I wasn't pointing fingers at anyone in particular.
I should clarify myself a bit, I wanted to be finished with this debate but I feel misunderstood.
If slaughter was done humanely for horses (and cows too!) it would be a different story. I mostly eat free range and organic (yes I know that's sketchy too, but I guess it makes me feel a little better?).
The videos all over the place of horses getting slaughtered inhumanely is what makes me shocked and appalled. If there was even a 0.1% chance that my horses would end up in a situation like that I wouldn't know what to do. I had no idea that is what slaughter looked like for horses. I HAVE been on a kill floor for cows (I used to work for Manpower back in the day, and hired temps)...and that was enough to stop me from eating any kind of red meat for years, and now I've only delved back into free range.
Maybe I'm a bleeding heart, maybe I'm getting soft, I don't know, but regardless, I can't handle those videos and the thought of that being done to horses (or any other living creature). It makes me sick. I can't imagine that it's just some kind of weird propaganda either, that footage is real. I just don't get it. Those videos deeply disturbed me.
I also can't get my head around the concept of sending a horse I have had for years as a pet/mount/work partner out to slaughter when he/she was no longer useful to me. I understand that it's a financial concern for some people to pay board or to feed a horse that is no longer useful, but I am fully prepared to keep paying board when the time comes to retire my horse. I just think it seems cruel to send an animal that has been with you almost his/her whole life off with strangers and a ton of other frightened horses to be slaughtered. It just doesn't seem right to me.
I feel like I owe it to ALL of my animals to be there with them when it is time to end their suffering.