Thank you for a well thought out answer, AlexS. I do appreciate that, and I might add that it brings up some better points than the "over 1000 jobs been lost in the US" statement in the e-mail.
So lets say slaughter houses do need to exist, that still leaves us with the inhumane treatment in which the slaughter houses go about the killing. Not to mention the days and weeks leading up to the slaughter.
Well there's the thing. I don't have all the answers. The short answer is I don't know.
I believe that there needs to be a holding period of some length before horses are slaughtered. Stolen horses show up, people save others, others are sold and have new lives. Meds need time to get out of the horses system etc.
By the way, the saving horses from the holding pens is a MASSIVE scam in my opinion. Several rescues work to do this, and I believe it to be nonsense. Another Chance For Horses (AC4H, google that name and scam) and Camelot are the big ones that come to mind. They take a fee for saving the horse. The horse that the meat man bought for $25, is now a $1-2k horse. The 'rescues' and the meat man get this money, allowing the meat man to make a bigger profit and ship more horses. It's such a scam. A better system would be to rehome the horses before the meat man has them, outbid him at the auction, don't line his pocket after he has bought them. Make it not profitable for him. The current system is a joke, and it annoys me immensely.
I don't choose to watch slaughter videos. I don't like it, but I see it as a necessary evil. I'd rather not see it.
But heck I enjoy my beef and chicken, and I am sure not good things happen to them too. If I had enough money to own the land, I'd raise and send my own meat to slaughter. That way I'd know the animals had a good life and were cared for, and that they were not full of all sorts of things I'd rather my family didn't consume. If everyone was vegan, there would be no cows.
Personally I'd rather the US open up the slaughter plants again. Horses would not travel as far, it would be kinder for it to be over quicker. I'd like to see it very regulated, and as humane as it can be.
My horse would not see a slaughter plant, if that's in my control. But I don't think it is. It's very possible I will sell him, and he would be sold quite a few times in his life, I can't control that really as I would sell if I didn't have the income to give him the care he deserves. If it's in my control, I would put him to sleep quietly and in his home. However he's only 8, it's unlikely I will see that end with him.
I am also not the person who would dump their old broken horse at an auction. But I can't control other people, and something needs to happen to those horses.
I am a foster parent of teenagers. I well understand that there is not enough homes for human children. Many of my kids come from detention (kiddie jail), not because they have committed a crime (although some have) but because they need a bed while a foster home is found. Many are there for close to 6 months to a year, as there are not enough homes available.
If we (as a society) can't even look after our kids, we are a long way from looking after our animals.