More than 3,100 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, “Would you have supported the proposed South Dakota horse slaughter plant incentive?

Results were as follows:

  • No: 58.95% (1,841)
  • Yes: 41.05% (1,282)

You can read more about the proposal at South Dakota Legislators to Consider Horse Slaughter Plant Incentive and South Dakota Legislators Kill Slaughter Incentive Bill.

All comments submitted by poll respondents are listed below.

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  • Disgusting to think of destroying a horse. They are in our care and should be treated well not killed
  • I would like to know what other alternative there are for people that can’t
  • It’s all about money. Zoos and pet food plants could support new slaughter plant with incentives!
  • Absolutely! There has to be so