Oh, how we at NEDDI agree with this letter recently published in the CARLISLE NEWS & star. It refers to a statement made by an Animal Refuge stating that they have no issue with horse meat trade if carried out under proper conditions.
The lady wrote:
“As the wife of a now retired farmer, we sent our animals to market – they had been reared under herd conditions, fed and cared for properly and did not have to endure long journeys before arriving at the slaughterhouse. If equines are treated in exactly the same manner, who are we to say this is wrong?
Meat eating is not illegal but we should give the animals we do eat respect.
The objection must be to animals that have been personalised, treated as individuals, and used probably for many years and are only being discarded due to age, infirmity or lack of money, being sent to markets to be bought by meat men.
These poor animals have normally never known any unkindness and must wonder what on earth is happening to them at what is shortly to be the end of their lives.
It is widely recognised that EU regulations regarding animal transport to slaughter are not adhered to on the Continent.
The conditions under which some animals are transported are quite sickening.
It is THIS that we, and the Animal Refuge, and many others ,( including NEDDI,) wish to see stopped.
Meat on the Hook, not the Hoof, is what we want – no matter what the meat is! By giving the plight of the French equines some publicity, the European transport conditions are also being highlighted.”
We at NEDDI support her opinion totally. Animals have the right to a decent life, in suitable conditions and without pain or fear. What happens to them once they are no longer alive is not important, or certainly not to them. It is incomprehensible that meat dealers will not accept “Meat on the Hook, not the Hoof”. From their point of view it must be much easier and more profitable to be able to slaughter the animals locally to where they are reared and then transport them on the hook . Many, many more animals fit in each lorry and this system avoids arriving at the the destination only to find half your “stock” has died on the way and is useless. Any meat dealers like to explain, please?
And from our point of view, and indeed the animals’, the distress & misery of lengthy journeys in appalling conditions is avoided.