Whether we like it or not there is a demand for horse meat it is no different than any other meat on the market here or elsewhere.
People also eat alligator, snake, snails, bugs, monkey brains and the list goes on and on it is absolutely no different with horses. It's all in the culture and mindset you grew up with.
Slaughter houses are a necessary evil for those of us who love horses and they don't want and can't butcher sickly horses for human consumption no more than they can butcher sick cows or chickens. They have to have healthy disease free stock.
You can also bet your bootstraps if I had a horse that was an absolute danger to anyone it came in contact with and was healthy if there was a slaughterhouse nearby I would be telling them take the dang thing before it kills someone.
Now the idea of population control? As much as I would love to see an end to stupid people breeding it's not going to happen and it is beyond wrong to want the government or any other type of entity to control the worlds population by extermination that is what Hitler and every other psycho nut job in power believed in. Create the perfect race and everyone else must die. Population control would start with those that are elderly, sick or crippled..how many of our grandparents and even parents would fall into that category? How many kids do you know that were in a wheelchair that might be a victim or someone who is blind or deaf? For years baby girls were killed in other countries because they were not boys, it very well may still go on because higher value was put on sons than it was on daughters.
I do believe the original post was regarding those in FL that were stealing and killing horses illegally, as far as that goes a horse thief in my opinion should be hung just like in the old days. Unfortunately we are a more "liberated" country and hangings are not allowed because it's inhumane...rolls eyes.
Hang em I bet their buddies would think twice about stealing someone's horse or anything else for that matter.
Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne