The current occupant of the White House recently signed a bill which will allow the horse slaughter industry to resume operation within the United States. Make no mistake, the industry itself did not end, it merely resulted in horses being shipped to Canada and Mexico where the unseemly deed was carried out.
I've been waffling over whether to post about this issue. As a result of my delay, Jessica over at the Spotty Horse News beat me to the punch with this post, and this one. Both are well written, cutting to the heart of the matter. Horse slaughter does not exist because greedy people want to make a buck selling their meat to those who will eat it. It exists, as Jessica points out, because we have allowed the breeding of too many horses. The situation is exacerbated by current economic woes, causing good people to be faced with terrible choices.
This is an issue over which I am torn. While I understand why it happens, I am not in favor of the practice. One need only look into the eyes of horse, and see the intelligence hidden behind them to know that this is a fate they do not deserve. I would have a veterinarian euthanize my horses before I would send them to a kill pen, or worse, abandon them to face starvation.