You are here: home   Issues   Problems In Paradise   You want pommes frites with that?

You want pommes frites with that?

Document Actions


I am sick to death of the pro-horse-slaughter people decrying the demise of the foreign-owned horse-slaughterhouses that provide horsemeat for human consumption in Europe and other locales (HCN, 4/30/07). The best argument that these people can rally is to point out the prohibitive cost of euthanizing an animal that is no longer useful, or keeping it until it dies a natural death. In isolated cases such as these, wouldn’t the cash-poor farmer or rancher just be better off shooting old Dobbin in the head? It sounds barbaric and cruel, but this is a quick and acceptable form of euthanasia. This method is commonly used in Britain, where veterinarians are some of the only licensed handgun possessors (specifically for euthanizing horses and cattle). A large-caliber handgun bullet costs approximately $3, so cost is no longer an issue. There is no “carcass that has been saturated with a toxic substance” left over.

And it is far more humane than subjecting a horse to the auction process, the long truck ride, and the final indignity of ending up on a Frenchman’s plate.

Serena Carlson
> Coeur d’Alene, Idaho >

Email Newsletter

The West in your Inbox

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! Follow our RSS feeds!
  1. Rancher vs BLM: a 20-year standoff ends with tense roundup |
  2. Photos of a standoff | Armed militia members join a Nevada rancher to pro...
  3. The energy haves and have-nots | Will rooftop solar owners get off the grid — and...
  4. Why homes are lost to wildfire | This Forest Service expert says it's as much a soc...
  5. The future of the Sacramento Delta hangs in the balance | But few Californians seem to grasp what is at stak...
  1. Why homes are lost to wildfire | This Forest Service expert says it's as much a soc...
  2. Photos of a standoff | Armed militia members join a Nevada rancher to pro...
  3. The energy haves and have-nots | Will rooftop solar owners get off the grid — and...
  4. Will the Colorado River reach the Gulf of California once more? | Photographs of last month's historic water pulses....
  5. Locals resist a Bakkenization of the Beartooths | South-central Montanans oppose new drilling, forew...
HCN Classifieds
Subscriber Alert
 
© 2014 High Country News, all rights reserved. | privacy policy | terms of use | powered by Plone