OK I read through posts, turned into a horse slaughter debate? XD
Well here's what I know. Yes it's legal again in the US - but there is only 1 place just about to open in Illinois I think. When horse slaughter was made illegal in the US it was made ONLY illegal for HUMAN CONSUMPTION!!! Not dog food!!! So horses Continued to be slaughtered here in the US for dog food! There is a slaughter plant for dog food in opporation not 3 hours from me, in New Jersey, they have been sighted for a large number of animal abuse claims including some horrible things by the owner (look them up - dog food company in NJ).
The difference is huge between human consumption and pet food.
Human consumption: horses need to be an appropriate weight, need to be sounds, need to not have had a list of specific medicine (meaning most pet horses could not ever be sold for human consumption as most have been medicated recently before the sale - even OTTBs!!), they need to be Healthy!! They can not give the horses any antibiotics so they will not take an injured animals!! They would never be a grey horse (they have melanomas). They will be an average size horse (ponies have too small a steak) and draft horses are rarely used, only in Japan do they want that type of meat. The horses are regulated and cared for by officials and veterinarians - much like cattle, but specialized.
Dog food: The horse can be in any state of health, could have had any medicine recently, they can even be DEAD! You can sell your euthanized Horse to a dog food plant!! Can you imagine feeding your dog that?!
So when they outlawed horse slaughter in the US they only outlawed Human Consumption. Which they didn't actually outlaw- they just made it so there would be no FDA regulators to ensure safe practices, which made it so slaughter houses couldn't kill horses, because without the FDA stamp they can't sell to humans. SO if a horse were to make it past dog food in the US they were shipped to either Canada or Mexico (God willing they all went to Canada where they were killed quick and humanely)
The only good solution to slaughter houses is to STOP over breeding!!! There are far more horses in this country than we can handle. 14 year old horses are being crippled and disposed of. This isn't ok!
My suggestion on how to fix it. Micro-chips. Canada and many other countries micro-chip all their horses. When the horse arrives at a slaughter plant they scan them all, if they have a chip they call previous owners of the horse - if anyone wants the horse back they can pay a fee and come pick it up. This makes the slaughter company more money and gives a horse a second chance. If no one wants the horse back they would be slaughtered, but at least they had a chance. Think back to that first horse you ever loved that had to be given away/sold or was never yours and you lost track of him/her over the years. Wouldn't you give anything to get them back? If they had a micro chip and you got that phone call for that 1 special horse - wouldn't you save him/her? I would.