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Band of wild horses

Editor's Note: After this story was originally published, it was brought to our attention that some of the language could be interpreted differently than intended. The HSUS does not believe that wild horses are overpopulated, and the story's subtitle has been revised to remove the word...

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Karen E. Lange
Horses eating in the street

The injured foal has tried to find some respite from the harsh glare of midday, wandering into a stranger’s backyard to seek the shade of two palm trees there. Now she lies on her side, barely moving, just off the main street out of Esperanza, a pretty little town on the island of Vieques, Puerto...

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M. Carrie Allan

This list is provided as a resource for horse owners and is for informational purposes only. Please contact specific vendors for more information on their services. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of all listings. This list is not exhaustive and is subject to change over time. The...

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MEDIA DOWNLOADS Supporters of horse slaughter put forth many arguments to support their position. But if you look at the facts, you'll see the truth: The slaughter of horses for meat is not only unnecessary and inhumane, it is also harmful in many ways. Below are answers to some of the most common...

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American wild horses
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Karen E. Lange

Soring involves the intentional infliction of pain to a horse's legs or hooves in order to force the horse to perform an artificial, exaggerated gait. Caustic chemicals—blistering agents like mustard oil, diesel fuel and kerosene—are applied to the horse's limbs, causing extreme pain and suffering...

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To thrive, horses require healthy amounts of food and water, adequate shelter and competent care. Horse owners must commit a great deal of time, energy, skill and money to ensuring their horses have everything they need to live a happy, healthy life of thirty years or more. Any time a horse changes...

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Updates April 9, 2014: Senate Committee Approves Bill to Protect Tennessee Walking Horses from Abuse September 18, 2012: Federal Court Sentences Former Tennessee Walking Horse Trainer Jackie McConnell August 17, 2012: The Humane Society of the United States Launches Hotline for Tips on Horse Soring...

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WASHINGTON—Sens. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, introduced legislation today to permanently end the slaughter of American horses for human consumption in the United States and abroad. The John Stringer Rainey Safeguard American...

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal lawmakers introduced legislation today to permanently ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the United States and end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad. Introduced by Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), the...

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Proper feeding is a critical part of equine care.

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Horses in the U.S. are not raised for food. They are bred for transportation, farm work, sport and companionship—not for meat. But some groups are eager to bring horse slaughter plants back to the U.S.—despite the terrible cruelty of horse slaughter, the risks to human health associated with tainted...

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Young horse people can learn a great deal from a relationship with a horse—personal responsibility, problem-solving, self-confidence and communication. While having a horse in the family can be rewarding, being a successful horse owner requires a great deal of time, money, and a lasting commitment...

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Two horses near Havasu Falls, Arizona

From the edge of the canyon, looking out at the towering stone ridges and the sun-spackled desert valley, listening to the wind whistle around the rocks, it seems like it could be a hundred, a thousand or even 10,000 years ago, when this isolated Arizona chasm leading to the Colorado River and the...

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M. Carrie Allan

The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund are noted champions for the protection and well-being of the nation’s wild horses and burros, and we have strong policy and practical commitments to the humane management of their herds on America’s Western ranges. We...

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Our troubled economy has a trickle-down effect onto animals. Horse owners who struggle financially often find it difficult to adequately care for their high-maintenance animals. The result is a record-high number of horses who suffer from neglect or starvation. Some are even being sent to slaughter...

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WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing today on “Improving Safety and Transparency in America’s Food and Drugs.” Included on the agenda for this hearing was the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 961), federal...

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