Legislators Considering Move To Ban U.S. Horse Slaughter, Exports To Mexico And Canada

by | 08.07.2017 | 6:05pm

New legislation being explored by lawmakers would ban slaughterhouses in the U. S., as well as prevent horses from being exported to Mexico and Canada for human consumption.

According to The Hill, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S. C.), Robert Menendez (D-N. J.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R. I.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) are heading the effort to federally ban the slaughter of horses for food through the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, introduced Thursday, August 3.

“The gruesome practice of slaughtering horses for food has no place in the United States, and it's well past time for Congress to say once and for all that horse meat is not what's for dinner,” Menendez told The Hill.

“Horses are routinely treated with drugs that are not fit for human consumption and do not belong in our nation's food supply. Our bipartisan legislation will help put an end to the cruel and inhumane slaughter of horses while protecting families from toxic horse meat and safeguarding the reputation of the U.S. food industry worldwide,” he added.

Proponents of the bill include animal rights groups such as the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

Last month a House Appropriations Committee approved a bill which would lift the ban on the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the U. S. by allowing USDA inspectors to oversee the process. There are currently no horse processing facilities in the United States.

The SAFE Act would also amend the Food and Drug Act to classify horses as an unsafe food additive for humans due to the common drugs and medications used to treat physical ailments in equines. Common medications such as phenylbutazone (bute) and flunixin megulmine (Banamine) are common medications used to treat pain or inflammation in horses, but are not approved for human consumption.

Each year more than 100,000 horses are sent outside of the U. S. for slaughter, many of which go to facilities in Canada and Mexico.

Read more at The Hill.

  • Chrissy

    This article fails to mention how, even though the house appropriations committee voted to lift the ban on domestic horse slaughter, the Senate Committee voted to defund the USDA’s inspection of horse slaughter plants.

    • WT61

      Yeah, I’m confused, but that’s politics.

      • longshot

        You got that right

  • eshever

    As far as I know, wild horses don’t receive any medications or other drugs. Presumably they would also be included in this legislation?

    • Judy Gaddis

      Good point!!!

      • dk

        Hi, I’m getting into the conversation late. The wild horses, our war heroes, are given chemical birth control that isn’t even approved for use in horses by the FDA. Read my comment above. Thanks.

    • Mindy

      probably not, as the cattle lobby to get rid of them all is very strong :(

      • longtimehorsewoman

        So true. But if you look at where the wild horses live it is not prime grazing land for sure! You don’t see any cows out there.

        • Mindy

          I think cattlemen think any land they can graze their cattle on, for very little money, is “prime”

    • dk

      Wild horses receive chemical birth control that is not even approved by the FDA. FDA doesn’t test horse drugs for consumption, and considers horse drugs as non-food companion animals, but they do make sure drugs are safe for horses. This birth control is darted into horses, and some people doing the darting do not know the difference between stallions and mares. So wild horses, our war heroes, are not fit to eat, for many reasons, including the birth control drugs. Our wild horses were recruited to fight alongside our marines and army in WWI — helping us win that war.

      • eshever

        PZP? It’s controversial. I don’t think it’s widespread and the horses have to have a booster every year for it to be effective as birth control.

        • savinghorses2

          Actually since it’s banned from food chain, the BLM DIDN’T WANT TO ADMINISTER IT.

        • dk

          After a few treatments, PZP sterilizes our beloved wild horses. It’s never been tested for consumption. We already know that some horse drugs never leave a horse’s system, and can cause irreparable damage and death to humans.

    • savinghorses2

      PZP is a drug they have received and prior to adoption they receive vaccinations. So sorry wrong again.

      • eshever

        Presumably adopted horses would not be going to slaughter — at least we hope not. Some wild horses would have received PZP but I don’t think all of them get it or the herds would not continue to increase in size.

