Horse slaughter IS legal in the US. There's a bill coming around about possibly banning it. I hope it doesn't pass.
Now don't jump on me. I hate slaughter and abuse. But where will all the horses go that aren't slaughtered (approximately 80,000 a year are killed). Turned loose to starve, that's where. Totally neglected. Breeding freely. Being abused. Like dogs and cats.
Or transported off to Mexico, where there are aren't any rules about humane treatment. Think that's better? They're still being slaughtered, only cruelly now.
The legislation needs to be about making the process more humane, not banning it. There are simply too many horses in the world and nowhere for them to go.
Look it up. Not on one of those anti-slaughter websites, but on one that really looks at the facts. That's the sad reality of things.
But I have never heard of the hide being used for shoes? That's a new one. And the dog-hair thing I really doubt. It's a big black market in China for dog and cat fur, but the US? If that existed, PETA would be all over it. Unless they're shipping the skins from somewhere else, but still, that's too Cruella DeVille-ish and I find it really hard to swallow.