havent read every single post on this, so may be repeating, but surely everyone can at least agree that there needs to be drastic steps taken to ensure that transportation handling and the entire process is is handled as humanely and stress free as poossible? What concerns me is that some of the posts I have read seem to suggest that if it is ok to, in thier opinion, to eat horse meat, then it is best not to question too closely the method of achieving "processing" as it is called- in my opinion that is an inhumane and heartless term in itself.- no horse or any other animal should have to be subjected to a long journey to another country or even across a long distance, and although I personally think horse meat should be banned, as they such a sensitive and intelligent animal, and should not be used in this way, I think that if it is not banned then it is far preferable to greatly tighten up every aspect of the industry. And I want to state that in my opinion, it is deplorable and inexcuseable to send a horse which has given an owner service throughout its life, to a slaughterhouse, to end its days. Because it can be done at home, humanely. Unfortuneately there are some people who want to get the last few bucks... I am sorry if that's not what people want to hear, or it makes people uncomfortable, or defensive, or agressive, but if that is the case, perhaps those people should be questioning there own beliefs, and not the people who are brave enough to speak out againgst something they strongly think is wrong. I perosnally applaud anyone who speaks out on the behalf of the welfare of horses- any horse, bred for whatever purpose, is deserving of compassion and integrity of handling, throughout its life, and to say or act otherwise is wrong.