Readers Weigh in on Low-Cost Euthanasia Clinics

More than 2,370 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you think low-cost equine euthanasia clinics should be widely available?"

results of poll on low-cost euthanasia

Results were as follows: 
  • Yes: 89.08% (2,112)
  • No: 5.69% (135)
  • I don't know: 5.23% (124)

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  • sometimes people cant afford to have ahorse put down
  • when it is time and cost is a factor
  • As long as healthy horses aren't euthanized for the convenience of the owner.
  • Rather one should have lower cost equine euthanasia at all times. Or, use a more economical method
  • This is a viable option for those who can't afford a vet or renderer
  • many horses are left to suffer unneccesarily when the owners are not able to afford euthansia.
  • but the vet should always give a tranquilizer first as it greatly improves the process and costs lit
  • If the slaughter plants are closes, there has to be other options for protection of the horses
  • to end the suffering
  • I have learned the big problem is finding what to do with the body!
  • I think people need to have a reality check. Nothing can live forever. It comes down to quality of
  • yes, low cost & no cost & disposal
  • the risk of inhumane euthanasia is too high
  • This would prevent the suffering of many horses whose owners do not have endless financial resources
  • With rising costs many owners cannot care for horses and no one else will take them..cruel to starve
  • Any help for unwantted horses is needed. Horses are starving becauood owners can't afford to feed.
  • I personally feel that to have to make that decision is hard enough
  • This is a far better alternative to starvation
  • A bad option, but better than letting a horse suffer
  • It might make it too easy.
  • not for breeders or the financially able tht just can't selthem because of market conditions
  • poeple need an out when they can't afford to keep them, and don't want to send them to an auction
  • Equine vets can handle euthanasia like small animal vets. It must be justified though.
  • It would save much suffering
  • because of cost, horses are left dying painfully, when a quick procedure would be best for the horse
  • depending on what method they use for euthanasia
  • humane euthanasia should never be done without the presence of a licensed vet
  • body disposal???
  • yes, and let's have the breed associations fund it with a fee for each new registration.
  • Too many people are going to abuse it.
  • euthanasia, not slaughter plants
  • The anit-salughter bill was the worst thing for horses.
  • A quick death is better than one slowed by starvation or lack of care.
  • However, if euthanasia due to abuse/mistreatment, person not allowed to own another horse
  • Horses have gotten so cheap people in my area wouldn't spen the gas to take to vet just let die
  • No one likes to see a horse put down. I think we need to do it in a humane manner.
  • It is still outrageous to have to poison horses just because they are horses instead of using the me
  • I belive horses should be given the chance to die with dignity. It is the least we can do for them.
  • This is a double-edged sword. I'd rather hear of a horse put down then starving to death.
  • It is painful enough to lose the horse, let alone to pay for a dead horse
  • If available, maybe people wouldn't turn loose or let those equines suffer that need to be put down
  • Especially in areas where there are large horse populations.
  • Tho an unpleasant prospect, it beats abandonment into starvation or other slow painful deaths
  • but only for horses that can't be saved; not used to just get rid of an unwanted horse
  • It's better than slaughter.
  • For those who don't have another means of ending a life. Thankfully we can still dispose ourselves
  • There is an obvious need; euthanasia is more humane than slaughter.
  • Too many can't afford the cost of euthanasia and disposal - this is a good idea
  • far better to die humanely than at the killers' hands
  • I love horses but also agree there is to many horses in rescue that should be euthanized.
  • COUNTIES SHOULD PROVIDE EUTHANASIA AND BURIAL AT LANDFILLS.WILLING TO PAY MORE TAX FOR SERVICE.
  • Also low cost cremation. No tallow company or dump for faithful pals.
  • It costs $300 here to put fown and dispose of horses.
  • Every horse deserves a peaceful end.
  • Ranchers all know the most cost effective method ......
  • In order to provide a humane,dignified death for horses instead of the slaughter house .
  • As the economy gets worse and it will, people will be forced to do the unthinkable! Help for the own
  • white horses
  • Absolutely. This service shold be provided in the same ways it is offered fo small companion animals
  • not thru rescues! NorCal sell valuable horses & kill others while adding to record # of rescued"
  • Not Widely available. That would only encourage more irresponsible breeding.
  • better than to let or allow suffering
  • We have few horse vets in this area and most will not euthanis a healthy horse.
  • Humane euthanasia NOT slaughter!
  • People should reconsider breeding their horses; overpopulation & lack of competent potential owners
  • right now there is no other humane treatment available
  • it is better than suffering and starvation becuase owners can't afford their horse anymore
  • only because he may be more humane then transporting horses to slaughter houses which is tragic
  • there needs to be an alternative to brutal slaughter.
