After watching the video, I was curious if there weren't already laws against such abuses. What I found was all these different laws pertaining to different animals and in different situations (apparently leaving a lot of loopholes). Plus, in this case, two countries are involved. So for instance, re the 36-hour trip, while the U.S. has laws about the maximum length of time you can transport horses (28 hours) without unloading them for rest, water, and food (for 5 hours), that law wouldn't have been broken *while* the trucks/horses were still within the U.S. Now as to re-opening slaughterhouses, I had the same thought. A problem there is that we don't allow slaughter of horses for human consumption. One issue is that animals raised for food have certain laws re diet/drugs and are inspected throughout that process - from farm to slaughterhouse to ensure standards are met (at least in theory!); whereas, the horses headed for slaughter (in the clip) were workhorses or racehorses, in any event, not raised for food consumption. So... it's not as if they could be slaughtered here *with* their current intended purpose. Still, there's got to be an answer. What's happening now is unconscionable.
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir
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