Update: U.S. Horse Slaughter on Hold…for Now

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 1:00pm
Update: U.S. Horse Slaughter on Hold…for Now

We recently told you that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved applications for horse slaughter inspections at Valley Meat Company LLC in Roswell, New Mexico, and Responsible Transportation in Sigourney, Iowa. The USDA is likely to also grant horse slaughter inspections at Rains Natural Meats plant in Gallatin, Missouri, in the coming days.

This week we learned that no horse slaughter plants will be granted inspections until at least July 29 as a result of a lawsuit filed against the USDA by several animal welfare organizations.

This lawsuit buys critical time for our horses. The Agriculture Appropriations bills, which contain language that would prevent horse slaughter in the U.S., are expected to pass in the coming months. We are seeing building momentum for the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, which would prevent the slaughter of horses in the U.S., end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad and protect consumers from unknowingly ingesting toxic horse meat.

Please be a voice for horses TODAY: Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the SAFE Act to end this horrific threat to American horses and protect the public. This is a pivotal time for horses and they need your voice more than ever!

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Well said lobolady23, I'm behind you 1000 percent.......Why wouldn't the government listen???? Yes it's all about greed. Now their taking our mustangs. They totally ignore the 1971 "Wild horse and burro act" to protect them. This makes me sick


I totally agree with lobolady and Donna, greed is the biggest part. The mustangs being warehoused at Palamino Valley are being Abused,left to swelter in triple digit weather with no shelter and some have succumbed to the heat. What a shame the
people have delved into this heinous practice :(


I stand with all of you 100% as well- it makes me so sick that these people don't care at all about the actually sickens me and I have tried calling to stand up for them and the "Safe Act" but I am so worried for there anything else we can do?

Hearts For Anim...

Thank you for your remarks!

karin buckham

100 % agree with your statement, lobolady23. Tired of the same argument the pro-slaughter folks post.


While slaughter may not prevent the abandonment and/or starvation of "unwanted" horses, it is a solution of what to do with horses that are unwanted. I say unwanted because if they were wanted, they wouldn't have ended up at sale being purchased by a killer buyer.
The idea of horses being killed is gruesome and horrific, however, horses being abandoned without food, water or shelter, left to slowly starve to death and die of thirst, sick, injured and neglected, suffering excruciatingly for the long period of time that it takes them to die - THAT is even more gruesome and horrific.
Unfortunately people are not responsible. This is nothing new. I agree the entire situation is awful, but at this time slaughter is a viable option. I would much rather any living creature have a quick death than be tortured to death over months.


Wiley Coyote, many of the horses abandoned in the west are done so by kill buyers when they dump them at the border because they've been rejected at the slaughterhouses in Mexico. Starving and abandoned horses are a result of human ignorance. If slaughter houses reopen, it will get much worse because ignorant owners will have a disposal. Killing off horses so that people can continue to breed them irresponsibly is wrong. It will not solve the problem.


If you have indeed been an "outfitter, trainer, and breeder for over 50 years," I'd say it's high time you got out of the business, a**hole!

PJ-animal lover

I agree with you CatMomma, that if Wiley Coyote has been breeding horses for over 50 years it is high time he/she stopped adding to the problem of too many horses & not enough homes


How about the licensing and regulation of breeders?.. We have tougher laws in Canada when it comes to selling cars. As a Canadian I am disgusted that we slaughter horses but those of us that care are working to change that. Even if slaughter is banned here and in the United states, people will continue to breed for no other purpose then to turn a profit resulting in unwanted and neglected horses.