Victory! Congress Says Nay to Horse Slaughter in the U.S.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 4:45pm
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UPDATEThursday, Jan. 16, 7:30 P.M. Wonderful news! The U.S. Senate has just passed the FY2014 spending bill with the horse slaughter funding-limitation language intact. The president is expected to sign the bill by the end of the week. This means that no horse slaughter facilities will be permitted to open in the U.S. for the 2014 fiscal year. Congratulations and thanks are due to all our amazing animal advocates, who helped secure this victory.


The U.S. House of Representatives has just passed the federal government’s FY2014 spending bill, which contains language expressly prohibiting the use of tax dollars to inspect facilities that slaughter horses for human consumption. The massive funding bill is expected to pass the U.S. Senate and be signed into law by President Obama later this week, ushering in a ban on domestic horse slaughter nationwide.

“The message from Capitol Hill is loud and clear on this issue: Our horses deserve better and this abhorrent industry will not be tolerated,” says Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations. “We thank the members of the House for recognizing that using taxpayer dollars to fund the inhumane horse slaughter industry is reckless and wasteful, and urge the Senate to quickly pass this bill.”

In response to overwhelming public opposition to horse slaughter, Congress enacted a similar spending prohibition each year for FY2006 through FY2011. However, it failed to include the prohibition language in the FY2012 budget, opening the door for this gruesome practice to return to U.S. soil.

While the proposed FY2014 spending bill will protect American communities from the devastating environmental and economic impacts of horse slaughter facilities, it will not prohibit the transport of U.S. horses for slaughter across the border to Canada and Mexico. Last year, more than 160,000 American horses were victims of this grisly, foreign industry that produces unsafe, drug-tainted meat.

We can end this horror by passing the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (S. 541/H.R. 1094)—bipartisan legislation that would permanently end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat.

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We won't tolerate horse slaughter but we are OK with cattle slaughter, pig slaughter, baby goat and lamb slaughter? I don't know why we tolerate the slaughter of any animals for profit.

Monika Saupitty

I agree, yes so true


Are you people really that ignorant? Most horses should not be used for human consumption due to the wormers, etc. they receive. However, you have doomed them to long hours on trucks going to Canada or worse, Mexico; or in too many cases being abandonned and left to starve to death. Unfortunately, horses become sick, injured or may be unsafe to handle. Are you going to pay to have them put down and the bodies disposed of? That is what slaugher houses do, simply because many areas do not allow large animals to be buried on private property and the cost of having them removed is prohibitive. How about making all areas of the country have facilities to remove the bodies for a small fee. I would rather see a slaughter house that was regulated then having them sent out of the country.


YES most knowledgeable horse folks understand this. Horses crossing into Canada (eyelid's frozen shut and maybe some are body clipped and freezing) is MUCH more abusive then being slaughtered into the USA where all's they had to do is regulate them. Ones going to Mexico may have it worse. No water on their long trips etc. If one falls in the trailer they are down and trampled on for the trip. I agree the slaughter homes should open and be regulated to do all of this humanely. Where I live folks cannot afford their horses and they let them loose to fend and starve and at the horse auctions many folks leave the horses there and abandon them for the auction house to figure out what to do with them. This is a really bad move!!! Folks are clueless!!!


Gail, have you seen the horrific videos of stupid people trying to kill a horse in a stall made for cattle? It doesn't work, and then they hang the horse by it's back leg slit its throat and bleed out, sometime skinned alive. You are totally wrong.
Maybe with this law it will force the USDA and the BLM to play by the rules, like us common people.


I have watched cruel videos myself of all sorts of animals being killed inhumanely but that really has not much to do with the way the horses are slaughtered at these USA facilities..sounds like some back yard job which is cruel. Problem is they are killing them inhumanely in Mexico and maybe even Canada. Can you imagine a horse being shipped to Canada that was blanketed all winter then stripped of his blanket and freeze to death. They don't kill them immediately in Canada it takes a month or more because they have to allow the drugs to get out of their system. Meanwhile the horses freeze up there-eyelids frozen shut when being shipped. Or Mexico they are shipped and have a winter coat and go down in the Hot shipping rig with no water sweating. Better to have it here and regulated ..that is what she is referring too. Have it regulated that could be done. I am not for abuse of any animal I have a small animal rescue here and I don't take money from anyone-and I work for these critters. Small animals the same at least folks can send them to the pound..but I get them when they are dumped and starved and they also dump horses out where I live to starve. Many cannot be caught or handled.


Gail,,,I do not agree w/u at all.The reason I don't,,is I believe stopping horse slaughter here has stopped some cruelity here,,not all,,,but like a pie,,a piece of the cruelity,,that would be here,,,if it wasn't stopped..As far as the increaseing the over the border slaughters,,notice the word increasing,,,it is already happening,,,now,,,,again stopping any horse slaughtering in this country is just 1 piece of the pie that needs to stop,,,hopefully by the time ,''our'' generation dies,we will have the whole cruelity pie stopped,,jmo,,..Why can't we make it illegal to transport any ,''livestock'' out of our country that does NOT treat that ,''livestock'' w/ humane conditions???Why can't we put a law infront of congress like that to vote on??maryw

myrle horn

This is wonderful news, but can we keep this law going past 2014? This torture must stop and punishment should be severe for anyone transporting horses to any other country for this horrible act.


It only says that it prohibits the use of tax dollars to inspect plants where horses would be slaughtered for HUMAN consumption. It does not say a thing about horse slaughter houses being banned, or that they can't slaughter horses for other purposes such as pet food, hide use, cosmetics, etc.!


There is no such thing as "humane" slaughter; the very act itself is inhumane. The transport of horses across the borders is grisly and horrific; however, when did it become acceptable to trade one inhumane act for another inhumane act? I think most horse people understand that -- slaughter is not an acceptable means of euthanization, nor is it an acceptable means of controlling the overpopulation, either in the wild or domestic -- intentionally bred and thrown away. Easy disposal methods give breeders justification to continue to breed, give people who can no longer afford their horses an easy way to rid themselves of their "problem." Taking a horse into your home environment is no different than taking in a dog or cat -- it should be a lifetime commitment, that commitment including euthanization when necessary and disposal of the body. It does not mean taking the easy way out and throwing the horse to the slaughter facilities and transport. One reason people see slaughter as an alternative to starving or abandoned horses is that one is quite visual, the other is a dirty little money-making business that operates behind closed doors so that no one has to see, but it is all extreme cruelty. Education and personal responsibility are a start, as well as curbing breeding. I am happy there will be no slaughterhouses for 2014, but the fight will occur again next year. The SAFE act must get passed as well.