  • Cardaddy

    Where are those 100,000 horse, of all breeds (if this an accurate #) going to go? Realistically, are there that many adoptive home for 100,000 horses a year?? This is an issue that the HSUS, PETA or any other group or indivduals seem to address at all much less in detail.

    • Birdy2

      Put them down humanely if need be — if you’d ever seen a truckload of horses at the border — or if you’d gone back stage at a kill-buyer auction — you’d know that sending horses to slaughter in Mexico (I live in Texas) is an unspeakably cruel, barbarous act. I’d shoot mine before I’d let them suffer like that.

      • Susan

        Euthanizing isn’t always as acceptable as one thinks. Shooting horses takes great skill, or they suffer horribly. The cost if burying a horse, if you are allowed to, can also be unbelievably costly. Sadly, many horses suffer terribly when their owner runs out of money for reasons beyond their control. People turn them loose out west to fend for themselves. Other people stop taking care of them, first by not getting a farrier to do their feet, then the dental work goes, vet care is no longer a possibility. Soon the horse is living on poor pasture, half rotton vegetables and stale bread. Not exactly a respectful or humane treatment. However, the worst cases are when owners keep horses that are in chronic pain from fractures, laminitis, back and neck problems, thinking that the horses are somehow better off as a pasture ornament. Again not respectful or humane.

        • longtimehorsewoman

          Agreed. Many so-called rescues refuse to euthanize unsound horses. No one wants to make that decision, but suffering in pain for years, is far worse than a quick and painless death (if done correctly).

    • Susan

      Truly an issue that few realize. If horse slaughter were allowed in the US, we could control how horses are transported as well as regulate facilities to ensure respectful, humane treatment.

      • Mindy

        you are very naive…do you think we do that now, with the animals we already slaughter in the US? chickens? pigs? cattle? turkeys? what makes you think horses would have it any better?

        • Susan

          And you do not have the facts and are being manipulated by the animal rights people. We have many slaughter regulations. And we can have more including less stressful design, baning halel slaughter. USDA inspectors are alrwady on site in commercial slaughter facilities. It can be done correctly. However, banning slaughter totally takes it out of our hands, and we cannot enforce humane treatment in other countries. Better to have a horse slaughtered in a plant that must follow strict regulations than be shipped great distances and then killed under cruel circumstances.

          • Mindy

            have you seen any undercover videos from US slaughter facilities? the idea that regulations and USDA inspectors stop anything is a joke; and with the current administration looking to de-regulate, do you really think there will be any meaningful protections?

            there is no ‘correct’ (by which, I assume you mean, “humane”) way to slaughter an animal for food, it’s just a sad fact of meat-eating

          • Susan

            Oh please. The animal rights people are total masters at sensationalism and manipulation of undercover video. They could spend months trying to collect damning video. They might piece together 10 minutes of footage that is out of context and grossly misleading. They have a an agenda and will do anything to promote it including injuring and killing the animals they profess to be protecting.
            That is not to say there are not slaughter facilities that do not practice humane and respectful methods, but the vast majority are trying to develop better, more humane practices. However, when slaughter plants are in this country, we have the power to legislate and enforce humane practices should we choose to. If we ban them, we have no jurisdiction in other countries. We cannot force another country to follow practices that we deem appropriate.
            Banning transport of horses for slaughter to other countries is unenforcable on any practical level. At this point transporting livestock (and horses are considered livestock legally) cross not only international borders, but also state borders, requires veterinary issued health certificates. I can tell you that having transported horses, cattle, sheep and poultry across state lines, I have never been stopped by any authority so that the health papers can be checked. I’ve travelled in and out of this country with dogs and never been asked to show health or rabies certificates. I have always had the required paperwork, but have never been required to show it. Horses will be (and are currently)transported for days on end and in terrible conditions due to the banning of horse slaughter in this country.
            Sadly, closing US horse slaughter facilities has resulted in unforeseen consequences that have actually made the whole horse slaughter and horse overpopulation issues in many ways much more cruel for the beings it was meant to protect.