  • No, slaughter facilities
  • We had no problem with this until ignorant people got involved.
  • Local vets should provide low cost help with euthanasia of unwanted or unhealthy horses.
  • Because many people cannot afford this, some horses spend their end-lives in pain and/or starvation.
  • I've had to put many animals down, but my last experience was the worst, I don't think I can rec. it
  • with the qualification that the need for euthanasia be evaluated case by case
  • I think they should re-open the "killer-plants" and make use of the animals instead of just killing
  • Somany unwanted or unaffordable horses are left in fields to wither away to eat droughted grass. If
  • Without the availability of slaughter houses we need to be able to humanely put down unwanted horses
  • I'd rather shot them &use ther meat.
  • This alternative should be mandated by Fed and State law.
  • these clinics would be better than any alternative
  • open the slaughter houses and we wouldn't have to waste good flesh that could be feeding the hungry
  • There should be a more affordable way to euthanize horses to eliminate the mistreatment of them.
  • There has to be a low cost alternative otherwise more will starve to death.
  • In this economy it is better they be euthanized than starved to death if owners can't feed them.
  • It would help a lot of owners who have an ailing horse be able to end thier suffering in a humanely
  • Especially now that we no longer have slaughter facilities
  • euthanasia is a more humane and more responsible way to take care of "unwanted" horses
  • absolutely not- would make it too easy
  • I think we should have horse slaughter houses
  • it's a lot better than allowing them to starve or run free
  • There would be less suffering if an owner could pay $25 instead of $100+disposal.
  • i had a good vet and thought only they could do it
  • There is always hope;a horse shouldn't have to be denied living because of a lack of $ from an owner
  • In extreme cases of need, screened for neglect we might be able to end some suffering, abusable
  • yes i am tired of trying to save my neighbors horses from starving-i would pay their euth fee
  • Many people keep a horse that needs to be euthanized just because they cannot afford the cost of eut
  • could lessen need for slaughter facilities - but don't look at it as a replacement.
  • the unfortunate does happen and I wouldn't want one of my horses to suffer longer than it really has
  • Vote yes. Painless death is humane where as starving and slaughter is torture!
  • It will end a suffering that would otherwise be there and if they adopt some horses all the better.
  • Wouldn't that be great if this was an available option everywhere thru a national agreement of vets
  • Definitely yes. Too much suffering going on now without the slaughter houses.
  • NO WAY, people would use them like abortion clinics, kill off that horse and buy a new one!
  • Please - we need some option, other than starvation and neglect!
  • This could be the answer to Humane Harvesting Facilities in every state. An excellent solution.
  • Horses can not be left to suffer, low cost euthanasia os an alternative to slaughter for food.
  • Horses suffer when care can't be provided. Low-cost euthanasia is a better alternative than sufferin
  • I think it will only promote potential abuse.
  • It would save hundreds of horses from suffering from inproper care, and abuse.
  • Guns are available for those so disposed to kill their animals rather than take care of them.
  • If someone has a horse that needs to be put down because of a medical condition, I think that they a
  • There are so many horses that need to be euthanised but the owner can't afford it
  • We have an overbundance of all animals and unwanted animals should not have to suffer from costs
  • u have people out there trying to put them down an messing up bad & the animal suffers, its not fair
  • absolutely!
  • It is one way to stop horses from being sent to slaughter.
  • However, controlled slaughter houses would be better - horses are livestock - remember!
  • In NW FL people lead them into the woods and shoot them. Can't afford other options.
  • maybe more horses would suffer less if owners had such an option - better to end life than to suffer
  • Sad but true - better a humane end to suffer than a slaughter yard or continued suffering
  • We certainly need an alternative to starvation.
  • It is sad t think of any animal being euthanized but often the alternative is much worse.
  • the price of fuel & hay has made many people unable to support them
  • Open slaughter houses after insuring humane, enforceable laws
  • The cost of euthanasia should be the responsibility of the owner, but some may need assistance
  • And for small animals too!!!
  • Would need specific criteria and regulations in place.
  • yes, yes, yes
  • This may stop some from taking a horse to auction because they don't want to spend the money to have
  • I would rather euthanasia than animals being abandoned in the desert to die of thirst or starvation.
  • I would rather see this than horses abandoned in the desert to die of thirst or starvation.
  • disposal also..may save some horses from starving....or better yet bring back humane slaughter in US
  • It is more cruel to let the horse suffer. It's not morally right but better than a slow death.
