Facts on Horse Slaughter

Facts on Horse Slaughter

• According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 100,800 American horses were slaughtered in three foreign-owned slaughter houses in 2006. Another 30,000 were sent to Mexico or Canada for slaughter.

• USDA statistics show more than 92 percent of horses slaughtered in the U.S. are in good shape, not old and infirm as opponents claim.

• Legislation to ban the slaughter of American horses nationwide was introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate by Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and John Ensign (R-Nev.) and Reps. Janice Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), John Spratt (D-S.C.) and Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) introduced a companion bill, H.R. 503.

The measure received bipartisan support in the 109th Congress, winning a vote of 263 to 146 in the House. In late 2006, it stalled in the Senate, where it had been approved overwhelmingly the year before, and was not brought up for a vote before Congress adjourned.

• Nearly 70 percent of Americans are strongly against the slaughter of American horses for human consumption overseas.

• The criminal code of Texas has prohibited the sale or possession of horse meat since 1949, but the law was never enforced.

• In 2002, responding to citizen and local government concerns about the two foreign-owned horse slaughter plants in the state � Dallas Crown in Kaufman and Beltex in Fort Worth � then-Texas Attorney General John Cornyn issued a written opinion that the 1949 Texas law applies and may be enforced.

• In response, the Tarrant County District Attorney attempted to enforce the law, but last year a federal district court in Texas ruled that the law was repealed by another statute and preempted by federal law.

• The District Attorney appealed that decision last year, and the HSUS filed an amicus brief in the case in March 2006.

• In January 2007, a federal court of appeals upheld a Texas state law declaring horse slaughter illegal in that state. Appeals from the slaughterhouses were rejected in March.

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25 thoughts on “Facts on Horse Slaughter

  1. Bravo! Thank you for posting the truth. Hopefully, my state will get a clue and shut down the kill house, Cavel. It’s important that the federal bill is passed to prohibit the transport. Without that, our horses will be shipped to Mexico and Canada for an even more horrific death, not to mention a longer tranport under extreme inhumane conditions.

    Please call your representatives and senators to support HR 503 and S 311.

  2. I believe that they will close down the slaughter plant there – eventually. People are speaking out. Enough is enough!

    I agree with the transportation issue as well.

    Thanks for stopping in!

  3. NO MORE HORSE SLAUGHTER!!! how would the persons killing the horses like it if we did it to them! we all must speak out! No noble animal like a horse should be put to death in such a crule manner!!!

    I HOPE YOU ALL GET IT THAT YOU WOULDN’T LIKE IT IF WE DID IT TO YOU!! SLAUGHTER IS MURDER!!

  4. ITS JUST LIKE THE HOLOCAUST EXPT NOT CAUSE IT IS HORSES AND YA
    I HAVE A WONDERFUL ARABIAN AND A STANDARDBRED
    WE GOT THE STANDARDBRED AT AN AUCTION AND THERE WAS SLAUGHTER HOUSE PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO BUY HIM HE WAS IN FABULOUS SHAPE BUT WE OUT BIDDED THEM AND WE ARE LUCKY BECAUSE HE IS SOO NICE IT ISNT FUNNY AND HE HAS MADE FRIENDS WITH A KITTEN THAT DICIDED TO LIVE AT OUR BARN.
    U CAN COMMENT THIS IF YOU WANT BUT I AM SOO LUCKY
    THANX 4 READING THIS
    BYES

