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Probe ordered into 'industrial scale ' slaughter of Australian racehorses

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Use them in racing to make money from and then kill them when they get a few seconds slower (and make a last bit of money on their meat). Sounds like animals killing animals...

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Why is this a problem? The horses are the property of their owners, to do with (or dispose of) as they choose. As long as there was no cruelty involved, it is nobody's business what happened to them.

If animal rights people want to complain, then THEY can raise funds and buy the horses from the owners. Otherwise, they can shut up.

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Why is this a problem? The horses are the property of their owners, 

The idea that animals are nothing more than ‘property’ is a problem, to start with.

As long as there was no cruelty involved,....

Secretly filmed footage allegedly showed workers at an abattoir north of Brisbane beating and abusing horses, 

Read before commenting.

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In that case, the cruelty is the issue, not the ownership. People can dispose of their property as they please, within reason.

If animals aren't property, what are they?

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AttilathehungryToday 02:27 pm JST

Why is this a problem? The horses are the property of their owners, to do with (or dispose of) as they choose. As long as there was no cruelty involved, it is nobody's business what happened to them.

True the owners do have the right to do what they like as long as no cruelty is involved, the issue is the racing industry has always said retired race horses were put out to paddock after retirement.

If animal rights people want to complain, then THEY can raise funds and buy the horses from the owners. Otherwise, they can shut up.

This is a good idea, animal rights activists like cause a ruckus but they should be putting up and ensuring these horses are in fact being retired in a paddock not an abattoir.

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Reading the above, a horse might be property but its property you are responsible for from cradle to the grave. If my property was beaten abused my reaction would not be Shogani next.

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This comes pretty soon after one of Australia's leading horse trainers (a Melbourne Cup winner, no less) was found using a jigger, an electric prod, to get his horses to work harder. Mistreatment of horses seems to be more frequent than was generally realized, certainly more common than anyone admitted. Australia's anti-animal cruelty laws are probably as strict as any other countries where horse racing is popular, so don't just assume it only happens in Oz.

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Basashi is a Kumamoto delicacy and one of the few meats I eat. A visit to our local wholesale market showed that most basashi is imported from Canada - but likely doesn't originate there. Feral horses culled on the American plains are prohibited from being slaughtered but not from being exported alive to Canada, where no such prohibition exists. There, they are rendered and shipped to Japan. Value judgements regarding meat consumption differ. I just hope no animal suffers undue cruelty in the process.

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I remember a similar story from Australia ( I’m not saying it’s only Australia ) about the treatment of retired racing dogs. For anyone in a country with greyhound racing which allows retired dogs to be adopted, you won’t find a better companion. Greyhounds are as sweet as they come.

As for horses, if you are in the business of making money from your racehorses, you should be obligated to take care of or find homes for these animals after they finish racing.

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I just hope no animal suffers undue cruelty in the process..

killing a animal is cruelty enough.

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They are lying because it would hurt business. The people who watch horse racing tend to be people who love horses, and if they knew they were being butchered for meat despite still being healthy and sound, there would be those who boycott.

I don't even want to differentiate between horses and other animals, (regardless of their intended purpose) but those horses were not raised and cared for to be meat animals. The employees of those greed bags often developed a bond with those horses and worked their guts out for their well-being and training. Those horses have names. And those horses worked hard to turn profits for the greed bags only to be executed when they are no longer so profitable.

If there is no better reason to put an end to this, its because letting greed bags treat their main worker this way means the human workers are next in line for horrific treatment.

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