  • Horses shouldn't have to suffer because the owners can't or won't spend the money to put them down.
  • Why not? We have it for our small pets. I want to know there's someone to help my horses when needed
  • Sadly if they can't be adopted, this would be better than starvation.
  • It would save a lot of pain for animal and owner.
  • For only the horsse that really need to be put down!
  • With slaughter being unavailable, there needs to be an option for those with no other options.
  • Linked to rescue for placeable horses.
  • Absolutly! The cost in my area So Cal is about $300.00 now including hauloff.
  • yes. cost of disposal is more than vet cost here in minn.eveyones gotta make a buck - sick world
  • a humane option for ailing horse
  • It is the responsible way to end a life, rather than sending a horse to the torture of slaughter.
  • Absolutely! The California model is excellent!
  • So many people I know iare keepimg unhealthy horse low-cost equine euthansia were widely available.
  • BUT I also think only people who can afford to care provide care their whole lives should have them.
  • So that the owner can do the right thing when the time comes.
  • We ought to have the option of packing houses for horses that are unwanted. They paid for the horse.
  • The cost is $100-$200 now..a drop in the bucket compared to hay prices.
  • I just had to euthanise my 1 yr old Arabian and it cost 431.00
  • Current economic situation merits this. People no longer can care for their horses.
  • This option is critical to keep horses from painful slaughter.
  • It might keep horses owned by people who don't care from starving to death...
  • yes but only if the euthanasia is really necessary and not used just to get rid of unwanted horses
  • more humane than slaughter
  • It is the only humane solution since slalughter is no longer an option. Make anti-slaughter fans pay
  • Money should not be an issue in this decision. Horse welfare should be.
  • With high feed prices,etc. some owners have terrible choices to make. consider the horses
  • If it will save horses from being abused or going to slaughter, DEFINITELY!
  • Euthanasia is a painless way for abused and neglected horses who can't find good homes.
  • with the option to turn adoptable animals over to rescues
  • needs to be VERY low-cost!
  • I feel it would keep down the amount of starved, crippled and unwanted horses.
  • Euthanasia is far more humane than needlessly prolonging a neglected horse's suffering.
  • People who don't know what to do when faced with losing a horse. Some are abandoning them . This wou
  • It is much better to have a horse euthanized or adopted than left to starve.
  • this is a no brainer with the overpopulatin of horses and irresponsible owners and breeders
  • Poor economy, costs of care, and filled rescues. These clinics are very necessary.
  • To Many older unsound horse could have a happier ending
  • But possibly even more important is reasonable carcass disposal options.
  • No affordable options are available...
  • It would cut down on numbers of horses starving to death in pastures due to slaughter house closure.
  • Better yet open up slaughter on horses so you can bring them to local places and have it done humane
  • Depending on the health of the horse and if they are ridable. Good health should not be euthanized j
  • For horses that have no other options and the vet is in agreement that euthanasing is the best thing
  • Have very mixed feelings about this.
  • Guidelines are needed
  • Also horse slaughter should be legalized because the INHUMANE way it's done in Mexico is BARBARIC
  • It is hard enough to lose your best friend--and then have a huge vet bill to deal with . . .
  • Since people suck, we need these clinics for the sake of the horses.
  • need more info
  • not only low cost euthanasia but also carcass disposal too
  • I WOULD RATHER SEE AN ANIMAL PUT DOWN "THE" STAVE TO DEATH!!!!
  • It is far better to have a human alternative than to promt suffering
  • maybe we could eliminate some of the abuse if low cost euthanasia were available
  • a necessart evil....not enough money or facilities to care for all unwanted horses.
  • yes, its better than a slow, painful death by neglect and starvation!
  • Better then the alternative shipping to Mexico
  • what else can we do with older unwanted horses? Can't even sell them for dog food anymore.
  • Absolutely! Too many horses are suffering because owner's can't affoird euthanasia and disposal
  • It certainly beats letting horses die of neglect or other forms of cruelty!
  • You gotta be kidding?
  • No, because there would be too many good horses being put down due to laziness, indifference
  • yes, but the ones that aren't feeding & neglecting won't do it to end the suffering
  • However, the companion problem for many is how to dispose of the carcase.
  • Also disposal.
  • IF MONITORED SO THAT IT IS REALLY NECESSARY AND NOT BEING DONE FOR AN OWNERS CONVIENANCE
  • For the well-being of the horses
  • SICK AND UNADOPTABLE HORSES ONLY
  • Somethig has to be done for these poor animals that aren't wanted since slaughter has been banned.
