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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There are humane ways of putting horses down. Please ask your Vet. One cannot promise to keep a horse like a pet for life one reason economics and hay prices. Hay was $2.00 a bale and now $8.00-$15.00 it is just not practical. Folks are clueless that are not in the horse industry sorry!


Also there was an article that the "horse people" did want the slaughter back in the states and they tried to fight this. Also when a horse is lame or sick they have to be put down. A horse suffers standing on all 4 hooves all day when in pain-being badly lame and Vets do put them down. That is also costly for folks. However I am not for ANY abuse of horses or any other animals PERIOD so please don't get me wrong. It is just we as horse folks have seen the bad repercussions of what happened when they pulled this ban years back and now these horses have to travel afar and are being tortured in ways non horse folks do not understand. They are still being slaughtered folks just not on our soil. If we did it here where we could regulated it and fix these issues correctly. Folks that have never been to an auction weekly have NO clue how many horses are out there--Thousands will go thru these auctions weekly in a 100 mile radius-not all for slaughter. If you all care that much then give more money to your rescues or take in a rescue horse!


I disagree. If you take ownership of a horse, you should be well aware that hay prices, vet care, etc., can become enormous -- same as with any other pet. If you are for slaughter, you are for abuse and cruelty -- plain and simple. You are operating under the misconception that U.S. slaughterhouses, because they are regulated, could not possibly have cruel activities going on. Take a look at the videos and reports. Slaughterhouses are a breeding ground for people, industries, management, who have a tendency toward cruelty. When the US had the three slaughterhouses operating, it was two in TX and one in Illinois. Do you think the horses being transported from points a great distance, for instance Maine or Washington and various points in between, did not subject the horses to the same conditions you speak of -- they were stacked in double-decker cattle trucks (built for short-necked, short-stature cattle), and were trampled (sometimes killed, sometimes suffering days and hours with broken bones), deprived of water and food, suffered days of travel in the elements. The "horse folks" you speak of are likely to be driven by monetary overtones wherein money is more important than a living, breathing being. Again, there is great interest in breeding, $elling, sporting, and exploiting. horses -- that does not make you a horse person. If it is not money that is the driver for the slaughter issue, ignorance and indifference also play a lesser part.


I agree with what you are saying I am saying they need to regulate this period. I am mostly not happy with the way they are shipped. I have owned horses for over 40 years and well aware of all of this but now it is worse what is happening to them. I don't like horse slaughter but this does not help the situation and you are WRONG about horse economics. Folks may be well aware of it but get into a bad situation financially, divorce or whatever, and have a lame horse etc. Or like it happened here there was a drought and hay was hard to get and went sky high over night. I am not saying that is a reason to kill them but many let them starve. What is the solution? I don't have an answer but this is not making it better for horses to be shipped out of this country.


Secondly and Again I do agree with you! And I did read your past post that you DO understand that some folks get into an economic pinch. Yes there has to be an "easy" and inexpensive way to put a horse down and dispose of the body like you say. I personally have never sent a horse to "slaughter" and just that definition alone is not clear maybe also? Could mean just "kill for food" it seems or "killed brutally" like in war when I looked it up. Once a horse is killed humanely does it matter if it goes to dog food? I am sure to some folks. I am not sure I would like it to go for human consumption personally. They are trying to regulate "factory farms" with camera's. I don't have a solution, and hopefully they will have a year to figure this out. I think the bigger concern that is missing by many folks is that many doesn't realize the cruelty of how they are shipped, housed, and put down. I am totally against that cruelty period and that should not be tolerated. Folks need to find a better way. But even with small animals many unwanted pets go to the shelter and get put down. They just don't have anything like this except rescues and they are overcrowded and underfunded. People need to donate more to the rescues or open their own up.


Agree totally.


With Kay, I mean!


Please forgive my naivete but the wording in this article indicates that this new legislation will prohibit "inspection" of these facilities. How can that be a considered a victory? Surely if inspections are allowed then hopefully this despicable practice is to some extent being monitored. Can someone please clarify? Secondly, how the transportation costs across borders in any way be considered less expensive than the cost of disposing of a horse humanely in its resident locale? Are fuel and other transportation costs really that inexpensive in the USA? I seriously doubt they are. Thirdly, the horse is synonymous with the history and culture of the USA as a form of transport as indeed it has been with most countries across the world. It is disgusting that we as a species should treat this noble animal, that was largely responsible for our ancestors mobility and served humanity throughout the ages, as a mere form of livestock for consumption. Readers are urged to google the intrepid action of the legendary 18th Century South African horseman, Wolraad Woltemade, who rescued, on horseback, 14 drowning passengers of a ship wrecked off the SA coast. On his 8th venture to rescue more sailors, his exhausted steed was unable to sustain the weight of the many sailors who desperately tried to hitch a ride on his horse and all were drowned. The legacy remains and this magnificent animal species deserves better status and recognition for its invaluable contribution to mankind throughout history.


If the government is prohibited from inspecting these facilities, they cannot operate; hence, they will not allow any slaughterhouses to open in 2014 (unless someone can find a loophole, and, trust me, they are always looking. The horses being shipped to Mexico and Canada are horses sold, usually at auction, and are bought by or resold to "killer buyers" who then take truckloads of horses across the border for a profit -- it is all about money. You are absolutely correct about horses being noble and their part in history, and currently, for that matter. They are great therapeutic animals for children and teens (probably others) with physical and mental disabilities, and the list goes on. I must read the wonderful story you speak of!


animals are helpless and need people to realize that they have feelings to. If you give them love they give it back ten times more and are your faithful friend for life