I still think it's amazing how everyone can classify horses as being more worthy of life than a chicken or cow, or pig. Any of those animals can be made into pets and show animals, as horses are, but they are our favorite meats, so nobody really fusses over their slaughter, do they?
And for the old horses that are suffering just from the cumulative wear and tear on their bodies,even if they are loved and wanted, eventually have to go. What's wrong with their bodies being processed into something for the living instead of becoming land fill and rotting? I personally don't want to eat a horse steak, but I doubt the horse cares after he's gone. In nature he'd be dinner for something, not become a chemical laden dead zone under ground polluting water tables. That's a bit graphic and morbid, but is the truth.
I do think breeding should be done more carefully, but extra laws are not really going to help,unless you want Uncle Sam living with you to micromanage your every movement, which I don't, and I don't breed nags that go to slaughter, either. I just feel that slaughter in US is a more humane option than the tailer ride to other countries, the crappy conditions that it happens under elsewhere and is definitly better than starving somewhere and/or being crippled for years.
The slaughter ban didnt' stop slaughter, it just made "getting there" a lot harder on the horses.Is THAT humane? I don't think so. I love horses as much as anyone, but do feel slaughter should be back in the US.