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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night magic

this is fantastic it shows people do still care .these majestic animals should never end up at the slaughter house they should be allowed to roam in the paddock until the day they die .their last memory should nt be of fear and pain !!!!!

Coscientious Ob...

What makes a horse different than from a pig, cow, chicken, or a fish. Just because you can see them on a movie doesn't mean they should be treated differently. By outlawing horse slaughter in the US you have killed horses by the millions. Farmers can no longer afford to feed them as prices for sale have plummeted. Most now go without food and without a proper farrier seeing them. The farmers leave them where they are and they reproduce to never be cared for. Your logic in outlawing horse slaughter is backward and harmful


They are different (at least the horses in the USA that we are talking about) because the pigs and chickens did not live a lifetime of being partners with humans, learning to trust us and carry us to victory on the racetrack or show arena, only to be used up and thrown away when they become injured or old. Any animal (pigs and chickens included) who has spent years providing for us deserves retirement or a dignified and stress-free euthanasia, not to have the last possible dollar squeezed out of their life.


I am glad the slaughter houses will not be opening, but celebrating this as the year of the horse rings very hollow when daily overcrowded trailers full of U.S. horses travel many torturous hours to Canada and Mexico. We must press on to stop our horses being transported for slaughter. Keep pressing to have the SAFE ACT H.R.1094 and S.541 passed through the House and Senate.



Patricia Akers

Oh, oh, oh! I'm SOOOOO Happy! I just read what our Congress has FINALLY done to protect OUR HORSES! Thank you sooo much for not allowing horse slaughterhouses to be reopened in the U.S. I'm hoping they will go the FULL ROUTE by banning ALL HORSE EXPORTS to Mexico and Canada so all of Our Heritage will not be suffering and needlessly killed for what they call in Europe and Japan Health Food! It definitely IS NOT! Thank you again though, for not allowing this torture in the U.S. Oh JUST MADE MY DAY!

kerrie grant

Way to GO!!! wonderful i hope obama does disn the ban, and that slaughtering horses has an end at last


Exporting horses for slaughter is despicable beyond measure. Society is regressing to the base level of some of the countries who have no respect for human life let alone those of such beautiful creatures of God. I have too few words for the contempt level I have reached after 20 years of rescuing abused and neglected Shelties and I have seen the neglect of horses on this website and others. It makes a person just sick. Thank you, ASPCA for being so vigilant and caring.

Alice Enix

Slaughter, in probably the ONLY passionate thing we can do for all the unwanted horses. Just in the State of Georgia. 80,000 horses. Owners that cannot afford to feed them anymore, tie them up in a stall, where nobody can see them, and allow them to slowing starve in their own waist. Sometime it takes months and months for these animals to die. If you have a extra stall or barn, We have about 30 horses that need a home. Each horse, is not rideable and are unfriendly.
If you can help please call us: Alice Enix 770-527-0428
Thank you for any possible support,
Your Friend & Animal Lover


Folks have no idea of what is happening when times get rough. I know of a local auction where folks would bring their horse to sell, and while they are inside the auction house selling their horse, they come out to find someone tied another unknown horse to their horse trailer or someone put a horse in their horse trailer and left. Folks don't know what to do with them when they are stuck with them. And it is costly to put down a horse and dispose of a horse, especially if it is illegal to bury on private property. Something has to be figured out, many horses are starving too. Starving is very painful way to go for any critter.