Breaking News: 2014 Is, Indeed, the Year of the Horse!

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 9:30pm
Horse leaning over a fence

The U.S. Congress just released the brand new funding bill for FY2014 – a massive bill involving more than a trillion tax dollars – and we are thrilled to announce that horse slaughter will not be coming back to United States soil.

The ASPCA worked day and night to ensure that tax dollars would not be spent on inspections that enable the slaughter of horses for human consumption. We worked closely with other animal welfare organizations, consumer safety groups, as well as thousands of citizens representing the 80% of Americans that oppose horse slaughter, and Congress has listened. The message from Capitol Hill is loud and clear on this issue: Our horses deserve better and this dangerous industry must not be tolerated. Horse slaughter has no business here

Advocates fought hard when the Agriculture Appropriations bill was being considered at committee level, winning votes in both the House and Senate that amended the bills to prohibit funding for horse slaughter inspections.  And tonight, we finally know that this horse slaughter funding limitation is intact! Congress is not expected to make any changes to the bill text at this stage of the game, so the writing is on the wall for any efforts to open horse slaughter plants in the U.S.  Both chambers are expected to pass the bill, and the president is expected to sign it into law, later this week.

Now is the time for Congress to take the final step in protecting America’s horses from this nightmarish industry, by passing the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 1094 / S. 541) to prevent both the slaughter of American horses for human consumption in this country, and their export for that purpose abroad.

Be a voice for horses and urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the SAFE Act today!

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Thank God!

Mary Britell

Thank you for all of your hard work regarding equine welfare...and for all creatures great and small.

Mary Britell

Thank you for all of your hard work regarding equine welfare...and for all creatures great and small.


And yet horses are to this day still being shipped to slaughter, January 27, 2014. There are groups trying to save them, one horse at a time. They go to the feedlots every day and take pictures of the feedlot horses and try to get them bought from the killbuyer before they ship to Canada for slaughter. Pregnant mares, yearlings, old horses, mules. The owners of these animals take them to auction and allow killbuyers to buy them. Please go to or to West-Coast Equine Rescue on facebook to see the horses they are trying to save, every day, every week. There are many groups trying to save the horses One Horse At A Time.


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