And at 100,000 horses per year that works out to over 8,000 per month now heading out of the country (or 1,000,000 a decade!) to slaughter.
So if 1/2 of the people have the resources to continue caring for their horses, that's only 50,000 a year left, or 4,000 a month that need a place to go.
If 1/2 are sold to other buyers (have you read the posts about people with nice, well-trained horses that can't get them sold? How about the giveaways section or the comments on all the Craigslist ads giving horses away?),
Now we are down to 25,000/year or 2,000/ month (and remember next month there will be another 2,000!) that still need homes.
Yep, but no one feels the need to find a solution that will ensure the horses are cared for or put down, not your problem.
And putting them down at the reasonable euthanasia rate of $100 each (good luck finding that, not to mention the costs of burying/disposal) that's only $200,000/month to put them down (and remember, there will be more next month!). But that's okay, I'm sure those rescues can handle it, it's not your problem, after all.
As far as the last bolded part, how well is that working for dogs and cats? Can't find them a new home, too bad, just keep them.....yep, because the person willing to sell or give a horse to a KB is going to be concerned about continuing to feed and shelter them, just like all those smaller, cheaper pet owners are, and why those pet shelters are empty.
I suppose those auctioners can just call the owners up to come get them, and when they don't? What then? Call the police? Call animal control? And when the owner says they can't feed them what then? Say "too bad, take them home to starve"?
But that's okay, you're not responsible, just end slaughter with no responsibility for anything, and when the after effects set in shake your head, walk away, and say "Gee, that sucks for them"?
Seriously folks, find a reasonable solution and the funds to implement it and I'll be all for it and be posting on these threads "But we can....!!!!!!" constantly!