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Each year, tens of thousands of American horses—riding horses, carriage horses, race horses, wild horses, and children’s ponies—are inhumanely transported and slaughtered, their meat shipped to places like France, Italy, and Japan for human consumption. Help us end horse slaughter.


Purchased by slaughterhouse middlemen at auction, horses are shipped long distances in cramped trailers without food, water, or rest. The majority of these horses are young, healthy animals who could go on to lead productive lives with loving owners.

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Congress Blocks Horse Slaughter in the U.S.

Congress shunned efforts to start killing horses for food in the U.S. by refusing to spend the $5 million required to inspect slaughterhouses. Horses, horse lovers, and tax payers can all celebrate!

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  • March 5, 2014

    White House Recommends Removal of Horse Slaughter Funding in Proposed 2015 Budget

    President Obama’s FY 2015 budget proposal includes a request for Congress to continue the prohibition on spending tax dollars to inspect horse slaughter plants. The ban—which is strongly supported by The Humane Society of the United States—prevents horses from being slaughtered in the U.S. for human consumption. A similar spending prohibition was put in place from 2005 until 2011 and then re-instated in the FY 2014 omnibus spending bill passed by Congress in January. The restriction on funding has effectively shut the door to the grisly horse slaughter industry on U.S. soil.

  • January 16, 2014

    Congress Blocks Domestic Horse Slaughter

    The spending bill passed this evening by the Senate, and that cleared the House yesterday, includes a provision that halts any efforts to resume slaughtering horses for human consumption on U.S. soil.

  • January 14, 2014

    Congress Urged to Ban Funding for Horse Slaughter

    Congress released the details of a FY 2014 spending bill, which includes language that halts any efforts to resume horse slaughter for human consumption on U.S. soil. The legislation will forbid spending by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on inspections at U.S. horse slaughter plants, reinstating a ban on domestic horse slaughter for the fiscal year. A similar spending prohibition had been put in place in 2005, but it was not renewed in 2011.

  • January 10, 2014

    Bill Richardson Named Humane Horseman of the Year

    Bill Richardson, former New Mexico governor, U.S. Energy Secretary and Ambassador to the United Nations, has been chosen as the 2013 Humane Horseman of the Year by The Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS recognized Richardson for his leadership in working to block horse slaughter from resuming on U.S. soil and his efforts to protect New Mexico’s wild mustang and burro population. Each year, The HSUS offers the award to an individual who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to protect America’s equines.

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