  • with the overpopulation of unwanted horses, the dumped ones, neglected, Vets, or some intervention
  • No Way!
  • If a horse owner can not afford to feed their horses than how can they afford the cost of euthanasia
  • Many folks let their aging or very ill horses live in pain because they cannot afford to euthanize.
  • It is the kindest thing to do instead of pain and starving
  • This is a key factor in making sale by auction to killer buyers less attractive.
  • help these poor older or injured animals
  • It should be just as available as it is for our dogs & cats when they are too old or in pain.
  • I am so split on this, it really hurts to see horses suffer. But when it is needed yes.
  • Yes, if it would replace slaughtering but adoptions should be 1st.
  • It's inhuman for horses to suffer unnecessarily.
  • This might just save some horses from the feedlots and slaughter houses
  • too many horses suffering out there because of the cost of euthanasia
  • Suffering, starving should not be the end for a horse whose owners run out of resources.
  • if we could get rid of unwanted horse it may save the horse market
  • Much more humane than letting unwanted horses starve!
  • owners would be less likely to allow horses to suffer or to send them to killer sales
  • It is a much more benign and responsible alternative than the mexican slaughterhouses.
  • I believe some horses are left to suffer until death because owners do not have the money
  • Please get this started ASAP!!
  • We need clearing houses around the country where horses can go to be assessed and put down if necess
  • Human euthanasia should be a decision based on economics.
  • It is a humane answer to a growing problem.
  • absolutely better than slaughter, wish it didn't have to be an option but is nec.
  • With the ban of slaughter, some people have no recourse
  • Only if humane treatment is strictly enforced
  • as distasteful as euthanasia of an unwanted animal is, the alternatives can be far, far worse for t
  • If we have put the skids on slaughter - what other reasonable choice is there?
  • Would offer opportunties to educate owners as well as proved a good end for suffering horses.
  • Also, there should be discounts for the disposal. Maybe do both in one central location.
  • Given the time and expense of the procedure most practitioners already discount this service.
  • Need companies for the removal of the body also
  • It's much better than watching them starve to death.
  • I should be available now the the slaughter houses are closed. Less would be left to starve.
  • it's a more humane alternative than Mexican slaughterhouses!!
  • it would save a lot of suffering, and hopefully prevent some abuse from happening
  • a horse shouldn't suffer because it's owner can't afford to put it down
  • Clinics need to be very localized due to lack of transportation by some.
  • Absolutely, and vet must agree that this is best solution or horse goes to rescue facility or....?!
  • Give these horses a better way out than slaughter
  • Inexpensive euthanasia is not the issue for me- it is the dilema of removal of remains.
  • i have paid up to $300 to have a horse put down and it can cost up to $300 to have it disposed of
  • I just put down a pony :( and illegally burried him but not everyone has this option
  • If not able to be resusitated by a humane group humane euthanization is the right choice.
  • And the HSUS should foot all the bills!
  • so owners that can't afford their horses don't dump or neglet them
  • Many horses suffer longer than necessary due to cost of euthanasia and burial/disposal
  • These poor horses can't be left to suffer in death. We can be "humane" by letting them go.
  • There should always be another option
  • The option should be there!
  • Excellent option in the current economic environment
  • With the caveat that rescues will take in healthy animals.
  • I believe it to be a last resource; it's better than a slow death due to neglect or abandonment!
  • Only for obviously terminal or elderly cases.
  • I hope it would end suffering/abuse, maybe lead to saving some horses too
  • Euthanasia carried out only if a Vet prescribes.
  • Horse owners need to factor euthanasia plans (and costs) into their budget BEFORE buying a horse.
  • Yes, by captive bolt. . that and human slaughter houses for all animals.
  • Only under controlled circumstances. Horses should not be 'disposable' items.
  • If there can be a low cost clinic why can't our regular vets perform euthanasia inexpensively?
  • Euthanasia by lag bolt is painless, cheap, and humane.
  • It's the only solution for some horses and owners
  • Absolutely! As a horse lover, we '
  • This might help slow down negelect & starvation of older horses
  • and burial services
  • without slaughter houses we are overwhelmed with unwanted horses
  • WOuld improve the welfare of suffering animals
  • How better to honor those that serve us than to let them go with dignity
  • well we have to do something since we can't count on the Law ot Goverment to do the right thing !
  • This would help with the amount of hurting horses out there.
  • Its a zillion times more humane than slaughter and its better than the horse suffering in neglect
  • Makes it too easy for heartless owners to get rid of performance horses past their peak
  • Too many people let horses suffer as they can't afford treatment or to put the horse to sleep.
