Sample Agricultural Studies Research Paper on Horse Slaughter

Horse Slaughter

Question 1: Why we should slaughter horses

Those who propose and argue for horse slaughter have mentioned the issue of disposing off the diseased, unwanted and old horses. According to Jerry Finch (2012) in his article titled the Horse Slaughter Arguments, there has been a rise in the cases of horses being neglected and abused because they are either unwanted by their owners, diseased or old. When a person who owns a horse is faced with such predicament, they end up portraying chaotic scenarios such as starving the horse to death or realizing them to look after themselves deep in the wild. This happens because of lack of slaughter plants in the nation that the farmers or such individuals can take their animals as a solution.

Another argument that has been made is the fact that there are no legislations set by the federal government to ban shipping of horses for slaughter in other nations. It means that the government has done nothing to protect the animals from slaughter thus banning it in the nation is a waste of time. There are only three states (Texas, Illinois and California) in the US which has explicitly banned horse slaughter practice especially those shipped (Finch, 2012).

Question 2:  Why horses should not be slaughtered

In regards to issue of not slaughtering horses, some of the arguments that have been made by various authors are about the safety of the meat. According to Bershadker (2014) in his article titled Time to Retire Horse Slaughter for Good, horsemeat is not healthy for human consumption because of the numerous toxic substances that are administered on the animal before it is slaughtered. On the other hand, the animal is being raised for different purposes and not for food-production. There has never been a system in the US where veterinary and medication treatment of the horses has been tracked. It is therefore impossible to guarantee that the meat is safe.

Another issue that has been raised by those opposed to horse slaughter is the idea that the horses have a right to live. Many of the animals that are being slaughtered are healthy and young and have a potential to live a life that is productive (Bershadker, 2014). In case the current owner does not wish to keep the animal, they can decide to give it to another person who will show it love and care. This is an important argument that Bershadker has made in his article that those who are making claims regarding slaughtering of horses should take into account.

Question 3: What has happen to unwanted horses?

Since the closure of the horse slaughter plants in the US, many of the unwanted horses have been mistreated by their owners. Some of them have left them abandoned to die or taken them into the forest to take care of themselves (Finch, 2012). Bershadker found that some of the unwanted horses have been bought by new owners who take care of them. There are other individuals who have opted to take them to equine rescue for the animals to be taken care of by the institutions (Bershadker, 2014).

Question 4: Question to the author (Finch)

One question that Finch can be asked is which is the best way to dispose the horses that are unwanted to avoid mistreatment and slaughter? However, one question that Bershadker can be asked is, what should be done to extremely sick horses? Should they be killed or left to die alone?

Question 5: Critique of the articles

 Finch hypothesis and conclusion are right because the issue regarding horse slaughter has raised several arguments which the government needs to look into especially the reasons behind an increase in horse shipments and the unwanted horses. Based on the study he conducted, he found that most of the horses that were being slaughtered were healthy and not sick or old. It is therefore not a valid point to make any concerns regarding animal slaughter, though the issue regarding the unwanted animals needs to be looked into by the government.

 Bershadker hypothesis and conclusions in regards to not slaughtering horses are right. It answers the question regarding the right to live which every living thing needs. The issue of eating meat that is not healthy should be a reason enough to prevent people from slaughtering horses.

Based on the information that has been gathered, it is not humanely to slaughter unwanted horse because the slaughter process is painful to the animals. Finch found that horse slaughter is different from other animal slaughter because most of the times the animal remains alive feeling all the pain. In this effect, it is important to keep the slaughter ban in effect.


Bershadker, M. (2014, Jan 21). Time to retire horse slaughter for good. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from

Finch, JM. (2011, May 9). The horse slaughter arguments. Retrieved from