          • Judy Gaddis

            So did the horses, cattle, sheep and poultry you say YOU have transported suffer in those terrible conditions of which you speak?????? If so, SHAME on YOU!

          • Susan

            No, they have not. They have not been transported thousands of miles cramped in inappropriate trucks or trailers surroundrd by panicked animals they do not know. They have always been treated gently and have been killed instantly. I researched the facilities befote we have taken animals there. All of the facilities I have used have had a USDA inspector on site as well.
            If you wish to learn more about humane slaughter google Dr. Temple Grandin. She has been instrumental in improving the handling and treatment of animals in slaughter facilities. She has written many books on the subject as well. As a country, we could (and do, though not well enough) legislate and enforce stamdards in the slaughter industry. However, we cannot legislate or enforce best practice in other countries.

          • Judy Gaddis

            We may not be able to legislate or enforce the best practices in other countries but we sure can STOP the transport of horses across the U.S. border INTO those countries.

            This is a no win discussion. I’m out but thanks for the good doctor’s name to Google.

          • dk

            I would not bother Googling it. I have come into the conversation late, but Temple Grandin has failed to design a safe and effective way to kill horses in a horse slaughter setting. I have already posted why in this comment thread, if you would like to read through it.

          • dk

            I am getting into this conversation late, but even Temple Grandin cannot design a safe, effective or humane horse slaughter plant. Horses have a unique physique and mind which makes them very difficult to kill in a horse slaughter setting. 11 holes in a skull in a Temple Grandin horse slaughter plant is not what I would call “success.”

          • savinghorses2

            Yes they are cramped which you just admitted to abuse by American Killer Buyers transporting over capacity trailers illegally. The point is they are doing it Inside America. It’s American kill buyers cramping them in. And even a plant opened in the US it’s still the same scenario.

          • savinghorses2

            Temple Grandin if you Google got mad at United Horsemen and Sue Wallis for implying she was working in conjunction with them and she wasnt, she also is quoted during the summit of the Horse that she wasn’t happy and was advised not to go, and there’s an article where they also got mad when she said it’s not humane.

          • savinghorses2

            Awe the unforeseen consequences……gosh hit with a new propaganda tool sue, oh right you already used it’s not your fault, their starving, it’s AR fault😘Susan it’s Pro slaughter who is buying a glut of horses out from under rescuers and horsepeople. Don’t buy them and let real horse people take over. Horse SLAUGHTER is useless and unwanted. As well your to blame for wanting it back to being abuse back into America and threaten to starve and abandon if we dont. The Intended consequences is to confuse people, right susan, making rescues the bad guys and slaughter buyers the angels? Gosh too bad it’s not happening. We don’t want horse abuse or slaughter or your blame. It’s yours. The blame is you and your partners want to abuse and destroy horses that are viable like the wild horses right Susan. That was the plan all along…..wasnt it? Well Americans don’t want it. Period. Were Not a country in support of abuse we are preventing it and for your consequences you keep SPOUTING here’s mine. Arrest warrants, charges, prosecution, end abuse. That’s the new plan Susan. So that’s the intended consequences of closure catching abusive people and stopping slander of AT and Advpcatez, rescuers and individuals. We all keep watching the threads screenwriting and trust me lawyers love anything documented for a Judge. Just saying.

          • savinghorses2

            Susan I believe Is Sue Humphries slaugherphile meat troll professional slanderer of anti horse slaughter. She’s mixed up AT are not the ones stopping it America is and horsepeople, Intelligent Congressmen and women are respectfully stopping it. Yes, she’s wrong, ARs, Advocates, Americans, Canadians and support from around the World is stopping US slaughter. So Susan as always is brainwashing propaganda technical gibberish isn’t working. Slaughter of horses is vicious, done alive so their heart beats out All their blood, and then dismembered while they are aware. She is for dead bodies cut apart laying on America’s highways again, huge EPA violations and massive abuses all to make herself a quick buck by blaming you and I and AT when it’s Pro horse slaughters fault. Horses are abused far worse with slaughter open and if they abused after law enforcement can prosecute.

