Gallery: Obama, Congress Pass Bill Lifting Restriction on US Horse Slau...

Horses roam freely in the Pyrenees in Spain.

To the horror of animal rights supporters everywhere, a week before Thanksgiving President Obama signed into law an agricultural spending bill that allows for the restoration of the American horse slaughter industry. Congress was faced with a choice between lifting the domestic slaughter ban or banning the export of horses for slaughter, and they chose to keep the slaughter on domestic grounds – however there was a reason U.S. plants were closed in the first place. The Humane Society reports that U.S. slaughterhouses have a history of excessive abuse and cruelty, and USDA statistics show that 92 percent of horses slaughtered for meat are “in good condition and able to lead productive lives”. Read on to learn more about this horrific industry – and why we shouldn’t allow it on US soil or support the exportation of horses to foreign slaughterhouses.

Horse slaughter was never banned outright in the states, however a bill passed in 1996 banned the inspection of horse meat, effectively halting the horse slaughtering industry on US soil. This bill had its consequences, however – according to The Washington Times, “In 2010, about 138,000 horses were exported [many to Canada or Mexico] for slaughter”.

The 2007 bill prolonged the horses’ suffering as they were loaded into over-crowded trailers and shipped long distances to slaughterhouses, and even though the new bill eliminates this journey, it doesn’t make it morally sound or acceptable to slaughter these noble animals in the first place. Horses are smart, sensitive animals, the conditions in slaughterhouses are abominable. and industries that support the overpopulation of horses (such as racetracks) shouldn’t be encouraged to breed horses and make a quick buck by selling them for meat.

Via The Washington Times

Lead photo by Marilyn Peddle


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  1. Sofie Larson December 15, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    God why do we need to kill horses for meat!! Don\\\’t you people eat enough meat and kill enough of animals as it is. This world has really gone mad and so damn ass backwards. We are suppose to be a better human race. So, so ashamed of us. God forgive us.

  2. HorseLover January 23, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Honestly, would you eat your favorite pet? A family member? To some people, their pets are like their children, like a part of their family. I have a horse of my own, and she’s one of the best friends that I’ll ever have… she’s always there to listen, and there when I need a run, a hug, a kiss, or even a little trouble for a bad day… So tell me, would YOU eat a part of your family?
    I wish that Obama would have NEVER signed that contract, and I’m sure lots of other people doo…

  3. J_Zen December 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I don’t see why it’s morally wrong to eat horses, any more than it’s morally wrong to eat of any other animal flesh or plant materials.

    Life feeds on life people, it’s what we do. Just because certain living things don’t have cute little human-like hands, or a “face”, or the ability to vocalize, doesn’t make it any less alive or lesser of a being than we.

    Yet, no one laments for the fruits and vegetables who sacrifice themselves for our table.

    Everyone is missing the point, we should all take note of the way the American Indians lived: slay a buffalo, thank the Great Spirit for the sacrifice that your “brother” made to nourish your family, and show your appreciation by not squandering any bit of it that can be used.

    Plants and animals, eat them and appreciate them as equals…for they become you.

  4. ryderlacey December 1, 2011 at 1:45 am

    I think it is a good thing there is no where for sick and injured horses to go. I love horses and have horses but if they are feeding people in need then so be it. Besides are horse market has dropped so low people are giving them away or turning them loose maybe this will bring it up. Hopefully the slaughter house in Ft. Worth Texas wll re open Texas has more skinny horses than u could beleve they are starving at least if they are killed they arent suffering and some little child has a meal.

  5. jojouskali32 November 30, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    how terrible!! just awful!! what is he trying to do???

  6. AJaberjaz November 30, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    What is next slaughter houses for our dogs and cats to ship across sea for those countries that eat those also. I have horses and I think that those who choice to eat horse meat can build their own slaughter houses for them. All I see happening is the president and congress saying these things are all right.

  7. mrmcphee November 30, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I doubt commercial horse meat will ever become viable in the US, at least for human consumption. Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, slaughtering old horses originally used for riding etc. and converting it to, say, dog food, is the green option. Why let them go to waste?

  8. mrmcphee November 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I think this is a step in the right direction. I don’t think commercial horse meat will ever be economically viable in the US, at least for human consumption. Additionally, it would be nice to do what was done years ago with old, dying horses; make use of them for dog food. Vegetarians may balk but whether you eat meat or not, dogs do, and not letting this resource go to waste is the greener option.

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