Tuesday, February 22, 2011

We can't save them all,,, or can we?

This won't be a very popular post,, but it IS something we all, as rescuers, are going to have to face sooner or later. It looks like the time is looming upon us.

The Slaughter debate is an ongoing issue. We, as rescuers, have stated that slaughter is inhumane and that there are other ways of dealing with the homeless horses in America. (Sorry, I refuse to use the term "Unwanted" horses, no such thing) There ARE other options available. There are sooo many horses right now without homes and being neglected and abused. We CANNOT find homes for all of them. Rescues are full and still, more horses in need of help everyday. In just the past month we have had:

1. 100 Appaloosas in Mississippi being neglected and looking for homes.
2. 50 donkeys in need of a new home
3. 7 Horses in Atlanta going to the auction
4. 80 horses in WV seized by the state and heading to auction.
5. 30 more in WV being starved

 And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are even more horses at every auction in America. There are more horses out there that nobody has discovered yet, starving in a field somewhere. The pro-slaughter people are already using the fact that rescues are full as another excuse to keep slaughter legal. Now is the time, as rescuers, to put up or shut up. We need to show the pro slaughter people, our Government and everyone else even considering to support slaughter that there are other, viable solutions.

 No, we cannot save them all and find them wonderful homes, but we CAN offer them a humane end. Yes, I am talking about Euthanasia.

 I would like to see every rescue out there host a Euthanasia clinic. It will be heart wrenching and one of the most difficult things you've ever done, but you are giving these horses that face an uncertain future, a humane ending to life. Horses that may end up in a slaughterhouse in Canada or Mexico, or standing in a field somewhere, starving to death because the owners can no longer afford to feed them and cannot or will not pay a vet to put them down humanely.

 Stop "Rescuing" horses from Euthanasia. If an owner is advertising that their horse will be euthanized if they can't find him a new home, or they want to euthanize the horse due to an injury, if you truly want to help that horse, offer to help pay the vet fee. Euthanasia is preferred over slaughter, we have been saying that for years now. To "Rescue" a horse from euthanasia is contradicting that statement.

 We have to be willing to show the country that we, as rescuers, are willing to stand behind what we believe in. We believe that slaughter is inhumane and that euthanasia is a viable alternative. If we keep on attempting to find ALL of these horses homes, we WILL fail, we are already failing. We cannot take in and find wonderful homes for all the horses in need. Deep down inside, we all know this to be true.

 I'm not the greatest writer in the world and sometimes I can come across as being harsh, for that I apologize. What I won't apologize for, is that I am a realist. I don't look at the world through rose colored glasses and I expect the worst from people, rarely do they disappoint me.

 This statement needed to be said. We all know that it would come to this sooner or later. If we all stand back and just say "Sorry, we are full, can't help any more horses" then the pro slaughter people win. We CAN help more horses, we just have to be willing to do,, and admit to it being,, the right thing...

Libby Deemer
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Stands and applauds, very well put. Some rescues already do this, along with a gelding clinic, which definitely needs to be done. Anyone being aoutraged about euthanasia clinics - we are doing this to our dogs, cats, pets every single day in shelters.

Michele said...

I agree, we can't save them all and it is going to get worse. Euthanasia is an alternative. A fellow rescuer once told me, “well, it’s better than dead.” If an animal is in solitary confinement because it has issues, is being abused, is being starved, etc., it is NOT better than dead…it is inhumane and torturous to be cruel, physically or mentally.

Gina said...

You are right. We do need to admit we can't save them all. We should save the ones we can, and give a dignified end to the ones we can't. Older horses past their useful life, who were once useful and devoted companions, should not have to suffer at the hands of the killers in Mexico and Canada. No horse or orphan foal should EVER suffer like that. Thank you for having the guts to be the one to say this.

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Denise Hayden said...

Bravo! Such a sad fact, but nevertheless a true one, personally I agree totally. Our duty to our animals are to love them to the end, there is a statement on my fridge in case I die, where my animal will go, to people. But if I had an old really old animal, the euthanasia would be paid in advance. That's my promise to my pets.

Denise Hayden said...

Bravo, yes it needs to be said. We are responsible for our pets until the end. I have it written on my fridge what to do in case of my death, if I had an old really old pet, it's euthanasia would be paid in advance.

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