I feel like I owe it to ALL of my animals to be there with them when it is time to end their suffering.
And that is how I feel about all of my animals too. As does SR I am sure.
That does not make slaughter cruel. It also does not mean that my choice should be imposed on the rest of the world to the detriment of horses that still go to slaughter.
I am sure the videos are real to a point. In other words, yes, a horse/cow/goat/pig/whatever was abused or not treated right or whatever term you would like to use.
There is also a VERY good chance those videos were shot in a place that is not the US. Mexico (for example) has far less restrictions in their slaughter plants.
You do realize that by making it difficult for slaughter plants to be open in the US the horses that used to be slaughtered here, with pretty tight regulations, are now shipped off to places like Mexico to be slaughtered, don't you?
Slaughter did not end.
People still eat meat. People will continue to eat meat.
If I wanted to twist some logic around (like the animal rights people like to do), it would be far easier for me to say that you (the people who wanted the plants closed in the US) support animal abuse. You are the reason the horses now have to have long trailer rides to another country and suffer in situations where the safeguards are not in place.
Back to the videos.
It is really easy to make anything look the way you want it to look.
A few seconds/minutes of poor treatment can be made into a really impressively long torture video by using slow motion, changing camera angles, etc.
There are bad people in every job.
If (big if) that video was shot here in the US it is an example of that. Not the norm. It is an example of a bad person.
When you get the bad plumber do you insist the whole plumbing industry is evil? If you get a bad vet do you insist the whole vet industry is bad?
You are feeling what the animal rights people want you to feel. You are thinking with emotion instead of with logic and fact.
Tangential thought - a bit back I was dealing with a colic episode with my old man. He wanted nothing more than to collapse to the ground and roll like a fool. We did a good job of not allowing this but every now and again he would manage to trick us into thinking he was going to lay their quietly. Do you know what I had to do to get him up again? Lets just say it was not pretty. It involved a whip and lots of yanking.
If that was video taped and put together (it happened more than once until the meds kicked in) into one video with lovely drama inducing music in the back ground you would be sure with out a doubt I regularly beat my horse for no good reason.