  5. I think horse slaughter is very humane, and resourcefull to our sociaty. Almost every women I kno wears make-up to cover up acne or having eye liner or mascara on. They make all of that out of horses. and that purse you/ friend is carring around is most likely horse hide. I do not like horse slaughter and yes I am a horse lover. I have 6 American Paint Horses and 1 Buckskin and 2 on the way in the spring and none of my horses are going to slaughter. But banning horse slaughter would mean giving up most of our daily items that we use. I don’t think it should be banned, our nation should just have restrictions on how we approach it! My belief is that we are the main cause for over breeding our horses. Did you know that horses are also used in some drugs like “premarin”? Premarin is a hormone replacement for women. And it comes from horses that are pregnant. All they do is breed them and get rid of the foal. An estamated 422 farms for premarin, soon had mares giving birth to about 40,000 un-wanted foals a year!!! That’s 16880000 foals every year!!!!!!
    I LOVE HORSES VERY MUCH<3 AND I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND
    THE USES OF THE HORSE
    thank you

  6. Have you ever seen a horse slaughtered? Maybe you should! You think your mascara is worth killing a horse for? I don’t! Think my purse is horse hide? Think again! Perhaps you could educate yourself a little more on cruelities to animals!

    Go to UTUBE and check out some of the horse slaughtering videos there.

    A bolt to the head to stun a horse before lifting them up in the air – not cruel enough? How about slicing their throats? Not quite cruel enough either? What about the animals ( horses and cows here ) whose legs are cut off while they are still alive? What about the struggling fear filled horse… hanging in the air, blood dripping until it finally runs out of energy.. and life?

    You have a diffrent definition of cruelty?

    Think those are not rough and cruel? Check out the slaughterhouses in Mexico!

    Premarin is not even needed with there are viable alternatives. That’s just ignorance to think . Why do we ship horses to slaughter to Canada and then buy the foals?
    Because the USA has become a throw away Society. Not perfect enough? Get rid of it.. buy another…

  7. you all think u know how bad horse slaughter is but its 100 times worse when u have actually experienced it

    my very first horse was slaughtered and i had no idea untill it was too late

    it needs to stop there is no humane reason for it and there is no inmumane reason for it, it’s simply a waste of time the people that work there do not care about the horses or the painful suffering they endure they care about their pay checks

    they go to work every day feeling no guilt that every year over 100,000 horses dire because of them it is a sick thing to do and yet they can sit back and laugh at every ones attempts to stop this rediculous obsession

    under FEDERAL LAW they are suposed to stun a horse with a captive bolt gun so it is “painless” for the horses oh but the poor workers say that it takes to long or they dont feel it yea ok then lets slit their throats and cut off their legs and practicly carve them up bit by bit NOW SAY IT DOESNT HURT

    What makes this all worse is that the workers enjoy seeing poor hoses suffer i bet you didnt know that half the horses that arrive on trucks designed for pigs and cattle dont even survive the trip if they fall over on the truck thats the end they get trampled and crushed and tear open from nails and what ever else is in the truck and those horses are the lucky ones

    Horses can be a Persons best friend
    Imagine waking up to morrow with out any friends

    Didnt think so

    Stop the slaughter and end the abuse!

  8. Thats absolutly disgusting sour lemons

    think of it this way

    if you were fit healthy strong and had lots of friends but your parents wanted something better so they sent you off to die painfully and slowly and u had no say in it what so ever how would you feel

    Horses are not a pair of shoes you can return shoes for a better pair HORSES DONT GET RETURNED THEY GET MURDERED

    if slaughter houses had windows every one would be vegetarian

    if horse slaughter ended we woldnt have to give up any of our daily items but if it did then WHO CARES an inocent life was taken to make that junk and all you care about is how u look? thats unbeleivable how can u say u dont like the idea of horse slaughter but agree with it any how?

  9. Why do people care so much more about horse then say cows which are slaughtered in the same way? I think Congress was wrong to ban horse slaughter, instead they should have impossed and enforced new and better regulations. Because now the number of horses being shipped to Mexico for the purpose of slaughter has increased by 312%. I’ve been to Mexico so I know first hand how horse are treated there, and it isn’t good. Also stopping horse slaughter is impossible while there is demand for horse meat from countrys like Japan, Italy, France, ect. I also have an honest question for all those people who oppose horse slaughter, are you only concerned with American horses. Horse in China, Canada and around the world are slaughtered every day do you care about them, hmm?

