Originally Posted by kevinshorses
It's perfectly legal to kill a horse you legally own.
Yes, but buying several then having to deal with disposal of the remains is a problem for these guys. The killings that are making the news are probably being done by people trying to get in on the action and aren't organized at all. The real story is, from what I read a while ago, that there are "underground" slaughter houses where horses that are purchased from auctions - as you suggested - are processed for the black market.
There are far too many customers for horse meat then can be serviced by the few that make the news. This is an entire underground operation and the killings we hear about are just the tip of it.