14,000 horses being bred into an industry that needs 9,000 is not a game of inches.
That is a completely different issue.
There are a lot of moving parts he
i) The issue of animal cruelty captured by hidden camera at the Meramist abattoir
ii) The issue of horses being sent to abattoirs full stop
iii) The number of horses being bred and if it exceeds demand
iv) The scale of the problem of NSW racehorses ending up in abbotoirs
My thoughts FWIW:
i) The ABC has been irresponsible in not reporting what was seen on that footage as soon as it became apparent. Both the reporter and the team at the 7.30 report have displayed a cruel disregard for the welfare of horses by their actions and the management of the ABC should acknowledge this and apologize
ii) As stated before, I classify horses along with dogs as a different, more intelligent type of animal that do not deserve to have their lives ended in abattoirs. They are not the same as sheep and cattle. Horses and dogs were bred to help mankind prosper and part of this breeding was to introduce intelligence into them. Cattle and sheep were bred specifically to supply mankind with food.
I think the practice of horses having their lives ending in abattoirs should be banned. If the Germans or Chinese or whoever want horse and dog meat then let them slaughter their own.
iii) I do not know enough to make an informed comment.
iv) 14 or 16 out of 10,000 seems to be a figure to be applauded to me. What are the Victorian and Queensland figures? Seems to have been conveniently left out of the discussions.
I am concentrating on point i) and make no apologies for doing that or my comments. The ABC has been reprehensible in their behaviour.
Any horse lover who saw the footage would have been horrified at the Meramist footage and the expectation would have been that the ABC did the right thing and would have rescued horses suffering the same fate immediately. But they didn't. They put "journalism" ahead of horse welfare and now should cop the criticism they deserve.