Horse Slaughter is a evil yes, but it is needed. The Amish generally don't care to spend a large sum of money to get their horses put down and shipped away. Considering burrying a horse is illegal. Personally i'd rather have a horse go to slaughter and get killed instintly. Then watching a horse die on the side of the road because someone dosen't want to spend the money to get rid of it. But then also many horses have diseases or defects or even injuries that cannot be cured or fixed. Does that mean they should go to slaughter? No, but id rather have them go to slaughter then, rotting and slowing dieing away in some field. Not matter how much people should care about their horses or what they should do. Does not mean they are going to do it. People are cruel and many feel horses are purely for work. So people send horses to slaughter because they can't afford them. Many people would say "Well they should give them to a rescue place, or to someone who can take care of them". Again, it dosen't matter what they should do. It matters what they do, and what they do is send horses to slaughter. In my opinion slaughter saves alot of horses from much worse death. If I was a horse, id rather be slaughtered then left to rot in a field with nothing but death to look forward to. I'd have it quick and get it over with.
But then people argue "Think how the horse feels". Well don't you think that's kinda hard? Considering that you can't "talk" to a horse. But who are YOU to assume that, that horse wants to live or die? Who are YOU to say that, that horse wants to be free and run around in a field for the rest of its life and be happy and free. You don't know if that horse would rather be in a show ring, be on a trail, or run around in a pasture. You don't know that. You can only take from what you see in your horse as clues. Like, from what I see my horses are pretty happy. But I don't know that for sure. My horses could hate me and everything about where they are at. But I would never know from they way they act. So, those people who say that, that horse would rather live its life in a beautiful field with a stream and a herd, don't really know that.