Horse breeding without horse slaughter??? I really can't understand why the slaughtering of horses is different form chicken, pigs, cattle and all other domestic animals. There are ways to improve animal welfare during the transport, unloading and in the slaughterhouse (morbid) but to abolish the last step of horse keeping is simply nonsense. The fact that horses will be deported to Canada and Mexico, makes their last journey even longer (i.e. more cruel and expensive) - you can't flock those intelligent prairie animals like sheep and pigs into the same truck container. As far as I know the ban of horse slaughter for skins and meat was put in place to save the mustangs of the US from extinction. Ok, that is acceptable, if people look at those as noble beasts as wild animals. But with domestic horses??? In reality there should be many local slaughterhouses for large domestic animals (cattle and water buffalo, horses), to avoid the trauma of transcontinental travels for the animals. Message for the bestialists: in mother nature none of the Przewalski horses and Tarpans died a glorious end - being devoured after a chase by a wolfpack, or some feline predator or this way - http://www.griffure.com/mime/jpg/lascaux.jpg - at least that story ends quite quick.