I noticed with some pleasure that Congress has re-approved the slaughter of horses for meat today.
It's a terrible shame to see a horse put down for any cause. Human beings and horses get along very well, and in an ideal world more men and women would have the chance to have a relationship with a horse. Nevertheless, we are where we are, and the well-meaning attempt to ban the slaughter of horses has led to reliably worse results.
Horses who could no longer be slaughtered were instead left to starve. Instead of a quick and painless death, they were rendered economically worthless. The intention was, I suppose, that people should simply care for the animals until they died of old age; but rather predictably, what they did instead was refuse to lay out money for feed or hay for animals who could not promise any sort of economic return. Trapped on dry lots, with neither food nor water, they were left to perish in the most brutal conditions.
If they can be sold for meat, they'll be sold by weight. That means they'll eat, at least, until the end. This may seem unkind but it is far better. Good on Congress for getting one right, and for learning from its mistakes. Let's hope it points to a trend.