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Animals  (tags: horses, unwanted, overbreeding, horse welfare, hay prices, recession )

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Prices are plummeting in an oversaturated equine market, people are neglecting or abandoning their horses at a higher rate and more ranchers are trading in four legs for four wheels. Hay prices are through the roof and the economy is hurting.


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Laurie W (189)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 9:42 am
I understand the concept of thinking that four wheelers are cheaper , but horses are kinder to our enviroment.
Thanks Simone

Patricia C (96)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 10:49 am
This is heartbreaking. The thought of these people sending their horses, who trust them, to be slaughtered is just sickening. I understand that times are rough; there has to be a better way. This Jann Parker is a real gem; what cold-hearted comments in this article. Sadly noted Simone.

Sharon Jacobs-salinas (33)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 10:57 am
So, Jann Parker wants to bring back the slaughter house, does she? Well, the majority of the American public do NOT agree with her. Her business is booming and that's why she wants the slaughter houses opened back up in the United States; that way, when she purchases horses she doesn't have to pay for the inhumane, cruel 'transportation' cost of sending these beautiful, majestic horses across country [in deplorable conditions] then across the borders into Mexico and Canada for SLAUGHTERING. I'd like to take that shovel she so wants to 'turn' to build a slaughter house in the U.S. and knock her over the head with it; which is exactly the fate these horses face if she has her way; only she won't have to dole out the $$ for transporting them across the borders. What an arrogant, hateful, money-hungry B^#^H this one is! She disgusts me!

Peggy A (109)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 12:03 pm
I want the second hit with the shovel over Parker's head.What a mean,nasty,slime of a woman.She has no feelings for anything but her own bankroll.We will fight those horse slaughter houses forever.

Kitty Courtney (11)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 2:04 pm
If this is such a problem, why are "breeders" even in existence. Stop breeding horses, period. That should help with this "overpopulation". But, the reality is it's all about the money - I don't believe that there is a serious problem with too many horses and not enough people to care for them. We've been through this before in 2007 and the truth is that there is money in slaughtering horses. Period. End of story.

Maureen N (0)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 2:16 pm
Over the past two years there have been many stories of abandoned or starving horses in the news. When the economy is in trouble it always spells big trouble for animals. The shelters are overflowing with dogs and cats whose owners have surrendered them because they can no longer affort to feed them or because they have lost jobs and been forced out of their homes. There are not many sanctuaries for horses so often they are just left behind. I hate the slaughter houses and will never accept them a form of birth control.

Frank Mancuso (44)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 2:39 pm
And GE gives us cancer so it can profit on its ct scans. What kind of people dare profit on pain and suffering?

Eric Gilmartin (361)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 2:45 pm
Slaughtering these gorgeous beasts is not an acceptable solution to this problem. How can we continue to prize these symbols of Americana (horses, bald eagles, condors, and yes, even wolves), busily destroying them all the while...? There are so many areas of the country where horses could live freely and should be doing so.

susan w (13)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 4:22 pm
if people can't afford a horse don't buy one...slaughter houses are not the answer...people need to stop breeding horses and take care of the ones we have....there are lots of horses that need good homes...adopt a horse...i wish i could

. (0)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 7:09 pm
Such lovely creatures. And such a sad situation.

gail dair (0)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 11:13 pm
noted thankyou

Alexa R (319)
Thursday February 11, 2010, 7:01 am
I too hate the slaughter houses and will never accept them a form of birth control. Horses are "not presents just for Christmas, they are for life."

Annie J (205)
Thursday February 11, 2010, 7:12 am
"oversaturated equine market" herein lies the problem...horses are still being bred for shows and racing...stop breeding horses!!!!
damn, people can be so arrogant.............

Elaine Dixon (71)
Friday February 12, 2010, 1:09 pm
interesting story,

Cheree M (46)
Friday February 12, 2010, 1:20 pm
Sadly noted.
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