CountryLVR, it is back to the same old point. In an ideal world the horse would be well fed, happy and have the vet come to their pasture and quietly put them down. I am not saying I love the idea of slaughter. HOWEVER, the anti slaughter people have caused a GREAT deal more suffering to the horses they profess to love by closing plants in the US. Can you grant that point at least? (Longer travel time and non-regulated slaughter plants.) So these people go to bed patting themselves on the back as do gooders. In my mind they are the epitome of simple minded selfishness.
In the county where I live a dog license is $10 if the dog is spayed or neutered and $50 if the animal is not. That helps to pay for caring for the gazillion unwanted cats and dogs. Of course, the irresponsible owners probably do not purchase licenses anyway. The point being, anti slaughter activists should be working toward REALISTIC fund raising ideas to take care of as many unwanted horses as possible. Change is slow and takes lots of hard work and well thought out plans.