          • dk

            Temple Grandin, the guru at designing humane slaughter plants, can’t do it for horses. The recent Canadian horse slaughter plant that she designed saved the skulls for examination. Six months later, a large percentage had more than one blow to the skull. One even had 11 blows. Horses, because of their long necks and unique minds, are hard to kill in a slaughter house setting.

          • savinghorses2

            I am Not AT I’m a Professional Horse Trainer and I live in Dekalb Illinois and I know first hand the violence and abuse. I know exactly what happens to horses it’s you and Duwuettes minions who do not. You’ve never lived it. We have. We know. First hand.

      • savinghorses2

        Is this Susan means silly Susan or are you a different Pro horse slaughter troll we supporter? There is Absolutely NO humane horse slaughter period.

    • Noelle

      Assuming the number is accurate, anyone who breeds a horse without a plan to see that horse through its entire life is at fault and should be held accountable in some way. Certainly, the horses should not be slaughtered and breeders MUST know that. Since the only horses who breed “accidentally” must, by definition, be wild horses, measures should be adopted to control that population, and I cannot imagine there is not a better method of birth control than mass slaughter in the 21st century.

      As to Thoroughbreds, one can’t expect horseracing to be accepted by the general public and for fans to “know” horses as athletes on the track, and then also expect everyone to be OK with the idea of these same athletes being executed and eaten when they are no longer useful to their connections.

    • longtimehorsewoman

      Agreed! I tell that to people all the time. And for those who are especially vehement, I ask how many horses they personally have rescued. Usually the answer is 0, and they quote the fact that horses are expensive to keep, especially if one has to board. It is the sad truth there is not a home for every unwanted horse. Efforts should be aimed at making the process humane. It is nowhere near humane as it is now.

  • billy

    Keep fighting there’s no place for this in modern day society

  • Janette

    I trust that they will ban the use of said horse meat in pet foods also. Pet food is a million dollar business and lately there is a movement by concerned pet owners to switch to feeding pets a species appropriate diet i.e. raw meats, fruits and vegetables. We are all aware that certain brands of dog and cat food have been identified and recalled under suspicion of making thousands and thousands of pets VERY I’LL from kidney damage to liver intoxicication and other serious organ and health maleties, including death. If the horsemeat is deemed unfitt for human consumption then it is clearly not fit for animal/pet consumption either.

    • Manefan

      I agree. Though I’ve never seen “horsemeat” on a dog food ingredient list, I’ve known for a few years that it’s used. I can’t imagine how a producer could reach the opinion that horse meat is okay for ANY being to consume, considering all the meds used. And, as I read this article, even IF the ban on slaughter continues in the U.S., at the very least, export for slaughter would continue. It’s such a grisly practice, to me.

      • Judy Gaddis

        I guess (or know for sure now LOL!) that I am older than many of you because Alpo used to sell canned dog food that was LABELED “horsemeat”! I can remember that as a child and even then I wondered “how can that be allowed?”

        • Manefan

          I never had reason to buy Alpo but I remember their commercials so maybe we are contemporaries after all! I suppose that I should be thankful that Alpo listed it. I am also impressed that you read the ingredient list back then. Though I do now, I sure didn’t then. :)

          • Judy Gaddis

            They didn’t just LIST it – it was one of their VARIETIES! Just like the beef, the chicken, etc. is now.

            I realize because I am not a vegan I may sound like a hypocrite but I won’t even buy the Alpo that has LAMB in it — I refuse to eat lamb so my dogs don’t get it either. Yes, to those who live in a “black and white world” I walk a slippery slope but…………………..

