Horse lovers generally fall into two categories regarding the debate over horse slaughter: those in favor of the practice as a means to prevent suffering of unwanted animals and those who see horses as pets and think they shouldn't be a food animal. Since the U.S. reinstated funding for horse slaughter plant inspections in 2011, at least two businesses have moved to begin operation, but legal obstructions persist. In the meantime, thousands of U.S. horses are abandoned by owners or shipped in poor conditions to neighboring countries for slaughter in facilities beyond the reach of U.S. standards.

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