  10. Horse slaughtering is a very humane way to solve the problem for all the homeless horses. Why not sell the horses for a profit! Theres nothing wrong with it horses have been eatin for decades. The native americans considered horses to be a great meal and they liked mule meat even more. Im all for lifting the ban theres to many horses that are just being turned loose to starve!

    • Travis- Back when native americans ate horses, they didn’t medicate them with the kind of drugs we have around today. Because most horses are kept as pets, they are given deworming meds, bute, etc. that makes their meat carcinogenic. Horse meat can and probably will give you cancer, not to mention the other health risks it poses.

  11. Thanks so much for posting this! Horse slaughter is definitely NOT humane in any way. Especially in Mexico where it has been caught on tape them stabbing a horse with a KNIFE to sever it’s spinal cord. Do you know how this causes a horse to die? Not humanely or peacefully. Oh, thats right.. from either suffocation because their lungs stop working or perhaps from blood loss or maybe even from dismemberment. Sure doesn’t sound humane to me.. Yes, I care about all horses. Horses mean a lot more to me than other animals. They are more special to me than even a dog or cat. Horse slaughter isn’t needed to control the horse population. In the late 1980’s over 350,000 horses were slaughtered and that has decreased severely. I don’t see horses roaming around the streets. Also, a responsible horse owner would be able to have the funds to humanely euthanize their companion. Besides that, there are many horse rescue groups around the country.

    Unfortunately, unless the governor has vetoed it, in Montana, they are now allowed to open a horse slaughter plant. =(

  12. Horse slaughter is sick and wrong . I just wish that people would just open their eyes and see how beatiful horses really are. I hope that at night the people that have ever killed a horse lay awake listen to the scrams of those poor creatures . It just makes me SICK TO MY STOAMCH.

  13. You people only seem to have read what the anti-horse slaughter people want you to read. Did you know that the method to kill the horses is the same as used to kill cows? Should we stop slaughtering cows too? Did you know that a vet is on site for every euthanasia in the US? By shutting down the plants in the US it has worsened the problem. Horses are now transported in inhumane conditions to Mexico and Canada. Mexico has a bad rap for the inhumane treatment. Like one person said, they use a knife to kill the horses, not humane at all. Overpopulation of horses has began to happen, horse prices have fallen. Horses that used to sell for $500 now sell for $10. I hope Montana gets it done and opens another plant. Start looking up facts before you put down the slaughterhouses. By the way I own horses, ride horses, love horses, slaughter is not exactally my first choice, but who are we to tell people what to do with their horses and what to eat?

  14. Ladies and Gentlemen,

    I am a horse lover and have been raised on the back of one. none of my horses will see a slaughter plant when they become crippled or in pain without a chance for recovery i take them out back and give them the dignity of a nibble of oats and a quick bullet. However, there is a great need for horse slaughter plants. in some of these posts some people have used the term “responsible horse owner” and the sad fact is that many people are not responsible anything. with this economy many have turned to taking an animal that they can no longer care for and turning them loose on the BLM to fend for themselves. this idea is justified in their minds by the fact that horses at one time are wild animals. the flip side is that if you take an animal that has never seen a preditor or had to dig through a foot of snow to eat odds are they will starve and meet a death by mountian lion or bear. now I’m not sure how many of you have seen preditors kill things but most of the time they begin eating the animal while they are still alive. but when all is said and done horses are livestock just like cows and a persons right to sell his or her livestock in whatever fashion he or she sees fit is none of the governments business. to the cruelty issue at the slaughter houses that is supposed to be the USDA’s job to monitor. I did find it funny however that after the dairy cow incident in a california slaughter house last year that there was no public outcry to outlaw beef slaughter!

