Article in the local paper that states that something around 15% of the entire animal control budget of snohomish county is currently being spent taking care of seized horses. This is a followup note to my blog "Horses -- the other red meat" that I wrote pointing out that outlawing the slaughter of horses in the US has made the plight of horses worse, not better.
Maybe we should just license all horses and use the fees generated to fund the rescues that regularly appear. As a non-horse owner, I don't see anything wrong with all horse owners chipping in to pay for their chosen animal. We do that for dogs and cats.
If we're going to consider horses pets and not livestock, then a licensing scheme based on the same sort of idea should be considered. Yes, we can bill the owner of the horses, but most of the time they're broke and you can't get blood from a stone.
19 hours ago