horse-pennedHorse Slaughter is a business that horse welfare advocates, like Lifesavers, and yourself, have been fighting against since 1997.  Even though the three U.S. plants were closed in Texas and Illinois in 2007 due to health violations the threat of re-opening plants in the U.S. is looming.

“When Horse Slaughter Comes to Town” (HorseFund.org)

There are horse slaughter proponents working very hard to make horse butchering in this country legal again.

To be clear, American horses have been regularly slaughtered in Canada and Mexico all along, even before the U.S. plants were closed.  Advocates for the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act have been trying to get a federal law passed to protect our horses from slaughter in and out of the U.S., but every year the Senate refuses to vote on it thus stalling it and the bill ends up dying a slow death on the floor – just like our horses die on the floor of the killing plants.

Hope springs eternal in my heart and I believe, with the voice of America speaking out against cruelty to horses, we can stop this barbaric business from spilling the blood of our beloved horses.  Once one plant is opened in the states, you can be sure there will be others.  Maybe even in your neighborhood.

The state of Oklahoma recently passed legislation to make horse slaughter legal in their state.

Horse Slaughter is a business that horse welfare advocates, like Lifesavers, and yourself, have been fighting against since 1997.  Even though the three U.S. plants were closed in Texas and Illinois in 2007 due to health violations the threat of re-opening plants in the U.S. is looming.

“When Horse Slaughter Comes to Town” (HorseFund.org)

There are horse slaughter proponents working very hard to make horse butchering in this country legal again.

To be clear, American horses have been regularly slaughtered in Canada and Mexico all along, even before the U.S. plants were closed.  Advocates for the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act have been trying to get a federal law passed to protect our horses from slaughter in and out of the U.S., but every year the Senate refuses to vote on it thus stalling it and the bill ends up dying a slow death on the floor – just like our horses die on the floor of the killing plants.

Hope springs eternal in my heart and I believe, with the voice of America speaking out against cruelty to horses, we can stop this barbaric business from spilling the blood of our beloved horses.  Once one plant is opened in the states, you can be sure there will be others.  Maybe even in your neighborhood.

The state of Oklahoma recently passed legislation to make horse slaughter legal in their state.

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The hope to ban the slaughter of all American horses whether in this country or another lies with the SAFE Act – Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013. Read about Hope on the Horizon…here.

Horse Slaughter Concerns (some excerpts from Humanesociety.org)

Environmental concerns – Some 900,000 horses die annually and are safely disposed of by means other than slaughter, and the infrastructure can easily absorb an increase in numbers. More than one million cattle die each year with no resulting environmental hazards. Rendering, incineration, and burial are all options, depending on local laws.

Conversely, the operation of horse slaughterhouses has a very real negative environmental impact. All three of the last domestic plants to close were in violation of local environmental laws related to the disposal of blood and other waste materials.

Health concerns – Drugs given to horses are considered dangerous when consumed by humans.  In the U.S., both competitive and recreational horses are routinely given medications such as Phenylbutazone (horse aspirin), wormers, Kopertox (hoof care), Clenbuterol (a bronchodilator used by racehorses), and a variety of fly repellents. None of these medications is approved for use in animals raised for food. According to the Veterinarians for Equine Welfare, “Horsemeat derived from any U.S. horse can never be regarded as safe for human consumption.”

Cruelty concerns –  Slaughter is not humane euthanasia but is often referred to as a humane method of disposing of old, infirm, and/or lame horses.  The reality is that it is one of the most horrifying ends that any animal can endure.  There is nothing humane about it as much as those who stand to make profits off of horse slaughter would like you to believe they are doing our country a great service.  There are many videos and first hand accounts of the process that will send shivers down your spine and will change you forever if you have the strength to watch or listen.

The truth is the meat buyers prefer young, plump, healthy horses as their meat is better quality than old or sick horses.  I have seen first hand the horses that are bought and sold for slaughter – Lifesavers has saved hundreds and hundreds of them from that pain and suffering.  I know.  You can trust me if you don’t already know it for your self.  Our horses deserve a kinder way to leave this world when their time has come.

Humane euthanasia involves a veterinarian, drugs that allow a horse to go to “sleep”, and responsible disposal of the carcass after the horse is pronounced dead.

Crime increase concerns –  Many domestic horses are stolen out of pastures and barns every year for the horsemeat trade.  As new outlets are available for selling horses and the price per pound increases, there will be more theft and unscrupulous trading of people’s pet horses, companion horses and high prized horses.

Ohio newspapers reported on the theft of two prized former racehorses whose owner had planned planning to retire them to an equine sanctuary. Instead, two thieves sold the animals for $250 each to an auctioneer, who then sold them to a killer buyer employed by one of the three foreign-owned horse slaughterhouses. Owner Sky Dutcher came to Washington, D.C., to tell the story of the theft of her horse, Cimmarron, from his corral on her 12th birthday and his transport to slaughter about two days later.

When California banned horse slaughter in 1998, the horse theft rate dropped 34 percent.

Other concerns – A ban on horse slaughter will not lead to an increase in unwanted horses or to abuse and neglect. USDA statistics show that more than 92 percent of horses slaughtered are in good condition and able to live productive lives.

In California, where horse slaughter was banned in 1998, there has been no corresponding rise in cruelty and neglect cases. When the only plant in Illinois was shut down for two years, horse neglect and abuse decreased.

State anti-cruelty laws prohibit owners from allowing their horse to starve if unwanted. But most horses in slaughterhouses are not unwanted; rather they have wound up in the hands of killer buyers because they are in good health and will bring a better price per pound for their meat.

National polls show that 80% of Americans strongly favor a ban on horse slaughter. However, American horses are being killed for consumers in France, Belgium, and Japan. Show horses, pony ride ponies, racehorses, wild horses, carriage horses, and family horses are victims of the horse slaughter industry.

Over-breeding by the horse industry is the reason there are so many horses available to go to slaughter each year.  The racing industry, the show horse industry, the sport horse industry and the breed registries are all advocates of breeding and disposal.  They breed for certain qualities or attributes and if the foals born do not show what the breeder expected, they are marked for disposal.  Generally speaking, these breeding groups do not hold themselves or each other accountable for saturating the horse market and causing what they call “the unwanted horse crisis”.

A moratorium on breeding, or even a reduction, would greatly reduce the number of horses that would be bought and sold for meat.  And, would in fact, increase the value of the horses that are already in circulation.

Time is of the essence and there is little to waste.  Please make your stand against U.S. Horse Slaughter by contacting your congressmen and representatives and ask them to support H.R. 1094 the Safeguard American Food Exports Acto of 2103.

Thank you for for your support of Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue and helping us put an end to the biggest danger our horses – both wild and domestic – face in this country!

An excellent “Non-Graphic” factual and informative commentary about Canadian horse slaughter with interview of Dr. Temple Grandin. Video secretly filmed at two horse abattoirs in Quebec and Alberta reveals what animal-welfare experts say is systematically inhumane treatment.