AR-News: (US IL) Ten letters against the slaughter of Joe,
Animalara2003 at aol.com
Animalara2003 at aol.com
Wed May 19 16:53:24 EDT 2004
The Illinois Leader
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Trent Loos writes in his guest opinion "Out to greener pastures," May 18:
"Joe was my first working cow horse and he was awesome. I sold him when he
was 22 and every time I saddle up to work cattle I think about how much I miss
him. One of my fondest memories was returning home to a message on the
answering machine that my bull was out with a neighbor's cows.
I rode the 640-acre pasture, sorted the bull from 150 cow/calf pairs and
drove him a half-mile home within 45 minutes. Riding a horse that knows how, where
and when to work cattle is a feeling that is hard to describe but wonderful
I clearly recall my final months with Joe. I was reluctant to part company
with him. In the final year, I didn't dare saddle him because of the stiffness
in his legs. Age and dedication to his mission had taken their toll on him.
I finally bit the bullet and sold him for a whopping $280. (Apparently and
proudly to the slaughter plant)...Most importantly, no one is mandating how your
horse leaves this life so why should you tell me how mine should be allowed
So, let me see if I understand you, Mr. Loos. Joe was an awesome horse. You
loved him enough not to try to ride him the last year because he was too stiff
and sore. In addition, you acknowledge that he had worn himself out dedicating
himself to the mission of supporting you. Therefore, in gratitude, you sold
that poor, pain-filled horse for a "whopping $280" to a killer buyer.
Your horse got forced up a slippery metal ramp into the bowels of a
double-decker truck and had to crouch on stiff, pain-racked legs, crammed in with other
horses on a long, thirsty ride to a slaughter plant and off-loaded in agony.
Looking for you, he saw only strangers that forced him down a chute into a
box and left him swaying on those same, stiff legs until they shot a bolt into
his head enough times for him to fall down and wait to be hoisted by a leg and
have his throat slit.
The only thing I can say is that I'm sure glad you don't love me! Your
sentence about "Horses, like man, will die and death with a purpose gives full
meaning to life", scares me half to death. I'd hate to be your worn out mother,
grown old in dedication to my mission of raising you.
Carol M Chapman
I have been involved in thoroughbred racing over 30 years. I fully support
the ending of this torture to horses. Horses that have learned to trust and
depend on you and who run their heart out for you at the races.
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