Don’t Let U.S. Horse Slaughterhouses Return

The last horse slaughter plant in the United States closed in 2007.  So why is Congress still debating about the passage of the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act that would prohibit slaughterhouses and horse meat in the country?  It’s because of a loophole that may bring these facilities back to life in the U.S.


The subject of horse slaughter in the U.S. is a topic that just doesn’t want to go away.  For the past two years members of Congress such as Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) have been trying to pass a law that would place a federal ban on the “intentional possession, shipping, transporting, purchasing, selling, delivering, or receiving of a horse for slaughter for human consumption.” 


Currently there is no federal law to protect horses from being sent to slaughter.  And with each passing legislative session more states are questioning the value of such a law and instead are embracing the idea of reopening slaughterhouses once again. 


Horses are considered to be companion animals by most Americans and have never been raised for human consumption in this country.   It was this influence that helped to close the last slaughter plant in Texas in 2007.


Previous facilities were primarily foreign owned and the slaughtered horses were processed and shipped to countries such as France, Belgium, Japan, Mexico, Argentina and Australia.  But even when the last processing facility closed, it left a loophole for domestic horses to be shipped across our borders for slaughter.


According to the Humane Society of the United States, “American horses can be legally transported across Canadian and Mexican borders to be slaughtered and processed for human food for foreign gourmands.”


The Fight

Now according to the Animal Law Coalition, several states want to see the domestic facilities reopened as a means of creating jobs and revenue.  Idaho passed legislation that exempts the slaughter of horses from their animal cruelty laws and South Dakota has issued a feasibility study for equine processing plants in their state. Both open the door to reinstate slaughterhouses.


Tennessee Representative Frank Niceley has introduced HB 1428, which would make it legal to get a license for a horse slaughter facility in his state and Missouri has partially passed a law to promote horse slaughterhouses in that state, as well.


Both Minnesota and Oklahoma are actively fighting against the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act in Congress. 


Rescued Horses

The operators of slaughterhouses try to convince politicians that the horses they kill are old or injured or without any other options.  But the USDA statistics show that 92.3% of all the horses sent to facilities were in good condition and good health.  Most could have been placed with equine rescue groups and adopted into new homes.


Miss Judge is a thoroughbred horse that was rescued from a slaughterhouse.  She became a featured horse at a world-renowned event for natural horsemanship trainers.  And a 17 year-old Dutch Warmblood named Jamaica was named “Horse of the Year” by the U.S. Equestrian Federation after she was saved from a slaughter plant.


A family of six horses in Maine attracted national attention after they were rescued from a slaughterhouse dealer at an auction.  The family that included Sunny (Dad), Prancer (Mom) and kids Louden, Vixen, Merlin and Max were taken to a horse ranch.  Later Max was adopted by Priscilla Presley and now lives in-style at world famous Graceland.  The other horses have remained together and spend their summers in Maine and winters in Virginia with their adopted family.


Horse slaughterhouses, like any other facility of its kind are filled with fear, pain and suffering for the animals.  It is no place for a horse or any other animal to die. 


Please sign one of the petitions below to protect horses from slaughterhouses.

Stop Horse Slaughterhouses 


Tennessee Wants to Legalize Horse Slaughterhouses


Stop Toxic Horse Meat


Save Horses from Slaughterhouse Auctions

Creative Commons - Kretyen "Don't Fence Me In"


Elizabeth S.
Elizabeth Fuller4 years ago

All of the petitions are closed :(

Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago


federico bortoletto
federico b5 years ago

Tutto questo è una vera schifezza.

antonia maestre
antonia maestre5 years ago

"The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men."
-- Leonardo Da Vinci

mari s.
Mari S6 years ago

it's despicable and unconscionable -- isn't anything sacred? Why are there always lame justifications -- it's the economy, it's this, it's that....if you stop rounding up free-roaming horses, you don't have to pay to take care of them -- in short, leave them alone in the wild -- then, there are the rest of the horses (who aren't roaming freely on their own) -- Madeleine Pickens has been working with the govt for quite some time creating horse sanctuaries -- a fantastic idea, but the govt seems to be throwing up road blocks -- horse sanctuaries would be great for the horses and for all the people who would visit -- and visit they would, because, as you know, we all love horses. I'm surprised at Pres. Obama -- this is quite telling and i do not see him in the same light as before -- our horses should NOT be slaughtered and should NOT be transported to Mexico or Canada for slaughter -- i'm telling you...not protecting our horses is a colossal mistake -- PLEASE, help our horses...protect them...we all can do it...don't give in to the greedy thugs.

Shirley A.
Shirley A6 years ago

Advocates against horse and burro slaughter have fought for many, many years to protect our wild and domestic horses and burros from this horrid fate. NO ANIMAL should suffer this type of death. If you're going to use any creature for food it certainly deserves the respect NOT TO SUFFER. There IS a difference to the majority of Americans regarding slaughtering horses and burros for food (either pet or human). Horses and Burros worked as FULL partners with humans, shedding their blood and giving their lives in building this Country. They DESERVE respect and protection for their contributions and we shouldn't have to visit this "fight" everytime a congressmen wants to appease some corporate rancher or special interest. The law of 1971 should stand and be upheld for their protection as it was meant to when put in place. Americans felt that way then and the MAJOR MAJORITY of the American People STILL feel that way. Every poll taken is above 75% for NO slaughter and usually 90%. We do have certain values and morals that do not let us throw all creatures to the prevailing wind of slaughter just because CONGRESS does not want to TAKE THE TIME to find the decent and alternative solutions. It's sick and so disturbing that CONGRESS always wants to take the easy, quick and "money in my pocket" way out. They are throwing away these souls mearly for the sake of money and power, the CORRUPTION continues and YES I said souls.

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Shirley A.
Shirley A6 years ago


If you've ever spent any amount of time around equine, you'll gain the respect for their high intelligence, abundance of love that they give, the morals that they have and the pain that they feel both physically and emotionally.Those attributes constitute a soul. America's Wild Horses and Burros are part of our Nation and Culture and are living legends for our Country. They should be and need to be protected as much as the bald eagle. They deserve to be cared for and RESPECTED as they did us in the building days of this Nation. There are humane ways to put animals down that are sick, injured or suffering but slaughter is NOT the way to do it and there ARE viable solutions to STOP this inhuman act but it takes people that TRULY have a SOUL and care enough to practice decent morals for a civilized society, apparantely not in the cards for THIS Congress in alot of matters.

Ever been to a slaughter plant?????? I have, I'm not talking out of my butt here when I voice my opinion. Although I'm vegetarian, I know that removing animals RAISED for food is pretty much out of the equation in American and while I personally don't believe in slaughtering any animal, horses and burros ARE a different subject and to this end even the way food animals are processed needs to be completely overhauled. I would bet my house that if most folks visit processing plants they would be appalled and disgusted by how and what they are putting on their tables.

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Alison Personal Messages
Alison A6 years ago

The top petition listed at the bottom of the article is still open and desperate for signatures. Please sign, thanks.

Danica R.
Danica R6 years ago

this is sick and cruel

Alicia N.
Alicia N6 years ago

please sign before leaving your comment, let's help win this horrible battle.