That was the first website I pulled up, and my laptop battery isn't going to last much longer so I'm done webcrawling. I'm sure you can google other, better, un-biased sites.
That site was very slanted. Organizations like that one (and PETA, for example) only tell you what they want you to hear.
The fact is, people don't make much of a profit selling horses to slaughter. I have friends going to auctions telling me that nice, beautiful registered colts with impeccable pedigrees are going for between $5 and $200. That sure doesn't cover the stud fee, feed, medical expenses, etc. Slaughterhouses pay, on average, $400 per head. That's half the price of cattle. There's not a lot of money in the American meat trade.
And the costs of going to Mexico or Canada? In a lot of cases, it's probably less than shipping way up north to the current US locations. It's cheaper, too, because there's no need for monitoring by an American agency. Anything goes.
Slaughter is cruel, but at least it's just a few day ride up to the plant, a few hours of utter terror, and then a (usually) quick and (relatively) painless death. Versus years of slow neglect or abuse.
And people aren't responsible. History teaches us that. People won't stop breeding--no, the price of horses will drop even more than it already has and they will be even easier to obtain and breed. Look at all the dogs and cats running around. Soon ponies would be the same. The Humane Society would have to start rounding them up off the streets and euthanizing them.
Maybe that's an exaggerated estimation, but I can certainly see it happening. It's really not that far-fetched.
Look. I don't like it. But I don't see any way around the facts.
Truth be told, however, you'll never change to my side and I'll never consider your view. I could be blatantly wrong and I'll admit that, but I really don't think I am. I don't see the world through rose-colored glasses.
I'm not trying to start a fight or argument, and I'm certainly not casting stones at anyone. Just please consider what I'm saying and, if it comes to that, consider the facts before voting to end equine slaughter in the USA.