|And now horses that would've been shipped to a US slaughter house might be going to Mexico and being more in-humanely treated and killed in a more grusome way. Guess it's one of those "danged-if-you-do-danged-if-you-don't" situations, in a way.|
I see people say all the time that slaughter is necessary because it will lead to neglect. But, The vast majority of horses that currently wind up at slaughterhouses are in good condition (92.3 percent according to the USDA Guidelines for Handling and Transporting Equines to Slaughter) and will not be neglected or abandoned. The remaining 7 to 8 percent who may need rescue will either be placed at one of the more than 400 horse rescue and sanctuary facilities in the United States or will simply be humanely euthanized.
In California, where horse slaughter was banned in 1998, there has been no corresponding rise in cruelty and neglect cases either, though horse theft dropped 34 percent after the ban. Allowing one's horse to starve is not an option—state anti-cruelty laws prohibit such neglect.