"Horse Slaughtering Deeply Divides Racing, Breeding Community" -Rick Maese
There is a huge controversy over the slaughter of horses. If a federal ban of horse slaughter were to go into effect, it would not solve the underlying problem: these unwanted horses. Many feel that it could lead to more abuse and neglect of horses. 15 years ago, each year more than 300,000 horses were slaughtered annually, but that number has decreased by 85 percent (mainly due to the fact that horse meat is no longer a main ingredient in pet food) AND abuse reports have NOT substantially increased. In the United States, horses are classified as live stock: in the same category as a cow or pig (when talking about slaughtering). BUT historically, these are not the American ideals. Horses have played a key role in the developement of America.