"A Horse is a Course, of Course. Or is it a Pet?" -Dan McGraw
In 1998, California voters were about to make a crucial decision about horse slaughtering. If it passes, it would make it a felony punishable by up to three years in jail to sell a horse to be slaughtered for human consumption in California, though there are no slaughter houses in California. Humanly euthanized horse still may be used for pain thinner, soaps, and pet food, just not for consumption. In 1997 alone, there were an estimated 87,000 horses killed in the four slaughter houses of the United States. If this is (was) passed, some equine veterinarians believe that it may cause more horse neglect due to the cost of euthanization and disposal of the horse vs. getting paid to have it slaughtered.
****Note: it was passed.