Breaking: Congress Moves to Ban Horse Slaughter in the U.S.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 1:30pm
Red horse looking straight ahead

Join us in supporting The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, introduced in Congress yesterday by Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Representatives Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL). This vital legislation will stop the transport of American horses to slaughter in Mexico and Canada, as well as permanently prevent it from occurring here in the United States. Please ask your Members of Congress to cosponsor the bill and help usher it to passage!

We’ve known for years that horse slaughter is an exceptionally cruel practice—whether it happens in the U.S. or elsewhere. Due to their biology and their psychology, horses cannot be slaughtered in a commercial setting without tremendous suffering and fear. 

We also know that horse meat is not even safe to eat! Horses are fed de-wormers and other toxic drugs that can cause terrible reactions—including death—in people who eat their tainted meat. Consumers in the E.U. are just discovering the dangers they have unwittingly been exposed to, and the scandal grows daily.

In spite of this mountain of damning evidence, the USDA is currently processing an application for a horse slaughter operation here in the United States. Roswell, New Mexico, may soon become ground zero for horse suffering.

The ASPCA has worked closely with federal legislators and other advocacy groups to develop the SAFE Act. This bill will stop the pain and the suffering of equines caught up in this grisly business. Please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to take action now to urge your U.S. senators and representative to cosponsor the SAFE Act.




This bill is long past due, I sure am hoping and praying that it can pass. The true issue here is overbreeding. Like the overpopulation of the pet problem of dogs and cats there are too many irresponsible owners that breed for no reason. This must stop


This is a Sick act to begin with. When they round them up and pen them up in conditions WORSE than what you'll EVER see on T.V from Animal Planet Horse rescues....

Pamela Conrad Austin

What needs to happen instead is; The horse industry needs to get a chance to balance itself without the falsely inflated prices that the slaughter plants are willing to pay. Horse owners and breeders need to be responsible for the humane beginning and ending of a horses life. Humane Euthanazia is not an insurmountable cost, 75 dollars if performed by a licensed veterinarian and removal of the carcass may be another $100.

Horses simply are not raised as slaughter animals, and have received many medications and substances such as phenylbutazone (bute) that are banned for use in slaughter animals, the meat will therefore never be suitable or safe for human consumption. By allowing horse meat for human consumption and spending tax dollars for this purpose, we are opening our government to a huge liability and will in fact become responsible for the poisoning of horse meat eating countries; the legal ramifications could be huge. There is no way to protect the consumer and if there was, it would cost a lot more than 5 million.

We have almost 10 million domestic horses in America. The approximate amount of 100,000 horses ending up in foreign slaughter plants are in all reality only 1% of the horse population. Not an insurmountable amount to be absorbed back into society as the pro slaughter “United Organizations of the horse” would like us to believe. It would take only a slight adjustment of the breeding industry, to make sure that every horse in America would have a good home.

It is the want and need for human attention and praise that gives the horse its incredible versatility. It is these same qualities that are a major factor in the assessment of the amount of mental and physical suffering involved with horse slaughter. The myth that horse slaughter can be in any way quick or humane, is a wishfull, far fetched stretch of the truth to say the very least.

We gain nothing by it. Horse slaughter plants are all foreign owned corporations. Every argument for preserving the barbaric practice of horse slaughter, is greed motivated, un-factual and clearly deceptive. Horse slaughter is unacceptable and beyond un-necessary. It is time to find solutions to the problems we create without compromising our humanity.

Susan Nunez

We are speaking for those who can't speak for themselves . Please ban horse slaughter!
Thank you


So what are you planning to do with all the surplus horses from for example, the racing industry ? Until there is a viable option in place you can't just go banging on about "stop this it's inhumane". I don't like it but I like starving neglected horses even less.






1.The Risks of Bute: (VERY LOW) Aplastic anaemia is rare. Historic evidence suggests around one person in 30,000 exposed to bute when used as a human medicine suffered a serious side-effect, but they were exposed to significantly higher doses than any residue likely to have entered the food chain. Residues found in horses testing positive for bute have been a thousandth of the therapeutic human dose. The Food Standards Agency advice has been that the risk exists but is very low.

2. Those livestock brokers (kill buyers) save more lives, then are known! Many buy underweight, untrained horses. Get them back to a healthy weight, and if they can trains the horse and resells it. Also, I find it funny that HSUS makes you believe these type are evil, but yet trust them to house horses. I’m going to tell you a true story that happened to a friend of mine (livestock broker). There was a guy who had three horses, he owned them for quite a few years, never once neglected or abandoned, he lost his job, tried taking them to a sale, could not sell them. Brought them home, and posted for sale, hoping someone would take them. Instead HSUS got news of these horses with very little feed (as the man was running out), so they came seized the horses, turned them over to my friend (known kill buyer) paid him 1,000 dollars a month plus bought hay. And proceeded to take this guy to court. Now wouldn’t it have made more sense to buy the man hay? But nope HSUS would rather act like they are out for welfare of animals, when they are first to spread lies to help there agenda! To stop agriculture!

