Together, we can make a difference
There is no doubt this post will piss some people off. So be it.
I have been a part of the anti-slaughter effort for a few years now. There are a few things I have learned, most importantly, we are on the right side of the issue. Horse slaughter should be ended. Full stop. The reasons are manifold, but the one argument I tend to focus on is that the horse is not born a food animal and is not regulated as a food animal.
OK, that being said I have learned something else too, the narrow-minded points of view of some of those in the anti-slaughter communities has created a fractured effort.
In Washington there is a bill, The SAFE Act, that is designed to end horse slaughter. Bravo to those supporting this bill.
Sadly there is also an element of the anti-slaughter movement which won’t support the bill. Should I repeat that for comprehension? Yes, there is a population among the anti-slaughter communities that do not support the bill.
The reasons for not supporting the bill appear three-fold:
1. it is poorly written (personally I like its simplicity)
2. it is unenforceable (really, I think we need law first, then figure out how to enforce the law)
3. Washington is so washed up in money that we have little chance of getting the bill passed.
OK, in principle I agree with the latter argument, but I do not agree that it means we should not support the bill.
I really wish there would be a way to bring the different factions of the anti-slaughter movement together. Together we are much stronger, fractured we are weak, the infighting is ridiculous.
Someone needs to take the lead, call all the players together, and lets get something done.
I address this issue, and of course many others, in my three part YouTube series, Horses: Sports, Culture, and Slaughter (a small plug here).