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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Nancy K

with the defunding in place .. horse slaughter plants can not open at all. Horsemeat is exported overseas and all food being exported from the US or entering our own food supply, no matter what it is, must be inspected by USDA or it not only cant be exported, it can not enter our own food chain. Horse slaughter is not nor has it ever been humane regardless of what the pro slaughter people want the uninformed to believe. Go to youtube and search horse slaughter to watch the many videos taken inside horse slaughter plants and you decide if the process is humane. the captive bolt was not designed for use on horses making it 100% ineffective at rendering a horses "insensible with 1 shot" as per the Humane Slaughter Act, resulting in horses being shot multiple times, average is 6 shots with as many as 22 shots, with over 90% of horses regaining consciousness within 30 seconds while they are strung up by 1 hoof and very much aware of their own vivisection.

These horses are not unwanted but the main reason horses end up at slaughter is because of the poor economy and rising costs of hay. Auction middlemen/Kill Buyers will misrepresent themselves and their intentions when buying from down on their luck horse owners who have no choice but to sell their horses at a cheap price. Kill buyers will outbid or drive up the bid price on private bidders looking to get a family horse and even outbid the rescues. There are many resources available to horse owners for low cost gelding clinics, end of life programs for the old and injured as well as hay banks to help with getting low cost hay to feed their horses.

The racing industry is the main contributor of the population of horses going to slaughter, 89% of racing stock goes to slaughter every year and they use the slaughter pipeline as their dumping ground. The AQHA averages 150,000 new foals being registered every year and the Jockey Club averages 25,000 new foals being registered which between those 2 breeds alone equals 175,000 yet 70% of QHs and 19% of TBs end up at slaughter so maybe now is the time for these 2 industries to start setting up breeding regulations to cut down on the amount of foals being produced every year. If they did that, the amount of horses going to slaughter would be reduced drastically.

Horse slaughter hasnt stopped in Mexico and Canada so our US horses will still end up at slaughter, for now. It is just, we the 80%+ of Americans, are not allowing it to happen on OUR soil.


yes but this just mean human consumption, how about dog food etc?? it is still alive and well just go to a horse sale and watch what they call loose horses

Suzanne Moore

We haven't used horse meat in dog food for decades. There is no etc. Even zoos and turning more and more to beef because their animals are healthier eating beef that horse meat which is laced with veterinary drugs not permitted in food animals.

Debbie Williford



Thank you so much yes yes yes

Teresa Cichon

This is ..I can't even describe what I am feeling. I am just so happy. Horses are a wonder created by God. they are majestic, powerful, beautiful, and the epitome of what is good in this world. I don't even know what I would do without mine. I love them all.


they're also deeeeeelicious

Elaine Brown

You know, that is really not funny. Even on a good day.


Who's being funny? I'll tout the wonders of equine cuisine until I'm hoarse.

Suzanne Moore

Fine. Move to some country where it's sold. Good-bye. Watch out for bute.