Originally Posted by FrankZ
No matter what PETA says I disagree....
Me too. During the fuss about the Act of Parliament banning hunting-with-dogs (ie fox, stag, otter, etc., hunting with hounds) in the UK, Peta came up with the announcement that when the hunting ban became law they would then start working for a ban on the "cruelty" of riding (and, presumably, driving) horses. Howls of derision from horse owners all over the land because, as one of my colleagues said, our horses live better than we do - 3 meals a day, comfy beds, big fields to graze and socialise with other horses, often as little as an hour's work a day, expensive medical care, faithful servants.....
What Peta didn't say was what would happen to the thousands of horses kept as hobby animals and pets in the UK when their owners were no longer allowed to keep them and the specialist equine vets, and the farriers, and the saddlers and to the equipment makers and the farmers who produce horse feeds, hay and bedding, the riding instructors, etc., etc., who would go out of business and throw their workforce on the scrap heap if this went ahead. Because, sure as hell, Peta wouldn't let us eat our horses. (Facetious statement - I don't mean that I would!).
Furthermore if organisations like Peta succeed in stopping the raising of animals for food what will happen to the animals and as important, if not more so, where will the fertilisers come from to grow all the vegetable matter to make our food since a lot of it still comes from animal sources? The muck heap from the stables where I keep the Wonder Horse has to cope with the waste products of over 100 horses and most of it goes free to local farms and smallholdigs.
Sorry, off topic rant over.