The Animal Law Coalition reports Temple Grandin spoke at a pro horse slaughter summit but did not offer the attendees the stamp of approval for the practice that they were looking for.
Grandin noted the problems within the horse-slaughter industry and the practices that would have to be in place to better-insure more humane treatment of the horses. (Not that I agree that this possible.)
I am troubled by one paragraph of the ALC report, which noted – “She (Grandin) described herself as “neutral” on the issue of whether to ban horse slaughter for human consumption.”
But, the best comments from Grandin came on her presentation of the far better strategies for dealing with the over-population of horses and to help horses in need –
… birth control including low cost gelding though only one facility currently offers that service, raising awareness about overbreeding, find jobs for older horses, establish a “horsefinder” that like petfinder.com would help owners network to find homes for horses they cannot care for any longer, establish hay banks and allow hay to be harvested on land that the government pays farmers to leave unplanted, allow in place rescue, create horse parks, or impose surcharges on stall fees at tracks and horsebreeding to cover the cost of humane euthanasia.
In effect, the solutions relayed by Dr. Grandin are (1) stop the overbreeding, (2) find ways to care for horses in need.
Great suggestions. So ban the horse slaughter and ban the selling of horses at auction to be sent elsewhere for slaughter and then lets implement these suggestions and hold the people responsible for over-breeding horses accountable.