  • Its better than going to the killer.
  • Horses are 'dumped' in my area. Stables find new horses left in their barns in the morning.
  • This is one of the hardest issues for horse owners - Yes!!
  • euthanasia should should be used for non recoverable diseases and to limit their suffering
  • as a rescue operator, if people had an option, maybe horses wouldn't be left to starve
  • IT'S BETTER HORSES/ANY ANIMAL TO BE HUMANELY EUTHANIZED THAN STARVED OR NOT GIVEN MEDICAL CARE
  • You still have to dispose of the remains; sometimes that's another issue in itself!
  • yes, if slaughter ban stays,better than starving
  • end needless suffering
  • that is if the horse is crippled or so old that its losing weight and if there is no choice for some
  • It is better than abandoning them but some might be too quick to use it
  • Slaughter bans also need to be lifted.
  • There should be a humane way to put you big animals to rest, not everyone wants to shoot their own
  • More people would do the right thing if this option were available.
  • The alternative is worse - neglect and possible cruelty
  • as long as horses are treated with kindness & respect.Owners also
  • i think this is a horrible but necessary situation for owners that have no other options.
  • better to use euthanasia than people sending the horses to slaughter or just neglecting them
  • this would cut down on the number of neglected horses left out in pasture
  • In tough times people who cant sell or afford to keep the horse need a humane altermative.
  • Only for sick or injured horses, not because owners can't afford them. That's just plain killing!
  • What we really need is humane slaughter houses.
  • Yes
  • since HSPCA and Gov't are trying to limit my options
  • lower cost: certainly, clinics? No
  • Yes!! This would save a lot of horses from being starved or turned loose due to lack of money.
  • the meat needs to be used. Put it back into dog food. Our dogs are starving for nutrition
  • There is a hay shortage in our area, prices are up and horses are already being neglected
  • Hopely this will allow people to end the lives of horses with dignity.
  • It may be an incentive for an owner to do the right thing.
  • Absolutely! That would end the slaughter houses.
  • and they should reverse the decision to close the slaughter houses w/strict inspections
  • Vets are too greedy so start w-lowering euth cost and go from there.
  • More affordable options for horse owners could equal less neglect
  • Any shipping/starvation alternative needs to have consideration
  • Low costs may equal lower standards. Who is going to donate meds/time/disposal? You?
  • It is hard enough to do the right thing for your beloved horse without incurring great expense.
  • certainly is better than allowing suffering, or starvation and turning loose, etc.
  • infinitely better solution than turning a horse on public land to starve
  • it is a crime we don't help those in need
  • But should be closely regulated to insure that the guidelines are upheld and the option's not abused
  • without slaughter operations, this is a necessity
  • Euthanasia should only be used in necessary events, having them give owner's a chance to
  • A wonderful, kind option
  • absolutely.
  • A well-placed .22 slug is available, humane, and cheap already
  • Yes, but this needs to be regulated so abuses don't occur.
  • Each horse euthanasia should be an individualized decision.
  • For aged and/or physically/mentally infirm equines only.
  • Vet and disposal costs are more than many people can afford today.
  • Since the Fed. made slaughter illegal they should pay for euthanasia and disposal of unwanted horses
  • Horses are being turned out onto the highways,or left in pastures to starve and die.
  • I think careful measures would need to be made to make sure that its not abused.
  • Vet supervised for people who can't afford it under normal prices
  • Much better to euthanize than send to an auction!!!
  • What a sad reflection of our economy, but far more humane than the alternatives.
  • But only for terminally ill horses, Not becasue people can't afford them anymore!
  • but with strict controls to validate ownership and authority to euthanize
  • Yes, I think it would stop a lot of horses facing the stress of transportation to slaughterhouses an
  • I think it would make it too easy to just get rid of unwanted horses instead of finding a good home
  • A quality of life deemed merciful.
  • But only for the very old and ill as a humane resource
  • And only used by Veternarian "REFERAL". Hopefully this would elimate abuse by the public!
  • It also takes the planning out of it - many people can't cope with the emotions, so wait too long.
  • It is the only humane approach. In this economy a lot of horses will be starving to death.
  • I think you should reopen the slaugher houses!!!
  • Only for those that "need" to be put down...sick or too old and health failing.
  • Australia should have them as so many people here have them slaughtered which is barbaric & cruel.
  • I think this is just so much more humane than the alternatives. Sad, but humane.
  • when faced with the economic loss of a horse the cost of euthanasia just adds to the stress
  • As much as I love horses, available euthanasia of some type is necessary.
  • Much kinder than leaving horses to starve to death.
