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 see. I wasn’t aware that the SAFE act would stop the trading of horses to other countries. Now I have no clue why PETA wouldn’t be supporting that act instead of lifting the ban. Any street team representatives wanna chime in?
@tofumonster Thank you! I still do not understand. If their is a ban, horses will be sent overseas yes. But it’s not any better to add horses to the list of those slaughtered in the U.S. The SAFE act would effectively stop the slaughtering of horses in the U.S as well as trading horses to other countries. And if Peta doesn’t even support the ban, how can we make any process?
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.