We spend a lot of money in Snohomish county seizing and then feeding up horses that are starved or otherwise maltreated. Thousands of dollars per horse; in recent cases, the cost-per-horse has exceeded $6,000. In a recent rescue, Snohomish county spent $115,000. Folks, we don't have that kind of money to burn.
So what happens to those horses? Well, lets look to see what random horses sold for on 3-30-2013 at the Toppenish Livestock Auction, in Toppenish WA.
$1 Horse auction 3-30-2013 from bruce king on Vimeo.
It's time that we either decided that horses are pets, and license them and treat them like we do cats and dogs -- hold them for a week or two, and put them down if they're not adopted, and if they're brought in injured and unclaimed, immediately put them down...
$40 horse auctioned 3-30-2013 from bruce king on Vimeo.
Or decide that they're livestock, and should be handled and treated as such, which includes a commercial market and slaughter.
$50 horse from bruce king on Vimeo.
Our half-assed approach to horses in this county means that we squander hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring a horse back into good condition, when the market value of the horse is $1. or $40. Or $50.
What's the alternative? How about we license horses. $100 a year a horse license fees. If you think $100 is steep, you haven't priced hay or grain.
Use the revenues to fund horse rescues and reimburse the county for costs associated with horses. If we end up with a surplus, devote that money to trails and improvements related to horses.
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