A few years back, it came on good authority to me that, when a horse ends up in a slaughter plant "way down in Mexico":
1. They are injected with some sort of paralyzing drug. Meaning they are wide awake but can't move.
2. Their throats are then slit and slowly bleed to death.
Can you tell us what the "good authority" was? Another Animal rights Terrorist -- I mean activists spewing lies and rumors to sway the general public that is too stupid to look up fact and get the 'real' story?
If you are going to spew lies and misinformation, maybe you should look at its source and maybe you should explore why the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) and the AVMA (America Veterinary Medical Association) BOTH ENDORSE HUMANE HORSE SLAUGHTER!!! Representatives of both organizations along with USDA APHIS representatives have inspected both Belgian owned plants in Mexico and have issued reports as to how well-run they are and how humane the treatment of the horses is. Both are considered to be much better run than any of the old plants that were shut down in the US in 2007.
Here is a link to the article I read in the prestigious JAVMA Veterinary Journal. This is not 'hearsay' and is not propaganda like animal rights nuts spread and post -- it is facts gathered by professional Horse loving Veterinarians that have spent all of their lifetimes trying to make life better for horses. https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/090301h.aspx
Here is another documented article from the AAEP: The Jurga Report: Horse Health Headlines
There are numerous other articles from reputable organizations also documenting that horses are well treated and humanely processed in both the Mexican and Canadian slaughter plants.
All of the big plants that US horses are shipped to are European owned and operate under the EU standards that dictate that every horse must be killed by 'captive bolt', treated humanely and must be tested for any medication residues. They send or keep inspectors at the plants that ship horse-meat to Europe.
So, once again, all the lies you spread and probably believe are just that -- lies, put forth by organizations with an agenda that includes terrorism and arson along with lying.
I did not start out supporting equine slaughter. I have never personally sent any horse I have owned any length of time at all to a sale where they went to slaughter. When their quality of life and usefulness has ended, we put a bullet in them in a far back pasture. I have 4 retired horses living out their years here now. I have kept many into their 30s. But, I absolutely see the necessity of it.
I will join the anti-slaughter band wagon when anyone can tell me what better end is waiting for the 100,000 + horses that go to Mexico or Canada every year. Rescues can take less than 1% of them. They are going to slaughter because they are 'unwanted' by anyone willing to feed and care for them.
Euthanasia is NOT an option for many horses. It is expensive and carcass disposal can be VERY expensive not to mention that the carcass is poisoned, and must be treated as 'hazardous waste'. If left unburied or unburned, it can poison predators and kill them. There are many documented cases of endangered birds like Condors and Bald Eagles dying from eating on chemically killed animal carcasses. Dogs and pets can also be killed if they get into an old carcass.
Any form of euthanasia is a terrible waste of good quality protein. Almost 20% of the World's population eats horse-meat. Who are we to tell the starving people of the World that we are justified in wasting thousands of tons of good meat every year.
These 'FACTS' along with the fact that horses are personal property, tell me that slaughter is the best possible solution. No one should have property seized or declared 'worthless' by anyone else unless they want to buy it or reimburse the owner for its value. If it has value at an auction, then that money should belong to the rightful owner. 'Just the facts please! Just the facts!'