Horse slaughter can not be ever humane. Recent video from inside one of the slaughter houses have made this clear.
Pro-slaughter people have the whole idea of the slaughter wrong. It is not humane when every second horse has to be stunned more than two times. The end of the slaughter in the states has destroyed the market for horses and is just a make-believe to gain ground in this industry.
The whole problem surrounding horse slaughter is the issue of over breeding. Not that the end of slaughter has dropped the market value of horses, but the over breeding and over excess of available horses.
Horses are being bred because there is no regulation for breeding. Back yard breeders have bred horses in large numbers just to sell them at auctions to the meat buyer. The AQHA is the worst known offender in this breeding industry, breeding for color and disposition, sending their offspring that is not to their liking to slaughter, to breed some more.
If the breeding of horses, as well as dogs and cats, would be regulated, if measurements would be put in place to help neuter, geld and fix male animals and females animals, the number of unwanted animals would decrease and prices for horses would go back to normal.
Besides that, the horse meat industry is a sickening business on which we make plenty of money slaughtering those animals to sell their poisoned meat to other countries, endangering the health of other people who are told that the horse meat is safe and healthy.
This needs to stop. We can not keep slaughtering an excess of 100,000 horses every year and say this is a necessary evil to dispose of horses. We need to control the breeding of the horses to regain ground in price and value for the horse.
A horse is not livestock. A horse is a pet for you and me and any human who has a heart and does not agree with the inhumane treatment or slaughter.