Should we re-open horse slaugher facilities in the U.S.? It's a hard argument - I adore horses and I think it's no exageration to say that our civilization owes much to the horse - in fact, our success was built was built upon the back of the horse. But in this economic downturn - horses are a luxury, and they are a very expensive luxury and the first, quite often to suffer neglect and abandonment. One of the big reasons behind closing slaughterhouses was the cruelty involved in the transportation and the slaughtering process but that is even worse now as they are being shipped even further to Mexico where they have even fewer protections. I just wonder - if strict humane guidelines can be enforced - it it isn't better to reopen slaughter houses or if there are better alternatives? This was one quote I read in favor: In opposition, this group suggests there are many alternatives: http://environment.about.com/gi/dynamic/of...ionnetwork.com/ Yet, I tend to think there are way to many horses already "warehoused" - for example, mustangs rounded up to keep population levels sustainable. It's a complicated problem - but I certainly wouldn't want to see a return to the old abuses.