There have definitely been some major issues with how equine slaughterhouses are operated in this country. I remember being horrified at a documentary depicting the horrible abuses horses bound for slaughter endured. This should never have been allowed, nor should it ever be again. It is completely possible to humanely care for and slaughter a horse both on the way to and during slaughter. Anyone who hunts or raises their own meat (our ancestors, for example) can attest to that.
We had dogs a few years ago that we took in to be spayed and have their dew claws removed. There were just two dogs, one weighing 10 pounds and the other about 30. I am told the cost of spaying depends on their weights, but these were not large dogs by any means. The total cost for those two services? A whopping $500. I was appalled, to say the least. In a procedure that takes very little time and is completely standard, I can see no reason for such ridiculous charges.
As playful and acrobatic as kittens, sea otters win the hearts of everyone who watches them frolic in the ocean. They are a huge draw for ecotourism and the locals treasure them as well. Overall, they are a boon for the local economies.
Sea otters have the densed fur of any mammal on Earth and were much prized by hunters in the 1800's and earlier. In fact, they were they were hunted to near extinction across much of their geographic range which is one reason environmentalists and others who love sea otters move so actively to protect them.