Horses have become one of the most beloved animals of our culture, a true companion much like the dog or cat.
Horses have been a critical part of American history in work, war and sport. However, many horse lovers across the country are now trying to undo what they say is an injustice.
Congress recently lifted the ban on funding for horse meat inspections.
The public is overwhelmingly against horse slaughter, but some ranchers in Wyoming and Montana say that the meat-packing industry can give horses that are too old or injured a quick, dignified death.
They say it's cheaper than putting the horses down, which can cost more than $200 per animal plus disposal fees.
Even PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, supports horse slaughter saying they would rather accept that evil than allow horses to starve to death or be mistreated.
However, people opposed to horse slaughter argue it's not the sick horses being put to death, it's the healthy ones. Of 138,000 horses exported for slaughter last year to Canada and Mexico, 92 percent were in good health.
Joining FOX 2's Huel Perkins and Monica Gayle was Carolyn Sanders. She runs the Sand Stone Farms horse rescue in Ortonville. In her view, slaughter is not the answer for unwanted horses.
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To learn more about the Sand Stone Farms Rescue Mission, visit www.sandstonefarm.info.