Cat and Nokota - Why are you posting this? You will find that AA and PETA have no friends here. If either of you own or ride horses, they are not your friends either.
Why don't you work instead to get slaughter plants opened in many places here in the US where they can be monitored and the whole process can handle horses more humanely and safely?
The only other solution is for the 2 of you to go out and buy them all, feed them for the next 1 to 20 years, care properly for them and give them homes. Even billionaire Madelyn Pickens can't do that. So get real. Stopping slaughter now will only result in more horses starving to death or being neglected to the point that they would be better off dead.
Just think about it. Just look at what plan you have [NONE] for the replacement of slaughter as it stands now.
There are ALWAYS going to be unwanted horses. Just WHAT IS YOUR PLAN for them????
A little off topic...
Madeleine Pickens, GAH!, a bored TX oil tycoon housewife with too much money and nothing better to do....
I never researched this, but this was some Wells, NV gossip last spring... so take it for what it is worth.
She bought a place close to Wells, some private deeded ground that came with a BLM grazing permit/lease. She bought it with the intention of turning it into a wild horse sanctuary. The ranch supported so many AUs (animal units) of cattle. She assumed
that she could turn out as many horses as cattle. Anyhow the BLM put the kybosh on that. She had planned on turning out about 1000 head of horses and turn it into a drive through zoo. BLM said she could only turn out a handful of what she had wanted and she got her panties wadded.
If she was truly educated on the subject she would understand Animal Units, how they were measured and why. Pretty basic when it comes to land and animal management.
My point is, folks need to do the research and understand what they are defending before they jump on the band wagon whether it be wild ponies or horse slaughter. I put PETA and Madeleine Pickins in the same category.