amightytarzan- I completely agree with you
Everyone is going to think that I am living in a land of rainbows and butterflies, but I'm not. I know what is going on in the world.
And the majority of horses going to slaughter are in fact, not "backyard horses" or horses people don't care for. No, most of the horses that go to slaughter are race horses who don't make it at the track.. young horses that could be wonderful riding horses.
What types of horses are being slaughtered? Aren't these old, sick horses?
According to 2001 field studies conducted by Temple Grandin et al., 70% of all horses at the slaughter plant were in good, fat, or obese condition; 72% were considered to be "sound" of limb; 84% were of average age; and 96% had no behavioral issues. Slaughter plants do not want old, sick horses for obvious reasons.
So, your theory that horses that are going to slaughter are old, diseased, and mistreated is sadly mistaken.
I've seen pictures of horses in the loading corrals and walking up to the slaughter house, forced to walk in between two fences to their death, and I tell you, you can see the fear in their eyes.
I would never touch a peice of horsemeat, let alone eat it.
And yes, I do think that horses are not on the same level as cows and chickens.
Horses are not raised for slaughter, and they are people's pets, and they have intelligence.
I do believe cows should be treated more humanely in the transort to slaughter, but I am not against their slaughter.. but I am against the slaughter of horses. It is so unnecessary.
Anyway, that is my view.. everyone is entitled to their own opinion