Few racehorses are retired to pastures when they stop winning races or become injured—usually when they’re still very young and often not even physically mature—because owners don’t want to pay for a horse who doesn’t bring in any money. Since the last horse slaughterhouse in the U.S. closed several years ago, tens of thousands of horses have been shipped to slaughterhouses in Canada, Mexico, or Japan, where they are turned into dog food and glue. Their flesh is also exported to countries such as France and Japan, where it is considered a delicacy.
Most horses who are sent to those facilities endure days of terrifying transport crammed together in decrepit trailers without water or food. Horses are subject to the same slaughtering method as cows, but since horses are generally not accustomed to being herded, once together, they tend to thrash about in order to avoid being shot by the captive-bolt gun, which is supposed to render them unconscious before their throats are cut.
Thoroughbred racehorse Coming Home, the granddaughter of Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled and the cousin of the doomed Derby entrant Eight Belles, was bought by a “meat buyer” at a livestock auction for $200 and was hours from being trucked to a slaughterhouse when a PETA investigator rescued her.
While Coming Home will have a real—and permanent—home on a PETA member’s farm, where she will never again have to fear for her life, other horses are not as lucky and need your help!
Please contact your senator(s) today to support the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011, which would prevent U.S. horses from being sold, shipped, or transferred to slaughterhouses, effectively ending the practice of slaughtering American horses.