“Dark Horse” Discussion

Since Steve’s article deals with meat consumption, Tina wanted to include alternative meat consumption: horses.  “Dark Horse,” an article by Lisa Couturier in Orion Magazine is about kill buying in the United States. I read it last weekend on the way to Denver and can attest to its good reporting and emotional impact.  Here are a few questions:

  1. Do you think some companies and states should reinstate slaughterhouses for horses?  What would be the advantages of such a measure?  The disadvantages?
  2. Can in-state operations at least be better regulated than those in Canada and Mexico?  Is this a good enough argument for them?
  3. Would international laws work cross-culturally? Do we want them to?
  4. What do you think of this quote: “It all seems like the ultimate betrayal to a horse that likely served its owners for years and, at some point in its life, experienced human kindness.” Could we apply this to other animals?
  5. Keeping in mind the Willard article, do you think it’s significant that this piece was written by a woman?

The Reading and Media Group meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. in the second floor lounge of Memorial Union. New readers are always welcome.


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