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Stories like this make me angry

Congress has shut down horse slaughterhouses. Now ranchers and farmers have no place to take unwanted or not needed livestock. So instead of them being put down they let them loose. Now we have starving animals wandering the countryside.

It's not just donkeys either. I have friends that have sold horses at auction only to find their previously empty trailer full of horses that someone dumped there. They couldn't afford to keep them anymore.

You'd think that in a time of economic woes that every opportunity for job growth would be sought after...

Farmers Abandoning Hundreds Of Donkeys Due To Severe Drought CBS Houston

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HOUSTON (AP) – With pastures withered from a lingering drought, farmers in Texas and northwest Louisiana have abandoned donkeys by the hundreds, turning them into wandering refugees that have severely tested animal rescue groups.

The nation’s biggest donkey rescue group says that since March 2011, it has taken in nearly 800 donkeys abandoned in Texas, where ranchers mainly used the animals to guard their herds. Many of the cattle and goats have been sold off, largely because of the drought and the nation’s economic slump, putting the donkeys out of a job.

And although the drought that began in late 2010 is over now, the flood of donkeys continues, said Mark Meyers, executive director of Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue.

“Last week I spent two days on the road and got 20 donkeys each day,” he said Wednesday. Since then, he’s had a call of about 12 more in the Midlands, Texas, area.

“Hay prices still haven’t come down. And what little grass is growing, people are going to save it for the animals that are going to make them money,” he said.

In the north Louisiana town of Athens, Keith Gantt, who rounds up loose livestock for the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office, says he has dozens of donkeys that he can’t give away. Some he’s had for two years.

“People just turn ‘em out on the highway. The sheriff’s department makes me go catch them and then I get stuck with them,” he said.

The donkey market has shriveled with the dried-up fields of Texas, where auction houses won’t take them.
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Stories like this make me angry

Congress has shut down horse slaughterhouses. Now ranchers and farmers have no place to take unwanted or not needed livestock. So instead of them being put down they let them loose. Now we have starving animals wandering the countryside.

It's not just donkeys either. I have friends that have sold horses at auction only to find their previously empty trailer full of horses that someone dumped there. They couldn't afford to keep them anymore.

You'd think that in a time of economic woes that every opportunity for job growth would be sought after...

Farmers Abandoning Hundreds Of Donkeys Due To Severe Drought CBS Houston
I don't really approve of butchering horses and donkeys, but you'd think that our-oh so generous government could at least supply some water and have the males gelded.

I get annoyed with officialdom's lack of imagination too. They're always looking for "green solutions," but never think of using grazers to move the grass in public space.
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What the hell is wrong with the moral compass of the owners?

How the **** is this the government's fault?

When/where I grew up, when you had an animal that needed put down, for whatever reason, you ****ing put it down! Then you dug a ****ing hole and put it in it!
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What the hell is wrong with the moral compass of the owners?

How the **** is this the government's fault?
Didn't you read the beginning?...

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When/where I grew up, when you had an animal that needed put down, for whatever reason, you ****ing put it down! Then you dug a ****ing hole and put it in it!
But what would you do if you had hundreds?...
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But what would you do if you had hundreds?...
You ****ing shoot them and hire a bulldozer!
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But what would you do if you had hundreds?...
Trust me some of these people bought extra meat market ready animals to make a little profit; now they are stuck.
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But what would you do if you had hundreds?...

Besides, they do not have hundreds each. It says "farmers," plural, have abandoned hundreds of donkeys.

Millions of dogs and cats are abandoned in the U.S. every year. Does that mean someone owns millions of dogs and cats that they no longer want?
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I don't really approve of butchering horses and donkeys, but you'd think that our-oh so generous government could at least supply some water and have the males gelded.

I get annoyed with officialdom's lack of imagination too. They're always looking for "green solutions," but never think of using grazers to move the grass in public space.
Why aren't the animal rights activists doing it? They pushed for these laws and now it's time to step up and take care of them.

You always treat your animals well, always. But there comes a time when they have outlived their usefulness or situations have changed and you no longer need them. Without mechanisms to keep that under control this is what happens.

Too many do gooders wanted farm animals treated like the family pet, they aren't a pet. They're a commodity. A donkey has no value if it can't be used to protect a heard, it can't be sold for glue, and it sure can't be eaten. So what is left?
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Why aren't the animal rights activists doing it? They pushed for these laws and now it's time to step up and take care of them.

You always treat your animals well, always. But there comes a time when they have outlived their usefulness or situations have changed and you no longer need them. Without mechanisms to keep that under control this is what happens.

Too many do gooders wanted farm animals treated like the family pet, they aren't a pet. They're a commodity. A donkey has no value if it can't be used to protect a heard, it can't be sold for glue, and it sure can't be eaten. So what is left?
Agree!

While I view them as a bit more than a commodity, because they are living things - I essentially agree with you. The laws as they are make it extremely difficult to be humane with stock once you are in a position to no longer be able to keep them.
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You mean like this animal rights activist?

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And although the drought that began in late 2010 is over now, the flood of donkeys continues, said Mark Meyers, executive director of Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue.

“Last week I spent two days on the road and got 20 donkeys each day,” he said Wednesday. Since then, he’s had a call of about 12 more in the Midlands, Texas, area.
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