Fact Sheets and FAQs About Horse Slaughter
Horse Slaughter Fact Sheet – “Undercover footage from inside horse slaughter facilities in the U.S. demonstrated how horrific these plants were. Many horses were conscious when they were shackled and hoisted by a rear leg to have their throats cut. Employees whipped horses in the face. Mares were allowed to give birth on the kill floors.” HorseFund.org
Horse Slaughter Facts & FAQs – “The current patchwork of state laws on horse slaughter – including statutes prohibiting slaughter in Texas and Illinois where the only domestic horse slaughter plants operated until very recently – is insufficient. A federal law prohibiting horse slaughter is imperative to ensure slaughterhouses don’t simply relocate to states with weaker laws and to prevent horses from being exported en masse for slaughter in Canada, Mexico or further abroad.“ Animal Welfare Institute
Fact Sheet: Transport to Slaughter – “It is the united opinion of the Veterinarians for Equine Welfare (VEW) that opponents of legislation currently before the United States Congress that would end horse slaughter and prohibit export of horses for slaughter, have been misleading when stating that horses being transported to slaughter are well-protected by existing federal regulations. This clearly is not the case and the links below provide graphic examples of the condition of slaughter-bound horses during transport.” Vets for Equine Welfare
FAQs About Horse Slaughter and Support of NYS A3905/S4625 – “Euthanasia means a painless death. Horse slaughter involves striking a horse several times with a “captive bolt”. Despite being struck by the captive bolt, sometimes the horses are not properly stunned, but rather remain conscious, requiring several blows before they are rendered unconscious. Many Canadian slaughter plants use gunshots instead of the captive bolt system, and often fire several rounds while the horses scream in agony before they are finally stunned in preparation for slaughter. USDA workers have attested to the fact that horses often remain conscious during butchering. In addition, they often suffer intense abuse during shipment. Killer buyers have been known to gouge a horse’s eye out if he is kicking in the trailer to give him something else to think about. New York State I-87 should not be a direct pipeline for horses being trucked to Canada for the cruel act of slaughter.” New York State Humane Society
FAQS About Horse Slaughter – “Horses mostly commonly slaughtered are ones taken to livestock auctions where they also suffer in horrific conditions.They are homeless horses, unsuccessful racehorses, horses who are lame or require expensive veterinary care to return them to fitness for work or competition, mares who produce below par breeding industry standards, and foals cast off by the Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU) industry, which produces the estrogen-replacement drug Premarin®. The majority of U.S. horses going to slaughter are Quarter Horses, as many as 7 out of 10. The remainder are mostly Thoroughbreds.” HorseFund.org
Every 5 Minutes an American Horse is Slaughtered for Human Consumption – “Until the US Congress passes legislation banning horse slaughter into law, show horses, racehorses, foals born as “byproducts” of the Premarin© (a female hormone replacement drug) industry, wild horses, burros and family horses will all continue to fall prey to this detestable foreign-driven industry.” Animal Welfare Institute
Articles About Horse Slaughter
- Domestic Horse Slaughter Ban Continues. EquiMed, December 19, 2014
- European Union Suspends Mexican Horsemeat Imports: Audit Details Food Safety, Animal Welfare Concerns in Slaughter of American Horses in Mexico. Human Societyof the United States, December 8, 2014
- White Paper: Horse Slaughter – Its Ethical Impact and Subsequent Response of the Veterinary Profession
- French Investigation Exposes Horrors of Horse Meat
Laws and Resources
- Horse Transportation Safety Act Information. Animal Welfare Institute
- Commercial Transportation of Equines to Slaughter. Office of the Federal Register, September 7, 2011
- Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the US Department of Agriculture pertaining to violations of the Transport to Slaughter Regulations (WARNING: GRAPHIC)
- Medications and US Horsemeat
- Horse Slaughter Statistics – 1989 – April 2014
- Yearly and Monthly Horse Slaughter Statistics from 1980 and 1989-2014
- List of Organizations and Individuals Opposed to Horse Slaughter
Websites and Advocacy Organizations
Equine Welfare Alliance – EWA and its members are involved in a grass roots effort dedicated to ending the slaughter of American Horses and the preservation and protection of our Wild Horses and Burros on public lands.
Animal Welfare Institute – Background of horse slaughter, current status, and some statistics.
Animal Law Coalition – ALC works to bring the latest animal legal news to attorneys, law students, animal welfare advocates and the public. It is their goal to get the public involved to help stop animal cruelty.
Equine Advocates – Information about slaughter and the Safeguard American Food Exports Act.
Mary Nash’s Horse Slaughter Website – “Is a collection of articles, correspondence and photographs related to the slaughter of America’s majestic horses. Mary Nash passed away in 2005 at her home, a few hundred yards away from Dallas Crown horse slaughter plant in Kaufman, Texas. It was her life’s dream to see the end of horse slaughter. This site will be continued in her honor by those who believe as she did. (warning- some pictures and video on this website are disturbing)”