Monday, 7 February 2011

A nation of animal lovers?

I was shocked to read in this weekend's 'Observer' about how7,933 horses, often healthy and often thoroughbreds at the end of their career in racing, were sent off for slaughter last year to feed the demand for meat in countries that still have horse on their menus.  This is absolutely outrageous!

How can we as a nation that purports to love animals so much, allow this type of behaviour to continue.  Surely a healthy animal has as much right to life as a healthy human and whilst I get the concept of survival of the fittest, I would also argue that we have a duty of care to those specie that we could (and sadly do) dominate.

'The Observer' points out that there has been a staggering increase in the number of foals being born to supply the racing industry - now hovering around the 19,000 plus mark.  Tighter regulation, including birth control, would seem to be an appropriate starting point.

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