I am so sick of reading these slaughter threads and seeing immature and rude behavior. You are ALL disrespecting yourselves when you speak about such a touchy subject by mocking each other's morals. You can't assume because someone is anti-slaughter they have a wonderful perfect life. There is absolutely NO correlation between someone's view on horse slaughter and the quality of their own life, please stop making brash assumptions. People that are pro-slaughter on here, try not to let your emotions cloud your posts. You will make more of an impact, anti or pro, if you state clear facts and do not mock each other.
Responding to the OP, there is absolutely no excuse for stealing a horse off the property to slaughter it. It has nothing to do with "OMG it's because we can't use slaughterhouses in America!" This is THEFT. There is no excuse at all for such behavior and it should be punished by law. And for reference, many people don't seem to understand that the slaughter houses are not looking for old sick horses. The kill buyers want the young, healthy horses. If you take a look at auction reports, you will see that most of the horses that go to slaughterhouses are young, untrained horses. A kill buyer does not want something that is underweight or diseased, and an older animal (regardless of species) has a lower quality of meat than a younger one. It is a breeding and training problem no matter how you cut it. Killing a young untrained horse is not "putting it out of its misery" in any way, the horse is killed because the breeder did not know what they were creating and could not train the horse, and thus decided to dump the horse at the auction. Re-opening slaughter houses in America would only get rid of these horses, it will not solve the problem. This is not a horse problem in the slightest, it is a human problem. We must educate ourselves on breeding and training, it is wrong to have horses die because of our own foolish mistakes.