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Save Horses’ Lives: Support H.R. 503

Written by PETA | March 13, 2009
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Although technically spring has not yet sprung, we seem to be doing a kind of early spring cleaning here at the Files, with updates on some issues that we haven’t discussed in a while. First, it was ONPRC and now, horse slaughter.

“Horse slaughter.” Ugh. Just the phrase alone turns your stomach, doesn’t it? Well, it’s time to turn that nausea into action by supporting H.R. 503, The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009, which is currently making its way through Congress.

Some background: In recent years, animal advocates have succeeded in ending horse slaughter in the U.S., but now, greedy folks determined to profit from their horses even in death have begun sending horses to Mexico and Canada, where slaughter is still legal. Horses suffer tremendously on the long trip to shoddy foreign slaughterhouses, often arriving with all kinds of injuries and illnesses, only to be shot or stabbed repeatedly in the neck and spine. Paralyzed but still conscious, they’re shackled and hoisted up by one leg so that their throats can be cut. Then they hang there, bleeding to death.

That’s where H.R. 503 comes in. If it becomes law, this legislation would prohibit the slaughter and/or export of horses for human consumption. It’s a huge step in the right direction and could greatly reduce the number—and therefore the suffering—of the estimated 100,000 horses who are exported for slaughter every year.

Please contact your U.S. representative and politely ask him or her to cosponsor and vote for H.R. 503.

If you want to do even more to protect horses, additional measures are needed, including specifically making horse abandonment a crime (as Oregon is currently considering) with stiff penalties on a state-by-state level; requiring people who can no longer provide for their horses to find new homes for them or have them euthanized by injection; and funding enforcement to prevent the smuggling of horses across our nation’s borders under false pretenses. To learn how to become a citizen lobbyist for horses and other animals, check this out.

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • Shauna To Drew says:

    Drew- I understand your point, however, I think you might not have all the information. Not all the horses that are sent are lame or injured. Furthermore do you realize how they are actually transported outside the U.S. and then killed when shipped to outside the U.S.? They are shipped in very cramped conditions often without water or food for hours on end and many times in awful heat or bitter frostbite cold temperatures.  They are not killed in a a humane manner at all. One method is they are put in small wooden pens with high walls and they cannot move. They are then repeatedly stabbed in the back with a large knife till they are weak. I’m sure you can imagine this is very painful. They are unable to defend themselves and are then hoisted up and their throats slit and left to bleed to death.  Is this what you are okay with? I can’t imagine that this sounds good to you and you are okay with horeses going to slaughter houses outside the U.S. to be killed like this.  The big thing for bill H.R. 503 is to stop Horses from being shipped outside the U.S. where there are no regulations on how the horses are put to death. Yes, many also believe that horses should not be consumed or put to death at all. But one step at a time.  If we can keep the horses in the U.S. we have more control over how they are treated, put to death (if they are lame or inured etc), and cared for. So this bill is a very good thing.

  • Ray says:

    Hi. I am in the 4h project and I am doing my oral presentation on horse slaughter because i want to make sure people get BOTH sides of the story before making a decision. I am having trouble finding a website that says when horse slaughter was banned. Do you have any suggestions? Also what is petas point of view on why horse slaughter is bad from the economic point of view. Thank you. I greatly appreciate this.

  • kayleigh says:

    I’m a Canadian and I’m really ashamed that we still allow the slaughter of horses and sell the meat! My mom saw a program about it on T.V and now she can’t watch anything with horses on t.v.! I wish there was something that We as a nation could do about it. Those horses are innocent and have done nothing wrong to anyone! They know they’re being killed they’re not stupid. They know a lot. Horses are very intelligent. I wish PETA could somehow get the Canadian government to make it illegal to slaughter horses and to sell to forigen countries

  • Drew says:

    Im sorry but i do not agree with this. I think its okay for horses to go to slaughter houses. I mean look most of the horses that go there are horses that are already injured or are never going to be sound in their life time living in pain the rest of their lives. Do you really want that?

  • Nanc says:

    I AM VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE WILD HORSES IN WYOMING. THE BROOKS COMPANIES ARE SELLING ACREAGES. WHEN THEY SALE THE LAND WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THE HORSES? MY FEELING IS THAT THEY WILL KILL THEM. NOT COOL! I CONTACTED http://WWW.LARAMIELANDBUY.COM AND http://WWW.BROOKSRANLAND.COM AT 8005862959. THEY DID NOT HAVE ANY ANSWER TO MY QUESTION REGARDING THE PROTECTION OF THESE WILD HORSES ESPECIALLY AFTER A TEN YEAR LEASE. LAND OWNERS MAY FIGHT IT. PLEASE INVESTIGATE AND GET THE REAL ANSWER TO WHAT MAY HAPPEN TO THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS…PLEASE HELP PROTECT THEM THANK YOU.

  • Carly says:

    I can say firsthand that the horses slaughtered are not lame or crazy or worthless i rescued my mare from slaughter when i was 12 and shes an ex racehorse and shes amazing.

  • Tiffany says:

    I know that this will not go over well but before you put this bill through to your congressmen who WILL vote for it just to avoid being That Guy who voted “no” to the Prevention of Equine Cruelty take a moment to think. Think long and hard because the passage of this bill has dire consequences for horses in the future. The glut of horses of poor breeding and irresponsible or dispossessed owners at this time has lead to a huge amount of unwanted unloved and unuseable horses. I know that horses are beautiful and majestic but the reality is they are expensive and longlived as well. People find themselves now with nowhere to keep a horse or any way to pay for them without starving themselves or their children. These people have no one to turn to because sanctuaries and shelters are flooded. If you truly support the end of slaughter make sure to do it in a responsible way first urge your Congressmen to find a way to deal with these horses so that they do not end up neglected and destroyed in an uncontrolled fashion. One of the major tenets of veterinary medicine is that animals should not suffer needlessly it may be that the best you can do is offer these animals a humane euthanasia andor a quick and painless slaughter with USDA oversight rather than condemn them to a crowded pasture where they will die of malnutrition and neglect. As with all things animal don’t react. Think.

  • sharyn says:

    i have been in contact with a younger person shes wondering how to stop a new slaughter house in montana from being opened

  • Krystal Romandine says:

    horses are good animals but not for slaughter

  • karizma says:

    hi now i love animals do they abuse them in the circus?

  • rachel says:

    they are such big creatures i cant even begin to imagine

  • jae carrico says:

    Whenever people ask me howwhy my family became vegan they are always suprised to hear it was due to watching an episode of “Real Sports” on HBO they did an episode on horse racing and the slaughter of horses arfter the race. That episode changed my life forever I will never go back to eating or exploting animals again and my heart will always hold a soft spot for horses and the suffering they go through.

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