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An End to Horse Breeding?

April 16, 2013 | Horses / Horse Carriages

April 15, 2013

As published in the NY Times

An End to Horse Breeding?

To the Editor:

Commendably, "A New Destination for Status-Symbol Horses in Spain: The Abattoir" (Chapineri­a Journal, April 11) makes the case for an end to horse breeding, which creates a path to the slaughterhouse. Why, after all, should human beings assign other animals worth or worthlessness?

Viewed as status symbols by some and dinner by others, bred into commercial existence for racing, equestrian pursuits, carriage rides or other frivolous entertainment, horses have long been vulnerable to unchallenged greed and manipulation. But this should be challenged at every turn.

Meanwhile, policies for free-roaming horses on public lands should ensure that horses be allowed to live free. We have dominated horses long enough; it's time to get off their backs.

New York Director
Friends of Animals
New York, April 11, 2013

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Excellent letter. The key words are: wild and free. If we could paste this on every animal species who fall under our designations for human worth only: "resource," "consumptive" "recreational," "medical," and even "aesthetic," we would move light years ahead. Hopefully,along with the horse, we'll get off the backs of the burro.

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