3. Those that chose to let there horse loose, instead of taking to a horse sale, do need prosecuted! But you will never catch all of them! Also people need to realize domestic horses cannot survive in the wild! They usually suffer starvation, or get hit by vehicles.

4. Us cattle folks are standing up for this, because some of us use horses on the ranch, and want to be able to make a profit on the working livestock as well.

5. Everyone brings up how horrible it would be to have a slaughter house in your town! Well it ain’t no different then our cattle, pigs, and poultry slaughter houses we have now

6. As I am also in the sport of horses and frankly I believe horse racing is more inhumane than slaughter! making an animal compete at such high levels at an early age and having the bute pounded in them to stay sound that my friend is INHUMANE! I've seen it all over the horse show world as well! My horses win, drug free! If you have to drug a horse that is not winning in my book!

7.Put your money where your mouth is then? So your not worried about how much it costs a year! Good for you, but what about the land issue? Where are you going to put every horse? Without over crowding them? If you own horses you know there is a shortage of hay this year, so what are all the horses supposed to eat in the dead of winter? Or even in summer, cuz with the over population of horses, pastures are not being properly managed, and overgrazed? So banning slaughter, you just sentence more unwanted horses, overall welfare of all horses as then the wanted horses are suffering, because you want to save every horse!!

8. I read a statement the other day that says it all "to treat an animal HUMANELY, doesn't mean treat them as a human!"

9. I'm very much educated and have looked into this subject! See.. I was like you a few years ago, no don't kill my pretty horse! I met my husband who is pro slaughter, we had many debates about the subject! So I was determined like you to prove him wrong. Instead I got proven wrong! The drugs are not as toxic as PETA and HSUS want you to believe! I realized by my research these animal rights groups come up with bogus facts to line there pockets. I have seen the videos and pictures, that is what is happening to them now by forcing them over the border! Yes, they have always been shipped across the border however we need it back as then there will be many more humanely killed! I've seen the devastating fact, that horses that should be worth tens of thousands go for only $500. That is not in the best interest of the horse! I see to many adds stating looking for a free horse! There should be no such thing! Because if you can't afford to pay for an animal then you certainly can't afford to feed one and all the other cares that come with horses!

10. Banning slaughter will only bring more nut jobs like this out! Stop hiding behind arguments of breeders, cuz most responsible breeders have cut back! Theproblem is you have to many "oh my mare is pretty (even though she can't be riddrn!) And your stud is pretty, we should breed to have a pretty baby! " people like that and im sure there is some on here are the problem! Can't wait till slaughter is legal again! It's coming folks, no matter how much you cry about it!

11. I can speak from personal experience a horse is like any other animal, can turn on you without warning! Had two geldings do this to me! One i broke and rode for almost a year was a total sweety, then one night he was his same sweet self, saddled him up, got on him, without warning in a blink of an eye he was a bronco at the nfr! Found absolutely no reason for it, tack properly fit, nothing new about the ride! The next one I only owned for two weeks as he was manageable for the most part but then one day walked out he lunged at my son just walking by the pen, would not allow me to catch him! Had to rope him, had him evsluated by a vet (which was hard as he would constantly try and kick and bite us)! Anyway after trying to figure put why the change and was no reason other than something in his brain, he was shipped for safety concern for my child! So no horses are never predictable! Ive seen kid broke horses turn! They are animals and have a mind of there own! Stop putting them on a human pedastle!

12.I've trained and showed many cattle as well as horses! Every animal has a difference, but the point is they are all livestock, and have there own minds! I've even had two cows, I could put a halter on, jump on there back and ride around the pasture, like I would my horse!

And Finally... euthanasia is Poison! It's chemicals that kill the horse!


This is a disgusting and vile act that should not be allowed to continue . horses are what macks this word living for !!!!!!!!!!!


I am totally in favor of banding slaughterhouses and the transporting of horses out of the US for slaughter. But someone has to come up with a viable way to humanely euthanize these horses. I have gone to horse auctions, where trailers meant for cattle are lined up outside awaiting all the kill horses that no one will buy at auction. I am so distressed when I see this. But I don't see any recommendation as to how this situation should be handled instead.