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.
We have made ending the slaughter of America's horses for human consumption one of our top priorities.
News & Events
November 4, 2013
A coalition of advocates has appealed a federal court ruling clearing the way for horse slaughter to resume on U.S. soil. Plaintiffs in the case are The Humane Society of the United States and Front Range Equine Rescue, the state of New Mexico and other individuals. The groups also asked the Federal Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to block all horse slaughter inspections until the appeal is resolved.
November 1, 2013
A federal judge in the court case regarding horse slaughter in the U.S. has reversed course from her initial ruling and cleared the way for U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections of horse slaughter plants in several states. The Humane Society of the United States will not only appeal the decision, but also work with the states to block the plants from opening in Iowa, Missouri and New Mexico and step up its efforts in Congress to stop the slaughter of American horses -- in the states and also in Canada and Mexico.
September 19, 2013
The United States District Court should block federal inspections at a Missouri horse slaughter plant, per a motion filed today by The Humane Society of the United States and Front Range Equine Rescue, along with other horse protection organizations and several individuals. Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture announced imminent plans to provide inspections at the Missouri plant Rains Natural Meats, which would allow the facility to begin slaughtering horses for human consumption.
August 13, 2013
Iowa company Responsible Transportation is dropping plans to slaughter horses.
October 16, 2013
The city of Bennettsville, S.C., received a $5,000 grant from The Humane Society of the United States to eliminate gas chamber use at the city’s animal shelter. The funds will be used for training staff members and purchasing necessary supplies and equipment for the euthanasia by injection method.
September 10, 2013
Major puppy mill victory: The USDA is cracking down on unlicensed puppy mills. All large-scale breeders that sell dogs and other warm-blooded pets using the Internet, phone, or mail will be licensed and regularly inspected for basic humane care standards.
August 8, 2013
A bill to increase penalties for extreme animal neglect is now law in New Jersey. "Patrick's Law," was named in honor of Patrick, a young dog who endured severe neglect and was found almost starved to death. Patrick's suffering has become emblematic of the need for New Jersey to treat extreme animal neglect with the seriousness it deserves.
July 30, 2013
A U.S. District Court in Texas upheld federal regulations to prevent the practice of “soring,” in which trainers abuse horses to force them to perform an unnatural high-stepping gait for competitions.