But it is strange to me that the anti-slaughter stance is often "well, most of them will be okay" when it comes to discussing the future of the horses that will be saved from slaughter,
yet when told that "most" going to slaughter are "okay", (as in not injured, hung and bled alive), the cry is "One is too many!!!!!!! Not a single one should have to suffer!!!!!!"
Why is one (or a few thousand) suffering okay when it's not by slaughter, but one (or a few thousand) is an acceptable margin when it comes to asking about a decent plan for the humane care for the ones saved?
All I am told is "they have owners, that's their problem, those laws about animal cruelty that we complain aren't working when it comes to shipping to slaughter will miraculously work perfectly when it comes to those that now have no decent place to go".
I spent quite a bit of the 90's and early 2000's going to quite a few auctions every weekend in CO, picking up horses to resale. That very vast majority of people knew that their horses were at risk when they brought them. I repeatedly was hugged and thanked for buying their horse, with statements of "oh,I was so afraid Art/Charlie (KBs) was going to outbid you!" However, only one person ever cared what I was going to do with them.
So these owners sat right there and watched the bidding, and made no move to no-sale them (some of these people brought multiple horses, and some of them did go to the KBs, so proof they would not have stopped the bidding if it was obvious who was buying). And if you are at an auction for more than a few minutes, it's pretty obvious who the KBs are.
And the ones that drop them off and have a check mailed?
Sorry, that's no different than dropping your dog at the kill shelter: you are avoiding reality so you can tell yourself "Oh, I'm SURE my unbroke, untrained cribber (or insert "dog" for the shelter) got a great home with a little girl".
And yes, some people do get those horses under false pretenses, usually the free ones so they have even less expense to offset profit. I have yet to hear of a KB buying a horse under false pretenses for more than the going auction rate (that would be quite stupid, but it's possible).
As I have said (repeatedly), I do not believe every horse that is "saved" if slaughter is stopped is going to find itself in dire straights, but I also don't see how that many more horses are all going to be okay. And when I ask what plans are in place for them, it is always a "it won't be a problem, those owners will do the right thing" or "well, that's what those cruelty laws (the ones you say can't work for the slaughter system) are for." I have NEVER heard anyone say "well, we are going to XXX, YYY and if we have to ZZZ."
What happened to the rallying cry "ONE IS TOO MANY"? Why does that only apply to the ones being slaughtered?