Horse Slaughter Facts

Horse slaughter is the practice of killing & butchering horses for human consumption or animal foods manufacturing. These horses sent to slaughter come from auctions, private owners, and captured wild horse herds or even stolen pet horses. Most of the horses are brought to slaughter houses by contract buyers,  who collect horses from all over the USA and are known as kill buyers.

Horses that are killed for reasons other than human consumption go to the renderers (U.S.) that make food for your  pets, or  carnivorous animals in zoos. Investigations by animal welfare and animal rights groups have indicated that these animals are being skinned or gutted  still alive and conscious. The horses are transported cattle trucks, often injure their heads, fall and are trampled by other terrified animals in transit. They receive no rest, no food and no water for often 24 or more hours.

At the slaughterhouse, they are herded through alleys and chutes. They can smell the blood and death in the air, they can hear the screams of fellow horses. Often, the stun “bolt” does  not work correctly, and they are hit with it repeatedly.  Former Chief USDA Inspector, Veterinarian  Dr. Lester Friedlander  has stated that horses are only stunned for 30 seconds, long enough to be hung up by a hind leg. They are then ALIVE and CONSCIOUS while their throats are slit and they are skinned and dismembered (see below). The horse has served mankind for thousands of years, and civilization was only possible because of the horse.  To be treated with this disrespect and cruelty is totally unacceptable.

Most horses going to slaughter are young and sound. They are not old and crippled. Americans breed too many horses, the BLM rounds up too many horses,  the racing industry sends 60% of Thoroughbreds by the age of 5 years to slaughter. Since American slaughterhouses have been shut down, horses are shipped to Canada and Mexico. Approximately 100,000 per year are still being slaughtered.

There is now a group of self-proclaimed horse people fighting hard to reinstate American horse slaughter houses. They are compelled by greed alone. Even if one does not care about animal welfare, horse meat is TOXIC. Please read this excellent paper written by Ann Marini, a medical doctor.

We must stop this disgraceful disregard for our friend, servant and loyal companion. Unwanted horses must be placed in new homes or, if needed, put to sleep humanely by a veterinarian. They are not a disposable commodity, they are spiritual beings sharing this Earth with us. Please support these bills by contacting your Representatives (202) 225-3121)  to support HR 2966 and S 1176!
Observations and Opinions of a Horse Killer (part 1)

Read Dr. Friedlander’s statement and statements from other veterinarians  here.

To learn more about horse slaugher and see photos go to Kaufman Zoning .  Another excellent website for horse slaughter info is Animal Welfare Institute.

“It is the united opinion of the Veterinarians for Equine Welfare (VEW) that horse slaughter is inhumane, and that it is an unacceptable way to end a horse’s life under any circumstance. We believe that it is an unethical and dangerous practice for the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) to attempt to equate horse slaughter with humane euthanasia.”
Urge your Reps in Washington to pass the SAFE Act.


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