There has been a lot in the paper recently about horse overpopulation and the “need” to reopen horse slaughterhouses. I am totally opposed to this because, as mercenary as so many Americans are, they will start rustling not only the wild horses (and shooting the foals so their mothers can be slaughtered) but they will also start rustling people’s pets as well.
I am old enough to remember when we had horse slaughterhouses and how horrible they were. I also remember a neighbor’s horse ending up there because someone wanted to make some money. With our jobless rate as high as it is, there is no way people’s pets aren’t going to be taken.
I also object to racehorses being slaughtered after they have made their owners rich. When my grandfather’s plough horses got too old to work he put them out to pasture. The racehorses deserve the same.
Judith M. Jones