Such a good post Cherie. Its so true, yet the ones against horse slaughter are thinking with their hearts and obviously well padded wallets instead of admitting that when horses DIE, which they all do, or get to a point where they need to be DESTROYED, then it needs to be done. Sure if the world was a big rainbow where all horses lived happily and never had to be euthanized or shot or slaughtered, it would be wonderful, but its not going to happen.
I raised and fed our two steers for a year, 640 was a pet, he came running when called, he would let me scratch him and play grain bucket games. But, that did not stop me from butchering him and now thoroughly enjoying him on the dinner table.
Slaughter plants in the US have needed to be reopened ever since they did close them. I would rather put a horse on a truck to be transported to the plants in the US in one day or two at most,, and know that they will be killed quickyl at our plants in the US, than put them on a truck to Canada/Mexico, travel for days and go to plants that are not regulated.
For the bleeding hearts that talk about the videos that are shown about the cruel treatment of horses, cutting them up before being dead, being mistreated, those are on the low extreme of slaughter and are not right, but that is not the typical way they are killed. Those videos are used to try to stop slaughter by showing the worst end of things. Hey, wake up and watch the news,bad things happen everyday to every living thing whether there are laws or not. Its called LIFE.
Opening the plants will make it easier for the people who need to ship a horse, whether for financial gain or because euthanizing/burying them is impossible where they live. Each decision has to be made and its hard either way, but at least this is faster for our horses when it does happen.
Unless the bleeding hearts have a way , both financially and with land to keep all the unwanted, sick or old horses for everyone, they need to grow up and face reality.