The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, making its way from the U.S. House to the Senate, could leave thousands of horses with no final resting ground. Composting may be an environmentally friendly option that fits in the 'circle of life' frame of mind and may be less emotional, two area researchers said.
Channeling Lee Hays:
If I should die before I wake
all my bone and sinew take.
Put me in the compost pile
and decompose me for a while.
Worms, water, wind will have their way
returning me to common clay.
All that I am will feed the trees
and little fishies in the seas.
When radishes and corn you munch
you could be having me or lunch!
And then excrete with a grin
chortling there goes Lee again.
You made my day.
Please Don't Bury Me
By John Prine
Woke up this morning.
Put on my slippers.
Walked in the kitchen and died.
And oh what a feeling!
When my soul went thru the ceiling.
And on up into heaven I did ride.
When I got there they did say John it happened this way.
You slipped upon the floor and hit your head.
And all the angels say, just before you passed away, these were the very last words that you said.
Please don't bury me, down in that cold cold ground.
No, I'd druther have em' cut me up and pass me all around.
Throw my brain in a hurricane and the blind can have my eyes.
and the deaf can take both of my ears if they don't mind the size.
Give my stomach to Milwaukee if they run out of beer
Put my socks in a cedar box just get em' out of here
Venus de Milo can have my arms look out! I've got your nose.
Sell my heart to the junkman and give my love to Rose
Give my feet to the footloose careless, fancy free.
Give my knees to the needy don't pull that stuff on me.
Hand me down my walking cane it's a sin to tell a lie.
Send my mouth way down south and kiss my ass goodbye.
Thank you so much for this post. I have signed petitions and called my representatives; posted articles on the OAC blog and done whatever I could to see to it that the Senate joins the House in making sure this bill is passed.
Yes, the composting is a very viable option and far preferable to the inhumane slaughter that goes on in the rendering plants. Bear in mind that many of the horses are not old, sick or decrepit. Some are pets that have been stolen and left families bereft. Others are young wild horses that could be adopted out.
All attention that is brought to this pending bill is appreciated.
So Bora -- are you a vegetarian? I'm not. I ate a lot of horsemeat back when it was possible to buy it in this country. I don't think it is necessarily cruel to kill animals for food. And I'd be glad to buy horsemeat again, if I could. People like this are why I can't.
Or is it, possibly, that like many horse people, you tend to feel that your chosen animal species shouldn't be treated that way? (Whatever way you wouldn't treat them.)
Given that dogs and cats have to eat something, and lots of people have dogs and cats, why is it wrong to feed them, at least, the excess horses?
No, I am not a vegetarian and I have eaten horse meat although I love horses. The issue is much more complicated, including overproduction of poorly bred horses to begin with and a disorganized market which prevents many decent horses from leaving the racetrack and getting into the hands of people who can retrain them for other sports or for pleasure riding. I have only posted the link with no commentary because I wanted to see what others think about this bill.