Horses most certainly are pets.The same tricks they pulled over horse slaughter. Now there are more suffering horses that are starving because of these idiots and thier feel good crap laws. If you want your bill specify DOG, K-9, NOT PET there are more idiots that will then want to argue that a horse, cow or pig is a pet and not livestock.
Just try buying meds and supplies for them versus cattle. I also have never seen someone throw a saddle on their 27 year old cow and share miles of trails with it.
Without horses throughout the many centuries helping man, we would be in trouble. Two million horses alone, died along side our soldiers in World War ll.
They have plowed our fields for crops and the family's survival, they have served in many wars and battles, they have carried us to the gold fields of California and Alaska. They have been our daily transportation.
They have carried the Pony Express through dangerous territory to deliver mail, they have brought the doctor out to treat the ill or delivering a baby, they have brought the milkman on his deliveries. They have entertained us through circuses, horseracing and horseshows.
And a horse thief was hung until dead, because stealing a man's horse could mean his life. I could go on forever.
Sending a horse to be slaughtered, is just about the cruelest thing a person can do. This is how we treat and repay horses after centuries of their help in just about everything we did and still do?
Prosecute the offenders who abuse their horses. If you can't care for them, just like any pet, then don't have one.
And again, just as the dog pounds and shelters are. They are full because of overbreeding. Stop the breeding! Be responsible! Animals are NOT disposable!
My two horses lived past 35 years old. They are now buried on my farm. I have others who will live out their lives and also be buried on this farm. They are fat and healthy because if I could not care for them properly, I would not have them in the first place.
It's like having children. If you can't take care of them, feed them properly, and give them attention, then you shouldn't have any.
To punish the horse, or the child, just because the person is irresponsible, is insane. Punish that person for wrongdoing, not the innocent.
Final note. Stealing horses out of someone's barn or pastures, to sell to slaughter houses in the past, has claimed thousands upon thousands of horses across the nation. The owners hearts broken while some good-for-nothing makes off with the horses for a quick profit.