          • Manefan

            I realized after I sent my msg that you were likely talking about an entire can of it. Makes one wonder if we’ve progressed or, if there was simply a more profitable way to market it. Who knows. ;) Cheers to you and slippery slopes! I’m often on the same slope. What should I wear today; grippy shoes or a pair of skis? ;)

          • Susan

            Do you eat beef? Lamb is the same age as most steers. Lamb is processed at weights between 80 and 140 lbs live weight. If the animal was born in the US, it is to under 1 year of age, However if it us imported from another country (Australia or New Zealand are common) then the animal can be up to 4 years of age. Lamb meat is not from those little lambs that everyone thinks are so cute. The animals that are sold as lamb are really small sheep. Lamb meat is not like veal which is actually from very young calves. Lamb is very nutritous. It is also one of the most digestable of all meats.

          • Judy Gaddis

            Many a time, as much as I love a good hamburger, I have thought
            about the poor animal that gave it’s life for what I am enjoying and the less than humane way it died. Not
            to be contrite or belittle a serious topic, but I honestly think if I could give up the guilty pleasure of cheeseburgers and
            bacon I could put forth a serious attempt at being a vegetarian. Now a
            VEGAN (as I understand it they eat NOTHING with eyes including seafood
            which I love) I could never be. I may have the two confused but that is
            how I understand it.

            Not sure about Manefan, but I won’t eat lamb (for one I don’t even like the way it SMELLS) and I forgot ALL ABOUT mentioning VEAL (LOL thanks for reminding me). Just the treatment of those poor veal calves being contained the way they are their entire lives so that they “remain tender” is just barbaric in itself. Talk about some sort of animal welfare group needing to get involved! It’s right up there with the Premarin mare situation the way I see it

            Like I originally said, it is a slippery slope I walk and I often am attacked for being a hypocrite. But the subject here is the slaughter of HORSES and I truly believe anyone on this blog that would eat horse meat needs re-directed elsewhere.

        • Marlaine Meeker

          I remember the Strongheart brand. Yes we are giving our age away. I,too was horrified and was told it’s just the worthless mustangs,sick, and dying horses that were used. when I found out glue came from horses I would not use any.

          • Judy Gaddis

            I am sure we are of the same “generation”………….and I bet you also remember the first time you heard a horse referred to as “ready for the glue factory” and started to figure it out. Now, sadly, most kids don’t even give a rats a** unless it has something to do with electronics or technology. Okay, well maybe they love the family dog or cat – until they have to walk the former or scoop out the litter box of the latter…………..

            I also will bet if you lived in the city as a child (as I did) all you talked about was “I want a pony” and didn’t understand how ANY horse could be “worthless”………….

          • eshever

            If you look up the “history of dog food” or pet food there are several sites that go into some detail about the popularity of canned horse meat before World War II. I believe one company even bred horses especially for that purpose. After WWII companies found it more profitable to make kibble. Horse meat started to fall out of favor with the public as a pet food, though you could still find it for a long time. The Pet Food Institute used to have a long discussion of it on their site but they have removed it.

          • Judy Gaddis

            Interesting info, eshever……………I’ll do some looking into that. Thanks.

          • dk

            Pet food companies took horse meat off the menu in 1972, after it started killing pets.

          • savinghorses2

            It killed pets until it was Federally Banned in 1981. My grandfather was at the meeting of the FRA and USDA that finally closed it down. It was also in chicken feed.

          • savinghorses2

            The plants are not yet banned just no inspections to reopen. There will be so much red tape they won’t ever be able to open.

          • dk

            Let’s hope it never gets to the point of having inspections again. Three were way to close to opening last time, especially the plant in New Mexico.

          • savinghorses2

            Yes. De Los Santos was attempting under a shell company to after he was denied under his own company thinking they could circumvent the laws. I am keeping feelers out for any info on any other shell companies or possible conversaions. The quicker we identify and expose the quicker we prevent their ugly arribal.

