Victory—U.S. Horse Slaughter Rejected by U.S. House Committee!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 3:30pm

Horse lovers across America can celebrate a big victory. The U.S. House Appropriations Committee just approved an amendment that will prevent taxpayer dollars from being used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect U.S. horse slaughter facilities. By blocking this federal funding, the House has taken its first step to ensure that horse slaughter facilities cannot legally operate on U.S. soil. We will need your help to ensure this provision gets through the whole House and the Senate, so stay tuned for upcoming advocacy alerts.

While our current Congress has prided itself on reducing government spending, last year's agriculture funding bill actually omitted this provision—opening the U.S. market to the horse slaughter industry.

"Using taxpayer dollars to fund this abhorrent industry is a wildly unpopular decision," says Nancy Perry, ASPCA Senior Vice President of Government Relations. "At a time when funding for many vital programs is being cut, it is imperative that Congress not use $5 million of taxpayers' money to fund horse slaughter, a cruel practice that benefits only foreign interests."

Take Action!
Rep. Moran’s amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations bill protects American communities from the devastating environmental and economic impact of horse slaughter facilities, but the bill still has to pass the full House of Representatives. The House will vote on the bill on Tuesday, June 26. Please contact your U.S. representative today and urge him or her to pass the bill with the Moran Amendment intact and reject any attempts to fund horse slaughter during fiscal year 2013!



please stop horse slaughter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

maria vitale

This is a good thing! There will be no U.S slaughterhouses. Its true that horses will most likely still be shipped over our boarders. Thats why its crucial that they ban the transport of horses to slaughter. This way it will be illegal to export live horses to Mexico and Canada. Unfortunatly there are many illegal slaughterhouses popping up all over the U.S. WE need out local law enforcement againcies to step up to the plate and make sure these people are punished to the fullest extent of the law!


The Government just slaughtered the Horse Industry!
None of us prefer the sentencing to death or slaughter of any animal, regardless of the species; but, the reality of it all is, that we need horse slaughter houses as a practical alternative and solution to govern the horse population. Public Laws forbid burying a horse on your own property these days because of possible contamination of water sources and supplies; so, what’s the practical alternative or solution? I agree that the need of unnecessary suffering needs to be resolved in all slaughter houses, regardless of species . . . cow, pig, chicken, etc. As for horse meat for human consumption, if it is untainted and USDA inspected, it is an excellent source of meat protein and an alternative to beef, pork, poultry, and other human-grade meat sources. If that is too hard for the U.S. human meat industry to consider, use horse meat for carnivorous animal food diets, just as other animal sources are used. The horse industry has crashed since the close of horse slaughter houses, and reopening of the horse slaughter houses is the only resolution to the over population of horses in the U.S. Do you really think that hunter’s get the shot exactly right for an instant kill every time, or slashing the throats of cows and pigs is a quick death, or wringing the necks or cutting-off the heads of chickens is instantaneous demise? Sit-back and give serious thought to all animal slaughter solutions, not just that of horses; if you’re going to sympathize with one species of animal, sympathize with them all; but the end result and reality-check has been the same for thousands of years of animal slaughter for human and animal consumption. Citizens within the U.S. need to ban together and offer better solutions to the overall humane slaughter of animals for whatever the meat by-product use is and not the concentration of one species.

Adrianne Grade

Now we need to work on making it illegal to ship horses from the USA to other countries to be slaughtered. Only then will we have a REAL victory!!!!!

kim menser

this is a huge step in the wrong direction. Horses are live stock and to say they are different than sheep or cows is retarded. people are too busy giving human emotions to animals. I do not like the idea of slaughter, but to have the slaughter plants regulated by the USDA is better than horses being shipped 1000s of miles away to foreign plants where they can suffer even more along the ride and then when they arrive to the plant.
Without slaughter i sure hope Uncle Sam and all the other do gooders will pay to house and feed and care for these animals until their death. with up too 150k horses slaughtered each year, who is going to care for these animals? The over populated shelters? over populated rescues? Nope! These animals will be left to starve to death, die from dehydration, and killed by each other once abandoned. Blaming the horse population on TB breeding and QH breeding, and big breeders is dumb. Look at the millions of back yard breeders who think because they have a mare or a stallion they must breed it. Or they want their kids to see the "miracle of life." They constantly produce extreme poor quality horses, that then also end up in slaughter. So unless someone including myself can come up with a perfect plan to spare the horses bound for slaughter, slaughter is an unfortunate but a necessary evil.


