheer sport of it. They never needed it for food. It is taking it out of an area, because the population has grown. Why cannot this group that believe in slaughtering animals think of relocating them? The list can go on about the species on this earth. We must take a stand against all this loss of life. Heritage is important, but species of animals should be worked with by environmentalist in order to make our world preserve all the heritage of the unique animals. Horses are but one of the problems existing in our world. You must think of the pros and cons before it is too late, and the horse species is gone forever from our lives. Once they were thought of for riding and for travel, and also for workhorses to plow fields. Now it is tractors, but do we really have to let go?

I also learned in 2016 about a family in our state that has taken the original herd of Spanish horses and tried to preserve them for posterity. This family made it their lifetime dedication to the preservation of this herd of horses. They take donations to help fund the cost of caring for them. The other wild horses that are not of this herd are considered for slaughtering. There are things in life and in this world that we must stand up for, or we will see them gone forever.

One of the greatest things that came forth from these horses is the need for our soldiers to adopt them, and this gives the horses and the soldiers something to live for. You have to remember many of them have lost their limbs, and many come back from war depressed and feeling down. Hats off to those that are helping both the horses and the soldiers to bond in this way. These horses have made a difference, and I am glad to see this happen. There is still hope that somehow that they can be relocated or given a special home with special people to love them. I ask that you make it your business to care about the wildlife in your own state. There are definitely other states that have the same type of problems with their horses.

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    • ladybluewriter profile imageAUTHOR

      ladybluewriter 

      3 years ago from United States

      I finally found someone in the state of Oklahoma who actually works with the horses from the heritage. There is a web site that tells about the horses.

      At least now I know they are being protected. This herd is being taken care of by donations made to help preserve their legacy. I will be writing a more detailed and accurate article on this Spanish herd of horses in the near future. I am planning a visit to see them, and meet those that work with them to preserve the heritage.

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      ladybluewriter 

      3 years ago from United States

      In Europe the small companies slip it to the larger ones, and it has caused tainted meat. If you think about race horses or any other horse that is fed steroids or given other things in mass doses to keep them running, then you see why it can be a problem. When this was started to pass by law, then our own people in Oklahoma were not going to be sold any meat. It was to go overseas or another country nearby. It was the way of getting rid of old horses, possibly sick ones or taking wild horses and slaughtering them. I am against slaughtering any herds of wild horses. I am also against those that would dump or starve their horses, because they cannot feed them. Thanks for asking peachpurple.

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Eww, do people eat horse meat? They are tame animals

    • ladybluewriter profile imageAUTHOR

      ladybluewriter 

      4 years ago from United States

      Thanks for doing some research. That is great.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I found this and will look further after Christmas.

      http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/wild-horses-in-dange...

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I don't blame you; it would matter to me too. I doubt I can find out anything but I will do a little research first chance I get.

    • ladybluewriter profile imageAUTHOR

      ladybluewriter 

      4 years ago from United States

      I followed this herd, because I watched a movie called Hidalgo. This is the same heard that use to be protected by families on Black Jack Mountain, Oklahoma. There were supposedly 250 left of the original Spanish herd brought across the Mississippi river. I have read some do not wish to get the government involved in the wild mustang, because they would find out what has been happening on the land in oil and gas mining by those with big money. I personally do not know myself Jackie but to me this matters.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Well there simply has to be a solution, and someone can find it if they want to. If there is drought or not enough vegetation for these horses they certainly don't need to be fed to anyone. I am sure there is land in other states but it would not be logical to capture wild horses. Perhaps better pastures are near enough they could be drove into but that would be a big if not impossible job too. I have never really thought about anything like this but there is always a solution if someone wants to find it. Perhaps the truth is someone wants the land. It does sound like a crooked deal in politics from what you say and good luck with that. Our whole country is facing disaster at this very moment because of lying politicians.

    • ladybluewriter profile imageAUTHOR

      ladybluewriter 

      5 years ago from United States

      I am finding out after reading a article that was written by someone in Texas who showed about the slaughter houses there. The horses look healthy and not sick at all. What I found revealed to that there could have been or more than likely was lobbying in the state to push this. Well come to think about it, then the person said that the ones owning rights to minerals do not wish to see the Federal government to come into the areas they mine to do any checking on things like natural gas, or any other mineral rights owned in lieu of checking up on the wild mustangs. So they slide it in and get it approved to destroy the mustangs. They seem to know exactly what was being done and who did it in the state. Why is because they might not have used good techniques or contaminants that could make people sick, and may have used things that are detrimental to the environment which could shut them down. This went to fast through the state and you know they did not consider things they should have. When everyone found out , then it was all ready a done deal.

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      Anna Moss 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Sigh. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the chemistry of the meat is where the rubber meets the road. People only care about blowback, not morality. Commercial slaughter is not humane. Slaughterhouses attract violent-minded people. (Talk to those who've lived near them.) Slaughter is an ecological disaster. But, most important, the horse is a gift from God, it is not "clean" flesh for our consumption. And what about the role the horse has played in human history? Oh well, shoot 'em, gut 'em, eat 'em. How did we fall so far? Americans used to be compassionate and decent.

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      lady cherokee 

      5 years ago

      This is very interesting these horses need to be preserved not slaghterd

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      ladybluewriter 

      5 years ago

      djseldomridge ,

      I just read a whole thing about this affecting Europe , and I agree with you that we are probably fighting illnesses today because of what they put in our food that we do not know about. I am seriously thinking about it. I am had an excessive amount of air on my stomach lately and I drink milk. Now I read about milk and it is scarey. Big business is cutting corners on safety and not caring about the consumer. It is about producing higher levels of milk injecting them with something. Now this something could be making me ill. I am about ready to go for the Almond milk in replacement of cow milk.

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      Donna Seldomridge 

      5 years ago from Delaware

      I wonder about this problem with any of the animals I consume. What are they eating? Have they been sick? Are they properly fed? Do they have hormones or antibiotics in their bodies? It's enough to make me think about becomin a vegetarian.

    • ladybluewriter profile imageAUTHOR

      ladybluewriter 

      5 years ago from United States

      It has been brought to my attention that Europe is finding tainted horse meat mixed into other meats and steroids among other things. They say it has become a scandal and now look at Oklahoma and we are approving killing meat and shipping it over there. How do we not know after two years in a drought that these horses are even safe at this time without some disease we do not know about? Farmers have not had enough food for their animals, and they have suffered greatly.

      The water has dried up in places, corn has withered, and wheat has also suffered. They have not been able to get food shipped from other states due to the high cost. There were 28 states last year in a drought.

    • ladybluewriter profile imageAUTHOR

      ladybluewriter 

      5 years ago from United States

      The horses are a legacy and I feel strongly that they should not be destroyed. This is part of our Native American cultures. The Spaniards brought them here from Spain. I cannot see how anyone could allow them to destroy these horses. If they are too many and need a relocation, then i feel like somebody should think of doing something to help. They should not be lost to our civilization.

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      Donna Seldomridge 

      5 years ago from Delaware

      I don't think that wild horses should be slaughtered. People will round them up and kill them for a profit. There should be regulations on culling herds, otherwise they will become extinct in OK. Please ask for some type of regulation from your representatives. The wild horses are an American legacy, not just a source of food for others.

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