  15. Horse slaughtering is not a abomination. Sadly it needs to be done, many horses are starving out there not knowing where to go or what to do when let out on the range. some are tortured by getting their brand cutt off and let out in Nevada. I mean really who would want to go to desperate measures for that? Obviously he did. Many want to hide from the truth and say it does not need to be done. But in the shadows it does, and it is still happening today. You can hide from that or accept it. If a plant was opened up in the U.S. it would be way more humane than in Mexico, where they have to travel 1,000 to 2,000 miles. IT is still happeneing TODAY no matter what you think.

  16. Hi I HATE HORSE SLAUGHTER PLANTS FOR OUR HORSES ARE OUR HISTORY AND THEY DESERVE TO DIE THE RIGHT WAY NOT STAND IN LINE AND WAIT A HARSH DEATH.IF ALL OF US CAN AFFORD TO HAVE HORSES TO RIDE OR SHOW OR JUST WHAT-EVER THEN WE SHOULD ABE ABLE TO AFFROD TO PUT THEM DOWN THE RIGHT WAY BY THE VET AND THEN BURY THEM IN THE BACK YARD OR PASTURE.ITS MANKIND ULTIMATE BETRAYAL TO HORSES THAT PULLED WAGONS,CARRY GOODS TO FAR AWAY PLACES, FOUGHT IN WARS AND THIS IS HOW THEY ARE TREATED IN THE END..I DON’T WEAR MAKE-UP ANYMORE, I DON’T CARRY A PURSE ANYMORE, AND NOT ALL OF OUR MAKE-UP THAT MOST WEAR ON FACES IS MADE FROM A HORSE THERE’S OTHER FACTORS IN THERE TO.DO YOUR RESEARCH, HORSE SLAUGHTERS ARE AWFUL, EVER HEAR A HORSE SCREAM? I HAVE. HORSES NEED US.. WE HAVE TO BE THERE FOR THEM AND SAVE THEM FROM HARMS WAY. MY HORSES WILL NEVER SEE A SLAUGHTER PLANT UNLESS SOMEONE STEALS THEM WHICH IS WHATS GOING ON RIGHT NOW..

  17. you guys don’t know what you are talking about. every year tons of people that cant pay for there horses, don’t want them or the horses cant work anymore turn them out to Blm land,reservations or in some cases turn them out to people that have large amounts of property. then the government spends about 3 million dollars rounding up horses wasting tax payers money and sending them to Mexico or Canada where the horses are in really harsh conditions. if we had are own slaughtering plants the horses wouldn’t have to go through such pain. i am not saying they wouldn’t go through pain it just wouldn’t be as much. anyways with so many people out of jobs it would put some people to work.

  18. Stop HORSE SLAUGHTER because it is truely unfair because what have they done wrong to be hung and slit in the throat i love horses and always will i just wish there was a way i could help.They are put in an over crowded trailer and if they dont load in they are beaton in. how unfair is that.Think it as if that was you in that position would you scream or would you just sit back and let it happen.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  19. I believe that every animal should have a chance to live… well thimk bout it!!!!! there not getting a chance! they absalutley need to be put down do it humanly! jesus! if u people ever had a heart u would think twice before sending them to a slauter house.

  20. How many of you know this:

    Rendering plants take all the unused body parts of dead animals and process them. The end results of this process are used in a variety of products such as:
    • lubricants
    • polish
    • soap
    • cement
    • ink
    • lipstick
    • Jell-O
    • gummy candies
    • pet food
    • agricultural feed
    • crayola crayons
    • cosmetics
    • lard
    • gel in canned meats

    • This is true. I appreciate you bringing up this facet of horse/animal slaughter by-products. It is very important to research the components that make up every product that you may presently use or buy. Once a person grows aware , better choices can be made through our new found knowledge. People are often surprise when I tell them I don’t use/eat jello , use lard. etc… As a vegetarian , I am always appreciative for tips to make my life greener – not only through my diet , but also my lifestyle choices.

      Many thanks for adding to this discussion! Katie

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