I am pretty shocked myself but this article says it all. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/1130/Lifting-horse-slaughter-ban-Why-PETA-says-it-s-a-good-idea
The idea is that slaughtering these horses will cause them less suffering but horse meat is also significantly harmful to humans. I was planning on attending a protest of Ringling Bros. tomorrow for my birthday which is being sponsored by Peta but this makes me reconsider. There are amazing individuals within Peta but the organization is shady to me and I don’t know how much I should be associated with Peta. Just thought I should share.
I, of course, am against all this, however I understand what Newkirk is saying. Dunno if you guys just missed it, but it makes sense because they even state that the ban on horse slaughter actually didn’t do anything. Horses were still being sent to other countries for slaughter and the number of horses sent increased by over 30,000 during the ban. I believe she may be hoping that, at the very least, if they reopen the slaughter houses there may be -some- rules and regulations enforced, rather than the horses being sent to Mexico and glob knows what happens to them there and on their way there.
PETA does some questionable things sometimes that I don’t always necessarily agree with, but whatever they do they get publicity and make people talk, which is what these sort of issues need. Even if everyone agrees PETA’s nuts, they’re still -somewhat- talking about the issue and giving their opinion as well. Also, we all know that despite some of PETA’s choices they, with the help of all of us, do still get things done and make quite a difference.
I totally agree with what all you are saying. It’ll be an absolute show of hypocrisy when at one hand you are promoting Veganism which is a lifestyle with zero harm on animals and on other hand you are ok with such slaughter house. I have been following your previous posts supporting and promoting ban on horse slaughter so I can totally understand how bad you must be feeling about all this.
@JaskiranGulria I do not consider myself as a member of any one animal rights group and although I have many conflicting feelings with PETA, they do help animals. This article really upset me because I’ve taken my own efforts to contact several senators to oppose the opening of the slaughterhouses. If PETA is truly against cruelty, then they must be against slaughter.
Lifting horse slaughter ban is absolutely a horrid Idea. I do not care who all supports it but I am not part of that league. Its been 6 years I am part of PETA and I have had kinks in relationship with this organisation at certain point when I asked PETA representative that I want to use my street team points to get pet food and not other goodies. I am still part of this organisation because they support so many good cause which out weighs the difference I had earlier. But this article totally shook me. I really hope any of street team representative will come and validate this article to be baseless..!!