Never mind the donors! I personally spend an enormous amount of my personal time researching, rescuing and caring for horses rescued from slaughter. If slaughter is no longer a threat then I would prefer to go back to the life I had before rescuing horses consumed my personal life! So subtract my 8 stalls from the 33,000 stalls in the United States. I am out. I will take up new hobbies, perhaps buy a boat and travel leisurely.
Without a strategy in place to manage unwanted horses, I fear that the killbuyers will outsmart us again. If the SAFE Act does pass, I predict that the horses will continue to ship over the borders. However, instead of shipping to slaughter, they will ship to auctions and the price of horse meat will increase to offset the additional documentation fees.
It could be possible that if the SAFE ACT passes, the six major horse (meat) auctions will simply move across the borders. Horses will collect at dealer lots in the USA and be transported across the border to an auction first, then to slaughter. Remember we can’t control what other countries do. Having said this, I admit I certainly hope I am wrong.
Capitalism governs North America and opportunity plants the seed for business to sprout, grow and flourish. Go put your finger over the garden hose and think about it. We need to address the growing number of unwanted horses and influence the flow of horses to auctions.