FACT: A ban on horse slaughter does not lead to an increase in unwanted horses or abuse and neglect.
USDA statistics show that over 92 percent of horses slaughtered are in good condition and able to live productive lives.
In California, where horse slaughter was banned in 1998, there has been no corresponding rise in cruelty and neglect cases, while horse theft dropped by 34 percent after the ban.
In Illinois, when the plant was
shut down for two years, horse neglect and abuse decreased in the state.
Allowing one's horse to starve is not an option in any state. State anti-cruelty laws prohibit such neglect.
Most horses who go to slaughter
are not unwanted, but instead wind up in the hands of killer buyers
because they are in good health and will bring a good price per pound
for their meat.
FACT: American horse slaughter plants are not more humane than their counterparts in other countries.
Undercover footage from inside horse slaughter facilities in the U.S. demonstrated how horrific these plants were.
Many horses were conscious when they were shackled and hoisted by a rear leg to have their throats cut. Employees whipped horses in the face. Mares were allowed to give birth on the kill floors.
The USDA recently released photos of horses with broken bones protruding from their bodies, eyeballs hanging by a thread of skin, and open wounds, all taken at former U.S. horse slaughter plants.
We should not allow our horses to
be subjected to this tremendous cruelty inside — or outside — of our
FACT: Horse slaughter is cruel and inhumane, and no way to end a horse's life.
"Euthanasia" means a gentle, painless death provided to prevent suffering.
Horse slaughter means a brutal and terrifying full of pain and suffering.Video evidence taken in countries like the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Great Britain and Japan demonstrates time and again that cruelty is inherent to horse slaughter and is no way — no matter how it is conducted — to end a horse's life.
When no other option exists, horses should be humanely euthanized by a licensed veterinarian. The vast majority of horse owners (as high as 99%) already use humane euthanasia for old or ill horses.
Learn how you can insure your horse for a humane end.