Horse Meat is not fit for animal or human consumption.We give our horses drugs such as bute along with many others drugs.The drug remains in the meat and is poisonous to both man and beast.By letting these horses be shipped for slaughter knowingly they will be used for human and animal consumption makes us guilty of not only giving these horses a horrible dead,but also harming our fellow man

Linda Rentfrow

If horses aren't slaughtered here in the US are they shipped other places to be slaughtered? I mean are we prolonging the inevitable? I don't believe in horse slaughter, but if it makes it worse on the animal by having scary travel involved it might make sense.


I see many good ideas here from a lot of caring people, many of whom appear to feel as powerless as I do.

I do not agree that other farmed animals suffer less than horses do. I am reading the Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series and the debate about that seem to be ongoing. However, knowing and loving horses as we do, we empathize with their suffering and it is THEIR suffering that is at issue in this thread.

I completely agree that Horses should not be slaughtered, period. Horses should definitely not be shipped out of the US for slaughter either.

But what can one person do?
Maybe one person here can adopt a horse this week? I know it can't be me.
Maybe all of us here could organize a coalition to create a lobbying force?
I don't know how to do that but maybe someone here does?
Maybe we could all send letters to the governments of Switzerland, and other horsemeat eating countries and ask them to boycott horsemeat or at least American horsemeat (might be a start?)
Boycott products imported from horsemeat eating countries?
I don't have the answers.

Here are the few things I know I can do:
I no longer have any horses but if I ever have a horse under my guardianship again, I pledge to:
1. Take care of him or her for LIFE.
In the event of my death:
2. Put it in my will EXACTLY who should inherit the horse, having put that guardianship agreement in place orally and in writing ahead of time, and having a second party (another qualified horse person) in place as one who oversees that the inheritor is giving my horse the agreed upon level of care (and hopefully love).
3. Provide FUNDS for the horse to live out his or her natural life (this is difficult, to be sure).
4. If I am unable to secure an inheritor, then to swallow very hard and do the difficult deed of asking a trusted veterinarian and my family to humanely put down and bury my horse. It's horrible to think of putting down a vibrant horse, but the gruesome and highly possible alternative is much worse, I think.
Should the passage of time change circumstances for the inheritor of my horse, I would also require him or her to have the horse humanely euthanized and buried.

How I will accomplish this:
1. I will only adopt a horse if I can afford it, both financially and and time-wise.
2. In my case, being middle aged, I will only adopt an adult or older horse so that I have a good chance of outliving him or her.

While I am not a horse owner I am:
1. Helping out as much as I can at horse rescues (and other animal rescues).
2. Advocating for horses (and other animals) when I clearly see cruel treatment and/or neglect. If that makes me the nosey neighbor, so be it. I take pictures and send them to the proper authorities. I check back. I call animal control. I call again if need be.
3. When I learn that someone is contemplating first-time horse ownership, I offer guidance about proper care. Also, I casually check in from time to time. New owners need support.
4. When I learn someone is beginning to neglect their horse, I offer non-judgmental help. Tough economic times, sickness, life trauma can turn an otherwise good person into an absent horse parent. I do what I can for them. I offer grooming and a bit of exercise if I can't afford more.
I politely, but firmly, advocate for the horse's well-being.
5. When I learn that someone is selling their horse, I talk with them about where they are placing him or her and how they intend to follow their horse through its life. I'm amazed at some owners' reactions to this. Most seem to think that anyone will love their horse as much as they do.
NO ONE loves your horse like you do.

Granted, I have made the decision to dedicate a slice of my time to this kind of help and maybe few people can do that. But even someone with the busiest schedule in the world can do something. Give an afternoon to learning more and writing to government officials. Give $10 to the cause. Something. Anything.

Participating in this forum is another great step for me. I am very grateful to all of you for helping me see the issue a little more clearly (I still have a long way to go). I am also very grateful to know that people like you are out there. Caring, good people, who want the best for horses.

I will continue to visit this site. I look forward to learning more from you.
Thank you all, so much,


Leila Lappin

I am glad I read all the comments. I will not support a bill that will cause more pain and suffering.

I can’t imagine what ASPCA is thinking in supporting this effort. Do they think shipping the horses to Mexico or Canada will make the suffering of the horses less?!

If horses must be killed then the push should be monitoring the process better.


But the USDA is suppose to inspect ALL factory farms, but look @ how cows, pigs & chickens are treated from conception to their horrific dismemberment. Try using the monies to hire more inspectors & DO the job they were hired to do!!!