  • it would help control the unwanted and ailing and aging horse population
  • It would help so much with older or sick horses that would require expensive vet bills.
  • Yes - even though what's the difference between slaughter and euthanasia? Slaughter = meat at least
  • Yes, sadly, very sadly, yes
  • Only if it is the only option for the horse, not just owner conv.
  • sad but with slaughter banned this is needed
  • it would be better then letting an animal suffer before dieing
  • Betterto put them down then basically throw them away
  • slaughter houses are a necessary evil.All domesticated animals suffer the abuse, neglect, and irresp
  • As much as I hate to say yes., it is better than haviing these horse going to Mexico and being stabb
  • It's the ONLY way out of the current dilemma.
  • I honestly think that is an easy way out. There should be other options available.
  • very much! it would help stressed income people to humanely put their sick and old horses to rest.
  • To many unwanted horses are left to suffer due to human neglect
  • What are people to do who can't afford an aged horse, have tried and failed to find it a home?
  • people should not have to take their horse to auction because it's cheaper than euthanasia
  • a sad reality and necessity
  • But the biggest problem is corpse disposal
  • Giving horse owners the option should give horses humane treatment for their last hours
  • It is humane; we don't need anymore horses going to Candad and Mexico!
  • We must do the human thing for our beloved animals when faced with no alturnitives
  • would be a better way to an end that suffering from starvation
  • Yes! We need alternatives to slaughter. What did they do 100 yrs ago, burried them!
  • How do we dispose of all those unusable, toxic carcasses?
  • Should help eliminate slaughter trucks
  • Sure. It is a great idea. Hope to never have to use one.
  • But only for debilitated horses or dangerous ones--and truely dangerous not mishandled!
  • Something needs to be done to the unwanted horses.
  • but adequate disposal systems have to be in place also
  • An option to allow folks to make a humane decision rather than auction & slaughter
  • as long as this helps the suffering of sick and injured horses
  • but not for other wise healthy horses, only sick and crippled and dangerous horses.
  • Yes as analterative to neglect/abuse
  • We need to face reality, unwanted horses are going to suffer worse from starvation and neglect.
  • I am concerned that it may be a way of irresponsible people just getting rid of unwanted horses.
  • Better than terrifying slaughter house- horses know , glad slaughter is banned
  • To help eliminate the amount of neglected horses now suffering from the slaughter ban.
  • also disposel
  • good concept! How are animals transported from the clinic & to where?
  • I recently had to euthanize my 28yr old morgan due to poor health. It cost our family almost $1000.
  • Not only the euthanasia but disposal: keeping my 3 aged mares another year would have been cheaper
  • As an alternative to slaughter, or starvation? Absolutely!
  • send the bill to PETA
  • Better to put a horse down than let them starve to death from abandonment!!!!!
  • This choice could greatly relieve suffering in horses; from illness that is not treated, old age ,et
  • Until the horse population is fully controlled and accounted for, this should be an option.
  • the clinic must see that horse needs to be euth'd
  • ahh, yeah. It's much better than starving neglected horses that owners can give away or feed
  • The slaughter houses should be reformed and reopened. There are to many horse and no enough rescues.
  • to encourage people to take more responsibility for their horses
  • Euthanasia is far more humane than letting and old or injured horse remain. And yes it is hard to s
  • Then people have no excuse to humanely put their horse down.
  • The cost of euthanasia and disposal is way to expensive for the average horse owner.
  • Yes many horses that suffer are not put down for soley economic reasons.
  • ABSOLUTELY!!!! Then at least THAT excuse would be gone...
  • Especially since the perceived "high cost" of Euthanasia is used by supporters of horse slaughter
  • Horse owners have to have a humane option for their horses that they can no longer care for.
  • Much better than a slow death
  • If the health of the horse and/or its quality of life then I agree.
  • I would rather see vets offer a lower cost euthanasia when the horse really needs it.
  • For sickness, yes... but disposal also, as not everybody can bury their horse in their pasture.
  • ...but where do the bodies go?
  • This could at least ease the pain for some owners in the economical realm.
  • Yes! ANYTHING to reduce inhumane slaughter of horses!
  • Vets should not profit on this service, period
  • People should do the right thing but they don't so assist them with the decision.
  • I think low-cost euthanasia should be available, but not clinics dedicated to such.
  • As a responsponsible horse owner, we need it when no other options remain.
  • What else ya gonna do with 'em? The do gooders did away with the slaughter plants! (Idiots!)
  • yes but not used as method to get rid of unwanted horses in good health
  • then people could NOT use the cost as their excuse! Be responsible!
