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Horse Slaughter in America, the Current status and the facts you need to know.

In the absence of federal protection, over 100,000 American horses are shipped across federal borders to slaughter plants in Mexico and Canada each year. What most people don't realize is that 92% of the horses sent to slaughter are sound, young and healthy. These are among America’s finest and brightest horses; champion show horses, Thoroughbred racehorses, summer camp ponies and even wild horses taken from their native lands.

The resounding evidence of how we treat our horses inside the U.S. once they are designated as food animals is chilling. Inside the slaughter pipeline they are systematically beaten, dragged, whipped, crammed into double deck cattle trailers and hauled for days without food, water or rest, many are purposely blinded as a means to force them to succumb to defeat. Until a federal law is passed to ban the slaughter of America’s horses, they will continue to be shipped across federal borders for horsemeat which is sold as a delicacy overseas.


USDA inspections must take place on site at each U.S. slaughterhouse in order for its meat product to be legally available for interstate commerce. The ban on the spending of taxpayer dollars for USDA inspections of horse slaughter, keeps foreign special interests from slaughtering our horses inside the U.S. The inclusion of the defunding language in the farm bill is therefore vital to protecting our horses from this insidious cruelty. 

The truth is that there is no guarantee of humane treatment for any animal Click to view larger banner for download inside America's slaughterhouses. Yet foreign investors and special interest groups want YOUR tax dollars to re-open horse slaughter in the US and they are using every type of trickery available to mislead YOU to do it.

Numerous governmental reports and undercover investigations show that USDA inspections fail to stop insidious abuses from taking place inside US slaughterhouses. Substantial documented evidence reveals egregious violations and a total lack of enforcement by the USDA in U.S. horse slaughterhouses before they were shut down in 2007. If horse slaughter plants are reopened in the U.S., horses will undoubtedly suffer torturous agony on U.S. soil again.

See the US government in action as the truth gets burried Click here

1- Visit our Toolbox go and learn why equines must be protected from slaughter. Then help raise awareness by spreading the word in your local community by reaching out to friends, family, neighbors and local leadership members.

2- Visit our Alerts page go and learn why wild horses and burros need to be protected in the wild and then raise awareness by sharing the truth in your local community by reaching out to friends, family, neighbors and local leadership members.

3- Stand With Us go Take the pledge to end equine cruelty.

4- Donate go Help save and protect horses and burros in need today.

5- Share inspirational and educational banners with your friends and local leaders go

Together, we are their voice and they need to be heard.


Learn more about pending legislation Click here

Pending legislation Click here

Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013 go!

American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 go!

111th Congress Role Call Go!

Canada has its first Bill to ban horse slaughter! Go!

Canadian Equine Export Figures for 2004-2008 Go!

Calico Report by WFLF: The Look in Their Eyes Go!

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