Cattle spend much of their lives together, often in close quarters, & ran through chutes for various reasons. Horses don't do well in tight areas with those they don't know. I don't need to tell horse people how horses react to strange situations.
Horses brains are farther back in their skulls compared to cattle which makes the captive bolt tricky, especially with a horse's longer flexible neck.
Unlike stray dogs, cats & wild mustangs most conceptions are due to man's actions. I'm not saying no one should breed but maybe we should look at what we are breeding & why. Good horses with good breeding & training are still in demand. I looked for over 3 years for my mare & I paid over 'market price' for her. I will not breed her.
Horses have been going to slaughter for a long time, so although the economy is bad it cannot take the full blame for the glut of horses.
Horses in the slaughter chain now can't be saved except for a few isolated cases but if every breeder or buyer said, "Not my horse' there would be no slaughter.
Here are my reasons for being anti-slaughter, yes, some are emotional but aren't most of our life decisions based on emotions?
We don't eat horses here.
Bullets are cheap.
There is nothing humane about the way horses are kept, transported or slaughtered.
I don't need the few dollars I would get for sending a horse off.
The horse's plight doesn't end when it leaves our property. For me, out of sight isn't out of mind.
Horses have given me so much that the least I can do is offer them as peaceful a passing as possible.
I have to live with the decisions I make & I feel it is my responsibility to be with my horses to the end. I take comfort in knowing where they are & how they got there.
If this makes me a bleeding heart then that is a badge I will proudly wear.