  • Since all of the US slaughter houses have been closed, this will hopefully be a humane end to some h
  • it would help alleviate a lot of suffering
  • I like the idea of rehoming healthy, unwanted horses turned in at such a clinic.
  • something needs to be done to help stop suffering & excuses for it; sofar this is the best I've seen
  • More humane than slaughter
  • Old, sick, unmanageable horses-better than slaughter
  • This is really tough question, I do not think there is an easy solution to this situation
  • if used the the right purpose
  • As long as a release is signed allowing for useable horses to be placed.
  • MOST people are not prepared OR WILL NOT deal with that issue. THEY need help!
  • Too bad people won't stop breeding and preventing unwanted babies.
  • ABSOLUTELY!!! fewer horses would be put through hell...
  • I have really mixed feelings about this. No animal should suffer, but they shouldn't be killed arbi
  • Owners need to rebudget at their own expense, not their animals.
  • There has to be a way to help control the # of unwanted horses.
  • I know people who have said they cannot afford to euthanize their horses.
  • It is important for the sake of the horse not to cause undue suffering and/or starving be condoned.
  • Most emphatically YES! If it didn't cost so much more people would use it.
  • This is an important humane issue.
  • It is one way to prevent countless animals from dying terrifying deaths in slaughterhouses
  • If there was a vet to determine if the horse needed to be euthanized they would be good.
  • No slaughter=many unwanted and unusable horses. better option than abandonment.
  • Low Cost for Sick, Crippled, Severely Injured: YES / Oherwise NO - not an escape route for finances
  • what are we going to do with all the aging/hurtanimals now that slaughter is banned???
  • YES!!! had a friend who couldn't afford $350 for this, horse "put down" with gun. AWFUL!!
  • Hard question but if all attempts to find home fail, it's for the best
  • With the high cost of feed/board, great alternative for owners
  • If people could affored it maybe fewer horses will be starved to death.
  • It's better than dying the horrible death at a slaughter horse, this is a great idea.
  • Give horses the respect they deserve by a humane death.
  • If it is a choice to either euthanize or commit the horse to a lifetime of misery - euthanasia wins
  • But, should be used as a last resort.
  • Absolutely. The loss of equine slaughterhouses has caused huge problems.
  • If the the choice is starvation or euthanasia, the answer is obvious. We must not let horses suffer.
  • Only for unadoptable horses, a much better option than slaughter.
  • It's hard when money makes a hard decision more difficult
  • My ver charges $250.00 and it costs another $250.00 to have the body removed. Who can afford it.
  • They should be offerred at Non-Profit rescue locations so that any useful animals can be surrendered
  • Yes, now that humane slaughter is no longer an option!
  • Yes, but only if disposal of remains is also low cost and available
  • More humane than starvation or sending to the slaughter house
  • absolutely!
  • I don't think that the cost of putting a horse down is the issue though - more the owners attachment
  • It is more humane than allowing horses to starve because people can't afford to keep them
  • Better for the horse to have an adoption option or to be humanely euthenized that to suffer.
  • Owners need a financially viable option so horses don't suffer
  • Absolutely!
  • very humane
  • Absolutely. There would be less abandonment of old/sick animals
  • Absolutely, there is a need for this.
  • I think it would help with the growing problem of neglected/starving animals.
  • Absolutely, there is a need for this.
  • I WANT TO KNOW WHERE MY DEAR, SWEET, HORSES GO WHEN THEIR TIME COMES.LOW COST WOULD HELP SO MANY
  • We need an inexpensive but humane way for our many unwanted horses.
  • low cost, yes but clinics? that is sad
  • too many questions: who picks up the rest of the tab - smalltown vets can't always subsidize . . .
  • Only for those that are very sick,old & owners are neglecting care after efforts are made to adopt 1
  • it is preferable to the current "shipping to Mexico"
  • Considering the alternative (starvation & neglect). It looks like we have to go that way.
  • How about low-cost medical care nstead.
  • We have to do something quick for unwanted equine, the ivory tower folks took away the captive bolt.
  • Since we no longer have slaughter there needs to be an alternative
  • i've too many horses in the killer pens that should have been euthanasied if the cost had been less.
  • humane necessity
  • absolutely! until this country can reopen the equine slaughter business, using humane regulations.
  • Yes, but people need to man up and be responsible for every horse they own, cheap euthanasia or not.
  • Humane euthansia is better alternative than pain, suffering, abandonment
  • beats slaughter
  • Absolutely! Why let the poor things suffer until they die when people can't afford high vet costs?
  • Sadly, there really are fates worse than death.
