I'm sure that some of that may have been apart of it, but talking to people who can remember the incidents and having read a couple books, I know part of it was how horrible things were in a humane, clean sense. Would you wanna eat cattle treated in such a way? No, the meat would be worthless if there was meat to be had. I do think perhaps they overreacted, but I also think there will be little market in actually eating horse meat (and knowing about it).
With all the horse lovers constantly screaming, "NOSLAUGHTER" without thinking about it, I'm sure they'll watch it more closely in round 2. Also, I thought using double deckers was against regulations for any livestock anymore?
No, only for horses because of the lack of head room but they are only looked at when they pull into the end destination. They get fined for violations but by then it's too late for the animals.
I'm sure many things were taken into consideration.
Slaughter was never offically illegal but the funding for inspectors was pulled & without inspectors the meat could not be used for human consumption. Obama has now reinstituted that funding, though one of his campaign promises was that he would not-but that's a whole other topic.
Two of the three Senators who proposed the refunding are from States where there are financial backers ready for the go ahead to build slaughter plants. The other one is Kohl (from my State) who is retiring. To me it stinks of pay offs.
Maybe the new plants will have stress free ways to kill horses but knowing the nature of horses I'd like to know what they plan. Even if
they used humane methods like some countries where a horse is taken by itself into a pen & held for shooting that still wouldn't address the problem of transport. I can't see that method being used here (USA) because the main concern is to keep the line moving. Time is money.