Druydess....I guess the thing is, unless you are a complete vegan, I don't understand why you're making a big issue of HORSE slaughter. The thing is, you can find screw ups (I wince saying that) in probably every slaughter house. =/
Unless the people who are so adamant about stopping the complete HORROR of slaughtering horses are also advocating for ceasing slaughter of ALL ANIMALS for the purposes of human consumption, then what they are saying smacks strongly of hypocrisy.
It's very simple. I have seen how inhumane it is. I have seen horses legs being sawed off while they were clearly alive. I have seen hundreds of deaths and understand exactly what the death process is. I know the difference between reflexes and painful attempts to evade torture.
If we as a society choose to turn a blind eye to the inhumanity of animal abuse and torture for our own convenience and profit, I have little faith in the evolution of our race and ethics as people.
Just because some deem slaughter necessary does not absolve them of the duty to recognize when it is being carried out cruelly, arrogantly, and with little compassion or thought as to what is right.
If people really saw first hand what goes on in these death pits, they'd likely have a better understanding. However, most are content not to think much about it as it "happens" elsewhere...out of sight and mind.
Personally, I as a human being, can not, and will not support an industry that epitomizes abuse, cruelty, and blatant disregard of respect for life, as well as little regard for effects of possible chemical contamination. It's a personal stand that morally I have no choice but to take.