“If We Can’t Race Them, Then Kill and Eat Them!”

posted by Jael Ever @ 19:07 PM
September 17, 2010

For years, horse racing has been on the decline in the United States.  Race Tracks are closing around the country––i.e. Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey, Blue Ribbon Downs in Oklahoma,  Manor Downs in Texas and Bay Meadows in California, etc.  Apparently, gamblers no longer want to go to tracks to place their bets, preferring to do so online.  Moreover, legalized gambling casinos have taken a large chunk of revenue from former race track enthusiasts.

 Naturally, horse farms and breeding operations are closing as well.  Some breeds and track owners are lobbying state governments to add casinos to race tracks to draw in customers.  But other breeders in states such as Ohio, once famous for breeding horses, are selling out to land developers to make room for new suburbs.   Plenty of articles attest to these phenomena, but very few admit what is happening to the horses who ran once around circles to enrich breeders, owners, track operators and a few lucky gamblers.  Just where do, or did, all the horses go?

 Katie Zezima of the Associated Press reports, “As the economy continues to falter, law enforcement officers in Kentucky and throughout the country are seeing major increases in the number of unwanted and neglected horses, some abandoned on public land, others left to starve by their owners.”  Therefore, she reports some state governments are considering reopening horse slaughterhouses in the United States.  Although this country sent some 100,000 horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter last year, there are now more abandoned horses than officials can deal with.  She writes:  “. . . the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it had been overwhelmed with reports of neglected horses.”

 Stophorseslaughter.com adds Japan to countries receiving America’s unwanted horses.  This blog also joins Japan with France, Italy, and Belgium, as the biggest consumers of horsemeat, where it is considered a delicacy.  And an organization as esteemed as the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) insists that these now-unwanted horses must be laid to rest with more humane (i.e. not slaughter house) methods.  In their report “Frequently Asked Questions,” the AVMA says that there are more unwanted horses than non-profits can care for, and thus the AVMA should be allowed to carefully euthanize them!

 This is insane!  Now that supposed civilized nations no longer need horses for transportation or agriculture, or for killing by the millions as men rode them to fight in hundreds of wars, and now that they are no longer useful for gambling profits––the solution is to slaughter them for livestock feed, pet foods and Euro-Asian steak delicacies?  If there are any alert Christians left in the midst of this madness, one alternative, as we face the deaths of winter’s season in our wholesale Christian sweat shirts, is to intensely pray with the Apostle John, “Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus (Rev. 22: 20).”  It is time for God’s judgment to fall!

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