This post will be mildly off topic, but being a young pregnant soon to be mother dumped by my boyfriend of two years because he "just can't deal with things" I can sure tell you if any son of mine decided to do that he would not have my support. If you're man enough to get a woman pregnant you are man enough to deal with the consequence of your actions. Be you 14 or 40. We all are aware of what happens when you have sex. As safe as you can be there is still that 0.0000001 chance and me being the (un)lucky one I got pregnant. He has every right to walk away but I wouldn't support any man doing so, even if he was my own child.
But think about it if the situation were reversed. You wanted to abort but your boyfriend did not. You did not want the responsibility [even though it is just as much your fault as his] and couldn't be bothered by it, but your boyfriend did. Wouldn't you want to have your right to "bail?" You don't have to answer, I'm just saying, it could easily go both ways. I am sorry that you were put in the situation though, I can't imagine how tough it is. But if you're into horses, your probably pretty tough yourself. =]
And back on topic, lol. As to making the animals comfortable VS profit, I think that was already mentioned. There could be/are regulations, and if said regulations are not met, fines will be given. Therefore, loss of profit. It would not be profitable to make things uncomfortable when you are then opening yourself up to thousands of dollars in fines. That's not factual, just what I'm gathering from some things that have been mentioned. If you get paid to drive fast, but rack up a bunch of speeding tickets, what are you really taking away?
This brings me around to Sam's post about money that hadn't been made yet. It makes perfect sense. Horse meat isn't cheap, because it's not all that common. As mentioned, horses aren't bred for slaughter like cattle and swine. There just isn't as much horse meat on the market. I can't imagine how much a horse steak actually costs, much less the whole horse as meat. Then consider the cost to transport horses to Mexico for slaughter. That can't be cheap either, paying for employees, paying for time, paying for gas, paying for driver to eat, etc. We are essentially digging ourselves into a big pit by closing down the slaugherhouses, huh?