Have not read the whole thread so I might be totally OT by this point...
There is a person about 2 miles down the highway from me that keeps his horses in deplorable conditions. They are ribby, and gangly looking and it's obvious he treats them with no respect. Last week, I finally found out why: He breeds them to eat. NOT KIDDING. He waits until the horses are 3 and then eats them. He keeps a select stallion and some broodmares. Now, I don't know if he sells them to anyone else. Believe me, this has been reported numerous times. What do they do about it? NOTHING.
I think horse slaughter is disgusting. However, I would be a hypocrite (sp) if I were to say this and then eat meat. That is the main reason I am a vegetarian. The way any sort of meat is processed and taken from an animal is absolutely revolting to me..