Lies, Damn Lies, Statistics, and Horse Slaughter…

This article was linked to in one of the comments on Equine Ink, but I think it covers such an important topic that I’m reblogging it here. I had no idea that 70% of the horses who end up at slaughter houses are Quarter Horses. Certainly, I’m aware of the risks run by Thoroughbreds who are no longer racing, and the sad prospects of horses who are given away for free or short money on places like Craig’s List.
Sadly, the horses who are at the most risk are the ones who are healthy, young and unmanageable. The slaughter houses don’t want horses that are old, sick or very thin. Those are the horses that the pseudo rescues use to raise money, telling readers that their dollars are saving them from slaughter, when in fact, they are just opening up slots for other horses to get shipped in their place.

sara annon

  • “Lies, damned lies, and statistics” is a phrase describing the persuasive power of numbers,
  • particularly the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments.
  • It is also sometimes colloquially used to doubt statistics used to prove an opponent’s point.
  • from wikipedia

I added a few more links and updated this blog March 2014 because

  • “It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”
  • – Noël Coward

I have gotten engaged in talking about horse slaughter  because while anti-slaughter activists are portrayed as ignorant, irrational, sentimentalists that refuse to face facts, it turns out that it is actually the pro-slaughter advocates who have felt quite free to twist the facts to suit their purposes. Read the following link to find out how the AP responded when a reporter that has been published in Forbes Magazine, Newsweek, and the Huffington Post asked them to correct the…

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