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Support Bill to End Horse Slaughter & Export

Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post | December 28, 2011

Sparks flew recently after Congress restored funding for U.S. inspectors to oversee horse slaughter, opening the door for horses to be killed and butchered in the United States for the first time since 2006. But there is hope for a better bill: The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 (S. 1176/H.R. 2966), which would outlaw horse slaughter in the U.S. as well as close the loophole that previously allowed horses to be sent on grueling journeys to slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada, something that added approximately 230 extra miserable miles to their already miserable lot. Horses urgently need anyone and everyone you can enlist—your neighbors, friends, coworkers, and family—to actively support this act. Please click here to register your support now.

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Each year, more than 130,000 frightened horses are trucked from the U.S. and killed in slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. After enduring hundreds of miles jostled about in cramped trucks—often in extreme temperatures without food or water, on slippery floors, their heads bent over from the low ceilings, being kicked and bitten by other horses—they are shot in the head, are strung up by one leg, and have their throats cut.

The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 would prohibit shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donating horses and other equines for human consumption. In other words, it would effectively end the use of U.S. horses for food—both here and abroad!

This lifeline for horses is currently sitting in Congress and requires that we act fast. Please click here now to urge your members of Congress to vote in favor of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011. Ask everyone you know, and set up tables to enlist those you don’t, to do the same.

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  • kelso says:

    i think that killing horses is like killing a human family

  • Lee says:

    Please endorse the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act SB 1176 and HB2966. It not only protects people from contaminated food but even more importantly it will save the the lives and misery and suffering of thousands of horses. To end up in a horrific slaughter house is no way to end the life of so many horses, some of which are thoroughbreds as well as wild mustangs. The transporting of these horses to Canada and Mexico should also be banned. Please do the right thing and pass these bills.

  • Sherry says:

    I own and rescue horses… I understand the problem, stopping the slaughter houses in the US created an even worse situation for the horses now being sent to Canada and Mexico…if this bill is passed…then what..what will happen to all those unwanted horses…can we get something passed that unwanted horses sick or healthy can go somewhere and at least be humanely euthanized and cremated?

  • Jamie says:

    All I have to say is,” Whats next! Are we going to start a cat and dog slaughter house now”!

  • Bob says:

    What about cows, chickens, and pigs?

  • CarrieB says:

    Yes, they do have colts running through there. PMU babies are sent to the slaughter auction at 6 months old, folks. I can’t believe the EU and Japan would still accept horsemeat from the US, seeing as we use products on our horses that specifically state “NOT INTENDED FOR USE ON ANIMALS INTENDED FOR FOOD”. The horses aren’t tested like the cattle and pigs are. They aren’t given any time to get the drugs out of their system. It doesn’t operate like this. Killer buyers want to go to auctions, pick up a bunch of horses and deliver them to the slaughterhouses as quickly as possible. Thank goodness at least the Mexican border will turn away horses that are racks of bones, or injured.

  • Kaleb says:

    The slaughter of horses keeps the horse market from plummeting! because most slaughter houses closed the price for horses have dropped. you can barely sell them and you end up with people who cannot afford to feed them and they end up starving to death. i have seen this first hand and know for a fact that the slaughter houses are actually a good thing! they take old and sick horses. its not like they have colts running through there. so i ask you, should the horses be killed quickly or should they starve?

  • JASSMOND says:

    Comment on the Bald Eagles. The F/G has only given permission for TWO Bald eagles to be killed. Since they were taken off the protection and preservation act, because their numbers have reached a healthy population. I don’t agree with it either, but for now it is only TWO. The only worry is, is that other tribes may follow on this as they have been constantly asking permission over the years to do this. On this Horse Issue. I am totally disgusted that these poor animals are treated in such a fashion. It is cruel and completely unnecessary. I really do not understand any human who can place such a ACT in place. Government officials mainly disgust me and I just don’t trust anyone anymore.

  • Garth Smith says:

    Please support your american bill to stop your horses from coming to Canada and making our slaughter horses worthless. Before your bill in 2006 good horses were worth up to 80 cents a pound and after that law, they dropped to 20 cents. GO ahead and keep your horses there. We don’t want them

  • J-Dog says:

    All this crying about horse but what about the fact that the government has given the native american tribes permission to kill bald eagles?

  • Marilyn Bazan says:

    All I can say is, how would you feel if human beings, just because they’re old are killed and slaughtered, just because they’re OLD!! Animals have the same right to live in this planet as we human beings …who are we to take their lives this way…who named us the sole owners of this planet calling the fate of all the animals? People please have a heart..all living beings deserve to live… human beings are like the locust… we inhabit a planet, use it and destroy it for our benefits selfishly without thinking of the consequences and if we can some day when we have finished with earth, we will be looking to move to another planet to do the same thing, should technology permits that some day. I say animals should rule this world..! it would be a much better place ..animals and nature are a gift from God to fill our lives with happiness and hope and what do we do? We destroy it.. we are soo selfish, self- centered and ignorant.. May God forgive us for all the horrible things we do to this planet and its animals.

  • Arispie1 says:

    It is irresponsible NOT to have slaughterhouses in the US for horses. The ban on these facilities has had a detrimental effect on the horse industry in general, the shipping of horses outside the country for such slaughter is exceptionally cruel, and many unwanted domestic horses are merely left in the wild fend for themselves, which they are ill-equiped to do.

  • Daisy says:

    I am all for the respectful treatment of ALL animals that are slaughtered for food for humans. I love and own horses but I do not agree with a total ban on the horse trade, as long as these animals aren’t mistreated or suffer unnecessarily for their fate – they are not different to any other animals slaughtered for food.

  • Lisa Morgan says:

    The horses should be left in the wild to live out their happy lives.

  • Wendy says:

    We would be arrested if we treated dogs and cats like this…….should we not have the same standard for horses?

  • Denise Smith says:

    The vast majorities of Americans are opposed to horses being slaughtered. This is a horrific act of cruelity to these animals. The transporation process in and of itself is less than humane. There are photos (Habitat for Horses) of horses in slaughter houses in Mexico that show horses being repeatedly stabbed in the back until they’re disabled and drop. It’s terrifying for these animals and horribly cruel. Makes me cry. I’ve helped sponsor rescuing some of these horses unfortunate enough to find themselves in the feedlots (bound for slaughter). These horses have been healthy, trained and so deserve to continue living. There are many people who don’t even realize that horses are being purchased and slaughtered right over the border. No horses deserve this. There was a segment on NPR about the 8,000 fouls being born in Kentucky this season – this is the “other end” of those stories for horses that people no longer want. It’s far more humane when a horse is very old, in poor health to humanely euthanize them like we do our beloved dogs and cats when they reach the end of their lives. It’s barbaric for horses to be inhumanely slaughtered and then sold to Japan and Europe for human consumption. I’ve heard that horse kill buyers buy the horses per pound and they horses are slaughtered and sold for approximately four times that amount. There’s greed on both ends. And the horses are the loosers. And they deserve and need for us to be their voices. Please – everyone – tell your friends, coworkers, neighbors, family members, etc. about this. It’s an easy process to call the legislative folks and just leave a voice mail message advocating for the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011. Please…. How we treat animals is a reflection of our society.