The funding was pulled because the RARAs (rabid animal rights activists) were annoying the Powers That Be, and they decided to put a band-aid on the issue hoping they'd shut up and go away.
Since 'the public' has been so long off farms and don't realize that food doesn't originally come shrink wrapped, they fell for the bunk the RARAs were spouting. People don't tend to think logically, they're very easily emotionally manipulated.
If you eat any kind of meat and utilize leather, you approve
of the slaughter industry. Claiming horses are 'more deserving' and 'better' than other livestock doesn't make it so, and it's anthropomorphizing at its worst.
The only thing closing the plants did was insure that the horses now have longer rides to Canada and Mexico, and are out of US jurisdiction.
There are already laws on the books regarding how slaughter animals are to be treated. The USDA inspectors aren't just there to look at the meat once it's processed, they oversee the whole operation. That's why the funding being stopped had such catastrophic results for the horse industry. Add to that the economy tanking, and the bottom fell out of the horse market.
You have to be able to set a bottom dollar price on animals, and the slaughter industry did that. It still does it for other livestock, just not horses at the moment.
I'm for the humane slaughter of ALL livestock, not just horses. It's not a one dimensional problem, and anyone who only thinks in black and white will never understand that there are sixty million shades of gray when it comes to something like this.