A Note about Sugarbush Draft Horses
I see it over and over again, and no matter how many times it's said, it's still wrong. "Sugarbush Drafts are just an Appaloosa Draft Cross". Uh.... no. The Sugarbush Draft Horse was a breed created many years ago in Ohio. While the initial cross was made using Percherons to Appaloosas, in the many generations following, the breed has been solidified into a consistent type. Saying these horses are "just" a draft cross makes as much sense as saying that AQHA horses are "just" a Thoroughbred cross, American Cream Drafts are "just" a dilute Belgian, or that Morgans are "just" a grade.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The Horse Slaughter Debate
You see, what people forget, is that US citizens have some things we can do to prevent our own horses from suffering this fate, IF we are willing to do a bit of work. I know back in 2005, I could register a brand, and then list that brand as "no slaughter". If a horse branded in that manner hit a kill pen, it would have to be inspected. A brand inspector would see that, and then the facility would have to contact me to remove the horse. Yes, this means that I need a "safety net" fund for any horse of mine I sell, but I would still be able to get that horse out of the slaughter pipeline. I like the option of that!
The problem, as I see it, is that we don't like death. Granted, it's an ugly thing, but oddly we accept it in some forms, and not in others. Humane euthanasia is the best option for a horse with no future, or so many people believe, but lets be honest here: people suck. Do you really think that we can simply wish for a better world, and it will happen? No, people suck, and there will always be people who suck, and who care very little about their animals. With out some form of government (of some type) regulations/laws we will never be able to completely reduce the unwanted horse population.
So what do we do with all the extra horses that are created? Will society absorb them? Sure, in about 30 years, during which time millions of horses will suffer. There simply aren't enough GOOD homes out there for all of these horses. Lets not even talk about the big breeders poping out 400 foals each year, with no care as to their future! The numbers quickly become mind boggling.
So, what can we do? Well, we can accept slaughter, that's the easy and brainless solution. Because it's easy, it's the solution that so many people will naturally want. No effort on their part, and they can simply ignore the ugly side of the mess humans have created.
Posted by Pinzgauer at 12:35 PM