          • savinghorses2

            The history of horsemeat was written by Pro horse slaughter many other facts are left out. They did not breed horses for this purpose and the canned meat was about 2500 cans produced and only 200 sold and the rest were given away.

          • eshever

            I’m not an advocate for or against horse meat, though it’s not something that I would want to eat. But I do question your facts. I know lots of people who grew up feeding horse meat to dogs, buying it in stores. LOTS of people. Look up Philip Chappel and Ken-L Ration. The Atlantic even had a recent article detailing the history of horse meat in America. The author glossed over 20-30 years of legal, successful horse meat availability, but did acknowledge it. As for horse meat “killing” pets, that may be the spin that’s put on it because some horse meat will have chemicals in it, but horse meat is not any more likely to kill pets (or people) than any other meat. Like I said, I’m not for or against horse meat, but people who are anti-slaughter should not misstate the facts.

          • savinghorses2

            Ok we Live in Illinois and my Grandfather was the man beaten at the Dekalb plant saving our neighbors horses that were stolen for slaughter. We know Everything about the horsemeat Industry there is to know. The fact is I am Professional Horse Trainer with Championships in AQHA, APHA and ApHC. I have been training for 40 years. I know what I am talking about, I started the grassroots movement to close the plant in Illinois and pushed to start the Food and Export Act, I have worked behind the scenes changing the Industry in every way I can to improve welfare for horses. The USDA Federally had it Banned after a tremendous Lawsuit in 79 and it was forced to stop producing horsemeat for chickens and pets after literally killing thousands of animals and poultry. Ken l Ration was here in Illinois we know the story and the truth very clearly. My grandfather was an important trainer and horse shoer in the Horse Industry We also know Quaker Oats in Danville Illinois was into horse slaughter and just to go back farther there was a plant in Danville Illinois that butchered horses until the owners mysteriously were flu d dead and it was swept under the rug. Yes we Know what were talking about. There’s evidence of each thing I am saying. Horse meat was unaccepted and it even killed people on a reservation which stopped a tribe from eating.

          • eshever

            I respect you and your family’s involvement in trying to improve welfare for horses. Just telling you what I know. People did buy and feed canned horse meat to dogs for decades. I’ve been breeding, showing, and writing about purebred dogs for 30 years. I specialize in writing about dog food. There are plenty of breeders and kennel owners who remember buying canned horse meat when it was available. I suspect that zoos probably bought it for their large carnivores, too. I don’t know if dog people would be interested in feeding it today or not. Maybe not, though people who feed a RAW diet for dogs might be. I read an article on an AG web site earlier this week that pointed out one of the problems with re-starting horse slaughter plants would be that companies would be gambling that the industry wouldn’t be shut down again in a few years — big investment on shaky ground.

          • savinghorses2

            Telling you what I knpw. They actually sold it, it was Banned in 1981. Period. That’s the end. It recently killed dogs by Evangers getting a rendered horse they did not know about. It was traced to the horsemeat DNA, the company sued their meat supplier. It’s banned period. As for reopening they won’t be able to. We tightened restrictions again and will continue to do so. You’ve wrote articles about dogs and horsemeat, we had friends who lost their dogs to the meat and it destroyed their show dog kennel in the 70s. It was devastating and we saw the results first hand.

          • eshever

            Yes, everything you say about Evanger’s is true. But it was not the horse meat that killed the dogs. It was pentobarbital in the food — the drug used to euthanize animals.

          • savinghorses2

            It is banned from consumption including this one which is a euthanasia drug. THEY DIDN’T TEST FARTHER BECAUSE IT WAS A MATCH FIRST ATTEMPT. There will never be pet food in America made from Horses again Ever.

          • eshever

            I believe that horse slaughter is not currently banned for consumption in the U.S., per Congress. However, they don’t allocate any money for USDA inspections of horse slaughter plants, so that’s why it isn’t done here. Isn’t that the case?

          • savinghorses2

            Yes its banned. You cannot import or sell in resteraunts or privately market. In other words even private butchers who are not inspected are arrested if caught selling for human consumption. It’s banned.

