Horse Protection

A horse slaughterhouse where callous
treatment often results in the horses'
prolonged suffering.

Horse Slaughter: A Shocking Practice

Approximately 90,000 horses - most of them racehorses, work horses or pets - were slaughtered in this country in 2005, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Tens of thousands more were shipped live to Canada and Mexico for slaughter there.

Fact Sheet on Horse Slaughter

FAQ about Horse Slaughter

American horses are slaughtered for human consumption in Europe and Asia where the meat is considered a delicacy. There are just three horse slaughter facilities in the U.S., and all are foreign-owned. Two are in Texas, the other is in Illinois.

This is Not 'Humane Euthanasia'

Supporters of the practice refer to horse slaughter as “humane euthanasia”, but there can be no mistaking it – horse slaughter is not humane. Poll after poll show that Americans want the cruelty to end.

Most horses arrive at the slaughterhouse via livestock auctions where, often unknown to the seller, they are bought by middlemen working for the slaughter plants. These so-called "killer buyers" collect young, old, sick and healthy animals until their trucks are full.

Callous treatment of horses at the slaughterhouse often results in their prolonged suffering. Panicked horses are prodded and beaten off the truck and into the kill-chute. Improper use of stunning equipment results in horses enduring repeated blows to the head and remaining conscious during their own slaughter.

The Solution: Passage of Permanent Ban

The only permanent solution to end this cruel trade is passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act to prohibit the transport of horses for slaughter here or abroad.

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Transport of Horses to Slaughter

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