It is not an essay but a biased rant written by someone with an agenda. Much of it is inaccurate and is taken directly from the biased agenda of the animal rights nuts. Their real agenda is to stop ALL livestock, horse and pet ownership.
Fraudulent organizations like PETA, HSUS and ALF, that also frequently contain animal terrorists, have worked to spread the lies and half-truths that you are repeating.
I suggest that if you really want to write a credible paper that YOU actually research and look to other sources than the animal rights nuts with an agenda. Check the AVMA and the AAEP websites. They are licensed Veterinarians with no agenda other than to help animals and relieve suffering.
I also suggest that you personally contact a dozen 'country Vets'. These are the Veterinarians that practice out of small clinics in rural areas where they doctor large and small animals. They are NOT the big equine centers that doctor high-dollar show and race horses.
I HAVE visited with many of them. They ALL say that their horse business dropped off from 75% to 90% after the slaughter plants closed and horses lost their value. They will all tell you that cheaper horses get little or no Vet care now because horses are so cheap people will just let them die and replace them.
Look up slaughter numbers and prices during the last recession. In the late 80s, 350,000 horses were sent to slaughter per year. Another result of the 'supply and demand' cycle that is happening now. The only thing different then is that a fat slaughter horse was worth $900.00 to $1000.00 so people kept them fat and well-cared for and did not starve any of them to death.
So, if you want to write a paper, try actually researching it and get both sides of the story. Your paper now is getting both sides of the story from one side -- the animal rights activists biased and untruthful side.
Cherie, you talk about the original poster's piece containing information from the 'untruthful' side. Yet your post is rife with outright fabrications and paranoia.
To lump PETA, HSUS and ALF together is ludicrous. ALF does take animal rights to extreme measures. And PETA I'm no fan of, but HSUS is a mainstream organization, and your accusation that their 'real agenda is to stop ALL livestock, horse and pet ownership,' and that they 'frequently contain animal terrorists, have worked to spread the lies and half-truths,' is outright slander. This paranoia was created because of HSUS's work against puppy mills, factory farms, and yes, horse slaughter. I would direct people to for fact-based information that refutes these accusations: Myth: HSUS Wants to Outlaw Pets « HumaneWatch Info
In addition is your unproven assumption that moving horse slaughter plants (while continuing to sell the same # of American horses to slaughter) has been the cause of the drop in horse meat prices. I find it shocking that horse people are in denial of the effects of the largest economic downturn since the great depression. All luxury products - even homes - have lost up to 80% of their value, and you really think horses would be somehow immune?? What makes the horse situation even worse is that breeders continue breeding for the low (meat quality) end of the market. At least builders and producers of luxury products were smart enough to stop or severely curtail production.
The reality is the horse industry has no one to blame for the crash of the low end of the horse market but themselves. Horse prices are determined by an interplay of supply and demand... economics 101. Demand from slaughter has NOT changed one iota. It's demand from owners (the legitimate horse market) that has vanished and caused the problem, which is exacerbated by reckless stock horse breeding. And selling horses to slaughter - which has NEVER ceased to be an option for horse owners - only provides an incentive for further lottery-style breeding. Take away the cull option and the market will force people to breed responsibly, which will provide a LONG TERM solution to the equine neglect problem, that slaughter has significantly enabled.