Report finds hope for US equine industry after prolonged decline


From: Digital Journal

horseCHICAGO, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA) with the assistance of the Animal Law Coalition has released the first Annual Equine Welfare Report. The report contains statistics and records obtained from federal and state agencies as well as breed registries.

“The findings are grim for the horse industry,” says EWA’s John Holland, “We found that the decline in new registrations which began in 2005 continued into 2013, with some breeds reporting registrations down as much as 75%.”

The report details the price of hay in every state over the past decade with increases in many states of over 100%, and some showing increases as much as 220%. Worst hit were the western and southwestern states, which were plagued by persistent drought.

The report, however, offers a glimmer of hope in recent increases in the amount of land allocated to hay production following the removal of corn ethanol subsidies that Congress terminated in 2011. This marks the first upturn in over a decade.

The report also finds the export of horses to slaughter declined in 2013, down from an almost two decade high in 2012.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • judye michaels

    I hope PRO slaughter people will THINK and believe it instead of turning a blind eye as with the NAS report and the BLM…

    July 15, 2014
  • Robyn Persichitte Gipp

    Love hearing Slaughter was down in 2013….YAHOO!..

    So many rescuers out there too..they also deserve recognition…

    July 15, 2014
  • Lee

    Good news about slaughter so far but I still feel that there is enormous over breeding of horses still going on.
    The economic reality is that if horses are less plentiful, they will become more valuable, more able to find homes and less likely to end up in the kill pens for Mexico & Canada.

    July 16, 2014