Minnesotans reining in abuse, neglect

  • Article by: KEVIN GILES , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 15, 2008 - 11:48 PM

More and more unwanted horses are turning up around Minnesota as the economy continues its slide, but horse rescue operations are fighting back.

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auericgopherDec. 16, 0812:39 AM

The base price was always set by the slaughter price. So many cents per pounds. With that avenue gone, the floor fell out from the horse business. And now some owners have no way out. I guess the idea of slaughter was or is worse than starvation.

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jusmeeDec. 16, 0812:44 AM

How heartwrenching! Poor animals, for that matter poor people. The past 8 years have brought us nothing but despair and pain.

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ubetcha489Dec. 16, 0812:51 AM

Some of us put a high value on horses emotionally, others of us value horses purely as an economic commodity. At the end of the day, horses have value to all of us in some way, and we need to see to it that they are protected. Power to the folks at Refuge Farms and places like it.

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zpgmomDec. 16, 08 1:08 AM

How many ads do you see with people breeding their horses irresponsibly? Yes, there's a financial crisis, but you can't find a mare for sale that's open-- everybody wants to breed more horses, even when there are too many horses and not enough homes. The elimination of slaughter only made it more obvious. Hay has gone up dramatically and everyone is tightening their belts. The horses are the ones who are suffering..... Please be sure to donate to the horse rescuers like Drew.... every $5 matters.

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izy1969Dec. 16, 08 2:05 AM

Let's see whats worse starving horses,abandoned horses, and horse turned loose vs.slaugher? People this is why we need to have the slaughter market. Whether you believe in slaughter or not, it does help control the horse population and give people an alternative. I'd rather see horse go to slaughter than become skinny and not fed or worse yet turned loose. Domestic horses cannot survive in the wilderness when they are turned loose and they also become a road hazzard for drivers. What's next? Are we going to shut down the beef and pork producers and their cattle feedlots and hog facilities, because they are too crowded? By the way, just because horse goes to a "kill sale" does not mean they will end up on a slaughter truck.

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jozeleDec. 16, 08 3:46 AM

When there was a good price for slaughter horses There was a place for the unwanted or unaffordable horses. They were usually the ones that had some problem. If there were slaughter houses every 300 miles or so Most horse owners could haul them there in their own trailers. Yes we feel very close to some horses and would not want them go to slaughter. Well if you have that horse than you can always have him put down and buried in your back yard when the time comes if you want but for other horses the shaughter market makes more sense. As to the cost of keeping a horse. Most horses do not require 300 dollars in vaccines. lets see I pay 2.50 for rabies, 1.00 for anthrax, about 13.00 for west nile, and about 7.00 for flu,tetnus,sleeping sickness eastern western. Which adds up to about 23 dollars. In some areas you might have to vaccinate for something else but to my knoweldge 30 to 40 more should cover most of that. Some of us ride in the cold in the winter to bring costs down. Its not just horse rescues that are feeding a few extra horses but they are the ones that get help of course. I am sure that there are some like me who took in about 5 extra horses for the winter I also placed 3 horses for someone who needed to move horses.

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vetkidd1Dec. 16, 08 6:46 AM

lithray what a jacka$$

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caring23Dec. 16, 08 7:23 AM

Lithray, you say horses are animals, let them die. Horses are mammals as are humans, Horses are equines mammals YOU are a humal animal, so I say let YOU die, you have no compassion for animals that feel emotion and pain. You are not a human, the word HUMANE is derived from human, you are not worthy of the love of anyone.

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ravenmxDec. 16, 08 8:01 AM

I think we can safely wish the same thing about you.

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leah2444Dec. 16, 08 1:54 PM

Anyone who would be breeding horses in a time as this are the problem. The pro slaughter are putting the horse before the cart as a solution. Stop breeding and there would be no need to go to the expense of building slaughter plants and killing unwanted horses through such an inhumane and cruel way as horse slaughter is. I just wish every person who is for horse slaughter and to travel in those trailers with the horses go to the feed lots and stay with them and then go to the kill building and die with them. Who is ready to be first to go?

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