Originally Posted by equiniphile
OP, how much research have you actually done on the matter? There are many here (Cherie comes to mind) that have thoroughly investigated the industry and have realized that it's a really bad idea to try and put an end to it. There's no longer any equine processing in the U.S. The anti-slaughter groups are happy, but the pro-slaughter people are disgusted. Now these animals have to be transported thousands of miles across the borders to get to Canada or Mexico to be slaughtered. THAT is cruel. When slaughter was still an industry here, horses were driven only a few hours to the plants, where they were humanely slaughtered.
There are just too many horses to try and save them all. The racing industry and many private breeders continue to turn out horses at an alarming rate, and there are just too many to rehome. Would you rather they starved in the back of a dirt lot somewhere, or were shipped an hour to a plant to be humanely put out of their misery?
Slaughter establishes a base price on horses--a price per pound. Usable and promising horses will be above this price, and any horse with a beating heart will be worth that certain price per pound. Without this bottom tier, many horses would be absolutely worthless.
"When slaughter was still an industry here, horses were driven only a few hours to the plants, where they were humanely slaughtered."
That is only true if one started a few hours from the slaughter houses, which most did not.
I suppose our definitions of humane must be different.
OP, debating this topic here is like beating a dead horse- pun intended.