          • eshever

            If you say so. It seems to have been batted around in Congress in the last few years. I was under the impression that the main issue was that Congress refused to vote any funds for USDA inspectors.

          • savinghorses2

            It only means if you want to kill and eat your horse you can but no sharing with anybody else. Theres no commercial consumption of horsemeat by humans. So by default its banned. Yet it allows you to consume your own animal if you wish.

          • eshever

            Exactly. No thanks. :)

          • savinghorses2

            So the USDA just cited a Pennsylvania resteraunt for serving it and they were warned second offense would be closure and it wasnt even on the menu. It was brought from Canada, so no its not available for consumption except when you kill and consume your own for yourself only.

          • savinghorses2

            They quit using horses for glue. The glands were used but there was such an uprising glue companies nearly went under

          • Susan Gale Ballarini

            :(

          • Evelyn Waugh

            There was a “Mad Men” episode (or two) where the Strongheart brand & its use of horse meat were referenced.

          • savinghorses2

            Mad men, yes because the mafia used it hidden as beef and were busted as well.

        • longtimehorsewoman

          Yes, horsemeat was used in dog food, and was the main ingredient listed right on the can.

        • savinghorses2

          Also was sied, closed and reopened without horsemeat, later nearly shut down again for the same trick after horsemeat was Federally Banned from pet food.

      • Mindy

        there was a brand of dog food that had to be recalled recently, because it contained ‘euthanasia drugs,’ and it took me a minute to figure out how that could happen, other than sabotage by someone evil, putting death drugs into food….then I realized, it had to be because they used meat from animals who’d been humanely euthanized, then slaughtered, and the drugs remained in the meat

        • savinghorses2

          The Evanger Pet Food Company received product from an out of state supplier they did not tell them it contained horse carcass. The horse was euthanized and picked up by the suppliers instead of being rendered. They illegally hid the meat in beef unannounced to Evanger who dropped the supplier upon my explaining horsemeat is banned Federally from pet foods. They graciously thanked me for the info and sued the supplier.

    • Jasmine A Vaught

      AGREE, NO HORSEMEAT IN ANY LIVING CREATURES DIET! NO HORSE SLAUGHTER ANYWHERE!!!

    • savinghorses2

      First it’s been Banned from pet foods since 1981 Federally after killing thousands of dogs, cats, and chickens. The Ban is still in effect. They snuck horsemeat in and killed dogs via the Evanger pet food and were busted again. I had a trader claim Purina taking dead horses which is seriously an issue. This whole industry just kills anything.

  • ctgreyhound

    This would be the most intelligent & necessary legislation congress has done all year.

  • neicey22

    I’m surprised Paulick included this information on the Safe Act considering he lives in the racing world, one of the largest over-breeding and throw away outfits besides the AQHA! If it wasn’t for them there would be no horse slaughter! Its a over-breeder problem, no different than the puppy milling in our society.

    • Deb Curtis Olivas

      You do realize that the majority of horses that go to slaughter are not race horses , right ?

  • Delrene

    Make it happen! Do something worthwhile.

  • caroline sibley

    I like the idea but what happens to the horses….

    • savinghorses2

      If the killers are buying them then real people buy them. Horses are put down humanely. This all started with kill buyer lies in the first place.

  • savinghorses2

    Call your Congressman and find out more at Colts Western Shop Facebook and Straight from the Horses Heart. Be careful of the Pro slaughter definitions of horsemeat they post definitions that make it appear good for ya when it can give you long-term illness that can make you die a slow and painful death.

  • Bkwarner

    I think wild horses are given dewormers that make them unfit to eat.

  • savinghorses2

    No RACEHORSES are Permanently banned fro. All plants USDA or outside country. They have been known to carve tattoos out of their lips and found severed heads with tattoos at plants which caught them illegally doing it. They had always banned racehorses.

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