Okay. Economic lesson for the horse meat should be spread across 3rd world/starving nations but not ever allow back into the USA.
When the supply of the horse meat goes down, the price will go up. (Note horse MEAT, not horses, this is only after processed) The higher the price, the more of a 'delicacy' it is. The less likely anyone will ever want to fork out the money to give it away to a starving nation. Yes, it takes money to feed those countries, you can't just go donate meat and expect it to get somewhere without a crap load of work and money behind it to get it there safely without spoiling. And even if does get there I wont get into what really happens in those countries when supplies are handed over to be distributed by the people there.
And what else is that lower supply/higher price doing? Oh right, having criminals going and killing peoples horses in their own private fields. There was a case of that in Florida wasn't there?
So by the USA banning slaughter and horse meat, it made the situation way worse.
And also, I spend a lot of time in Fort MacLeod. I'm assuming that if you anti-slaughter people really know your stuff and believe the trash videos you'd have heard of this slaughter house. Last time I was there, there were happy and nickering horses looking for scratches and treats. Yeah, stressed.
This place also does cattle. But they aren't "pretty" or "majestic" and no one writes novels about the love of a cow.
I also spend a lot of time at the Canada/USA border. Nope, never once saw a double decker full of horse. It's also a lot harder to transport livestock across the border than its made out. And yes I am aware of how to smuggle. And I have also spent enough time on back roads around the border to know how many border patrol trucks and helicopters are really out there. So yeah, good luck with all those stolen horses, odds are they aren't going north.
So that's my 2-cents,
Sincerely, a person who is in uni full time, works, still takes care of and loves my horse and will still support the largest "kill-buyer" in these areas. Because he is in it for the horse as a species, not the individuals.