  • Absolutely, this is an emergency necessity, too many horses are being starved to death.
  • Its what we assured horse owners would be available when we took away the slaughter option.
  • Not for healthy horses, only for ill or crippled
  • Lacking the traditional livestock market for unwanted horses this type service is very important
  • absolutely.
  • It's the DUTY of equine stewards to euth kindly when appropr. It's costly! This helps good owners.
  • It would save countless horses suffering simply because owners cannot afford the kindest goodbye.
  • more humane
  • Unfortunately necessary due to overpopulation
  • some of us cannot afford to pay the vet for disposal also.
  • There is the reality of too many animals and too few options for many owners.Hard choice,but a need
  • A MUST!
  • but who pays for the disposal of the body after the fact.?
  • It gets back to making good choices before we bring a horse home to start with. Be responsible.
  • the big expense is having a backhoe dig a hole for burial will clinic have a method of disposal
  • It would help eliminate a horses suffering if an owner can't take care of it. Thanks PETA.
  • This certainly beats slaughter
  • Too many horses are suffering due to slaughter houses not accepting horses
  • This would give owners an option instead of letting an unknown person take the horse.
  • beats starving them to death
  • maybe not widely but at least regionally available
  • And PETA required to dispose of the body
  • Disposal of the body should be included in all clinics.
  • Surely better that horses left running wild to starve to death!
  • preferable to horses being abandoned or starved
  • ALSO: Breeders, trainers, owners must responsibly produce horses capable of useful lives.
  • It's much better than having your old friend suffer in the field or shipping him off to slaughter.
  • ESPECIALLY with ther not being any slaughter!!
  • I do think low-cost equine euthanasia should be available when needed not just during "a clinic."
  • bring back humane slaughter!
  • Drug companies should provide vets with the medication for this at their cost.
  • Some horse owners are in financial crisis and would rather put their horses down than send them out
  • It would be more humane than shipping, slaughter, etc.
  • better than people turning them loose or abandoning them to starve
  • Absolutely. This is a more humane choice then a slaughter house in Canada Or Mexico
  • Absolutely YES!!! This would be a reasonable alternative to current options.
  • Having a horse humanely distroyed is kinder than abandonment
  • not sure who should foot the bill..those against slaughter possibly
  • Yes, as long as the rules ARE followed and the horses are NOT adoptable.
  • should be an option, although if you can feed it each month you should be able to pay for euthanasia
  • Horrified that it's offered as a simple option to the expense of ownership!!!
  • It is better to HUMANELY euthanize them than starve, abuse or slaughter them.
  • In the name of all that is humane, yes!
  • I believe (HOPE) that people would do the Humane thing for their horses if it were afordable
  • stop overbreeding.It is unethical for rescues to buy healthy at auction horses to then euth
  • Yes! Absolutely!
  • The cost of burial, cremation, disposing of the body is greater than the cost of euthanasia.
  • Absolutely mandatory. Prevents the agony of slaugher and the ills associated with that industry.
  • And the fools in Washington should foot the bill for the cost!!!
  • But emaciated animals like the one n the photo should be rehabiliated if possible not dispatched.
  • Lining up horses for euthanasia may be more humane, but for my horse it will be private and calm
  • Rather than suffer yes. Would you offer body disposal as well??...
  • For horses that are clearly unmarketable for various reasons (neglect;abuse;health)
  • It's better than the aution route for elderly and failing horses
  • Especially in these times
  • Absolutely.
  • What has this world come to??!!
  • Now more than ever with the passage of the no slaughter law.
  • It would be too easy for people to just get rid of unwanted horses
  • Vets should be allowed to euthanize as needed and have as tax write-off
  • There are times when euthanasia is necessary
  • Horses should be humanely killed, but their meat should be USED (dog food, export to Europe, etc.).
  • The costs of rendering is astronomical, $275. Then vet fees of $235. Puts the cost over $500
  • especially when a vet has cared for the horse a good part of its life
  • Personally, I don't care what it would cost, but some people would rather starve a horse than spend
  • Yes, but who/how is going to dispose of all the bodies????
  • People can finally put down old backyard Bessie, and put her out of her misery!
  • This is a great idea. I would like to open one in MN
  • yes because the dignity of quality of life versus the quanity of life is perserved
  • YES, SO THEY DO NOT GO TO SLAUGHTER
  • I think that low cost euthanasia should be available but not in a clinic setting.
  • It should be an option for owners of infirmed, unwanted, or otherwise unadoptable horses.
  • In my area ity costs about $300 to euthanize a horse and another $400 to have the body removed

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Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care.

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