AMHA and horse slaughter
Other horse blogs are lit up with discussions on the new law authorizing funds for USDA inspection of horse slaughter facilities in the US. I don’t want to stir up needless controversy, but does AMHA have an official position on this, or are they considering one?
The APAHA (Arabian Prof and Amateur Horseman Assoc) has come out with a pro-slaughter statement. Not the best-reasoned statement, apparently.
My impression has been that the Morgan breed is small enough that when an instance of abuse/need of rescue arises, we try to take care of our own messes. In some parts of the country, however, rescues are overwhelmed and the argument goes that if slaughter houses could re-open, then a lot of the excess unwanted horses could be removed and the marketplace for the average horse would improve. (There are some fundamental flaws in that logic, but I am not going there right now).