The New York Times published a story on Friday regarding the shipment of horses to Mexico and Canada after the last slaughterhouse in the United States has been closed (see previous posts on the horse meat ban here and here). While the story tends to take the view that this is an unintended consequence of the ban, it seems to me that it is rather an inescapable, but hopefully self-correcting problem. The article indicates that the price for horses has dropped precipitously. (Sadly, part of the anecdotal evidence of this price drop is reflected in the story's reference to an individual who shot 28 of his horses after they failed to fetch any bids at auction). Therefore, at some point it will not be cost effective to ship horses long distances in return for the price paid for their meat.
“It’s a step closer to the long-term goal of banning slaughter in North America,” said Wayne Pacelle, chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States. “There are fewer horses slaughtered.” As a longer term solution, the article also mentions pending federal legislation that would forbid the sale and transport of horses for human consumption, thereby banning the export market.