Horse slaughter issue likely to grab more congressional attention


This article from a pro-rancher website Agri-Pulse. That they do not give all the facts should be of no surprise. They have money which gives them a great deal of political clout. You can comment below their article after you click “Continue Reading” link. ~ HfH


horseslaughterWASHINGTON, May 13, 2014-Legislation that would permanently ban horse slaughter in the U.S. and prohibit the sale of horses to other countries for human consumption may get increased traction in Congress as a temporary ban on slaughter facilities ends.

Currently, under the fiscal year 2014 omnibus appropriations bill, companies are effectively banned from conducting horse slaughter operations in the nation until Sept. 30. This was done by prohibiting funding for USDA inspectors to conduct work in the three facilities that were gearing up to begin operations. That legislation, however, did not ban the sales of horses to Canada and Mexico.

Two pending bills (S. 541, H.R. 1094) in Congress would permanently ban U.S. horse slaughter facilities as well as interstate or foreign sales of horses for human consumption. The Senate bill, offered by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has 28 co-sponsors from both parties and is awaiting action in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The House bill, offered by Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., has 170 cosponsors and was referred to three committees. Meehan and other lawmakers recently requested that the House Appropriations Committee reinstate the temporary ban in the FY 2015 agriculture appropriations bill.

The horse slaughter issue essentially pits the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and animal rights activists against farmers and ranchers who are dealing with an overpopulation of wild horses, which are chewing up pastures and rangeland.

Former Congressman Charlie Stenholm, D-Texas, who has lobbied for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and fought to allow horse slaughter facilities to open, said keeping those U.S. facilities closed has not reduced the number of horses sold across the border, where the animals may not be treated as humanely as in the United States.

Stenholm said there are more horses being turned loose as people learn they cannot afford the animals, and that there is no practical market for them. Stenholm estimates there are about 50,000 horses in the wild, mostly on public lands in the western United States.

As for other options, euthanizing a horse and burying the carcass can cost between $400 and $2,000, Stenholm said, noting that a farmer also would lose out on a potential $500 from the sale to a slaughterhouse.

Continue Reading

AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • vickysecho

    can you believe that crap!

    May 19, 2014
  • Judye822

    If anyone would like to learn just how “humane” horse slaughter was when performed in America, just visit You can also find out how much it cost Americans. It’s time to get the SAFE Act passed and eliminate a dump for money option!!!

    May 19, 2014
  • Tereasa Jackson

    What a slanted article. Such bullcrap! I am a horsewoman of over 35 years and not an animal rights activist! And there are thousands of us, not PETA folks. Horses are not raised for food like cattle, etc. And in saying that lets just talk health, they are given medications that are not for human consumption and people are getting sick! You think its so humane ,visit one of the slaughter houses. Also,people need to be more responsible, they just want to dump their horses, abuse and neglect is rampant, but look how rampant it was back when the U.S. slaughterhouses were open. Do some research and quit taking money from the Cattlemen and represent the people, we are mighty also and we can unite and vote your butts out!

    May 20, 2014
  • Maggie Frazier

    So many really accurate comments – I didn’t feel I could add anything to them. Lots & lots of very aware people, including farmers & ranchers!! Good.

    May 20, 2014
    • Robynne Catheron

      So many FALSE statements, Maggie Frazier! For one, how can wild horses possibly “chew up” pastures and rangeland when cattle outnumber horses 50-1? Secondly, those rangelands were federally granted to the horses by Congress, unanimously. To the wild horses, NOT to privately-owned cattle. Those cattle ranchers who are “welfare grazing” need to feed their own cows on their own land, quit their bellyaching, and quit paying their legislators to get them cheap grazing land that doesn’t rightfully belong to them.
      I highly recommend anyone who agrees with or supports the views printed here do their research so they can make educated statements instead of blindly spouting off at the mouth.

      May 22, 2014
  • Robynne Catheron

    Please delete my second comment. It’s a duplicate, and not at all what I’d say to the ignorant, one-sided, and greedy ag boys. Even if I could make a comment in response to that article it probably wouldn’t be well-received anyway šŸ™

    May 22, 2014
    • Posted by Habitat for Horses

      so delete this one: :Hmmm, Iā€™m not seeing a place for reader comments” ???just making sure

      May 22, 2014