Why is there a horse protection forum if the administrators don't want people debating? You know that people are going to have different views on these sorts of topics. Not just slaughter, but what constitutes abuse etc.
I had what I felt were real, productive answers to the questions asked me in the recently closed thread, and now I will never get a chance to share them.
If you want a "Can't we all just get along?" type of message board that's your prerogative, but then don't even allow people to post controversial topics.