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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Aria Edry

I am so happy and emotional. I can't help tearing up. I am so very grateful to all those who have been fighting this and not letting up. It was so easy to get discouraged. I must admit I was - now let the floodgates open to press passage of SAFE Act HR 1094 and S541.


The same amount of horses end up going to slaughter. Now they just have a longer trailer ride to Canada or Mexico, where there is not the same standards and many horses will die in the trailer on the way there. It is delusional to think that this means these horses will end up in a loving home instead. As a horse lover, this is the worst news if you want the most humane option available for horses whose owners have tossed them away. Rescues can't take them all. Stop irresponsible breeding, push for stricter humane slaughter laws. This just makes it so we have no control for how these horses will be killed in other countries.


I am in total agreement with Rachel. This doesn't stop slaughter at all. As Rachel says, now the horses have a longer, more terrifying and inhumane trip to Mexico or Canada.....without food or water.....stallions with babies and mothers, pregnant's criminal. We have simply tossed the problem aside and what little oversight there was by FDA/USDA is now gone. STOP BREEDING HORSES.....especially backyard breeders who have nothing but financial gain in mind. THERE ARE ENOUGH HERE ALREADY TO SATISFY ANYONE'S desire for ownership. Slaughter of horses will it will be a much more brutal trip to death. I have had an equine rescue for almost 20 years......Abolishment of slaughter within the US simply puts the problem out of our sight so we don't have to deal with the real issues.......overbreeding.

Suzanne Moore

Please read the first posts on this subject. I'm tired of answering the same old pro-slaughter propaganda. I answered this already in earlier posts and so did others. READ IT!


Exactly right. There are worse things than being slaughtered in the U.S. and one of those is to be slaughtered in Mexico. I'm afraid that people find it so pleasant to pat ourselves on the back for banning horse slaughter, they completely fail to look at the big picture. Cause and effect is not always intuitive and banning horse slaughter is probably only INCREASING the amount of suffering American horses go through.

Suzanne Moore

If you had ever actually SEEN horse slaughter like I have, you would KNOW that nothing, absolutely NOTHING is worse.


Hi Rachael,
The way I read the S.A.F.E. Act is that horse slaughter for human consumption will be banned in the U.S. AND THEIR EXPORT ABROAD for that purpose will be banned. So I am confused by your comments about trailer rides etc. Please clarify.
This is my total solution (I have details, not included here) , it is optimistic but I think doable over 10-20 years. I intend to work diligently to get it implemented. Suggestions are welcomed.

1) Pass the S.A.F.E. Act as a first measure and start designing a system to discourage casual breeding (tax penalties or whatever disincentive we can dream up). Get horse registries to buy into this. Objective: GREATLY REDUCE HORSE POPULATION to a level that is ideal, where people who want a horse can still have one.

2) As soon as S.A.F.E. is passed, introduce a bill to ban slaughter period -- for any purpose! As part of that bill, drug induced euthanasia is required to kill a horse. Requirements: Must be administered by a Vet in humane environment and dead horse must be cremated. Third part of that bill? -- HEAVY fine and jail time for those who decide not to follow this law.

Kate Van Heule

There are no words to express my gratitude. Thanks to all who worked so hard to made this happen.

Elaine Brown

Lots of tears of Joy and Gratitude!

Now we need to stop the shipment of American horses to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. We have the same Congress for one more year - an election year, so we need to double our efforts to pass the SAFE ACT in 2014 truly the Year of the Horse.

Elaine Brown

Do we know whether this bill still had the detrimental to food and animal safety Steve King amendment in it?