Despite overwhelming support of banning horse slaughter, a large portion of the general public remains unaware of what happens to Thoroughbred ex-racehorses, show horses, our faithful equine companions, and wild horses and burros that end up at auctions as a result of uninformed owners. Horses are icons of the American culture and the historical heritage of which the United States is built upon. As Debra Lopez, co-founding member of Americans Against Horse Slaughter (AAHS) states, “It’s not American. It’s not our culture.”Horses that typically go to slaughter are not old, sick, diseased or dying as slaughter proponents argue. The reality of horse slaughter is that the majority are young, healthy and useful horses, ponies and foals – both wild and domestic. Horse slaughter is brutal and cruel, and should not be confused with humane euthanasia. The practice involves abuse, beating, prolonged suffering and slaughtering while remaining fully aware and conscious. In 1998, California was successful in abolishing the horrific practice, with more than 5 million votes (60 percent), and saw a decrease of 34 percent in neglect and abuse following the ban. The three remaining foreign-owned slaughter plants in the U.S. (one in Illinois and two in Texas), were closed in 2007 as a result of strong local opposition to the plants within their respective cities. However, American horses continue to be slaughtered in Canada and Mexico for wealthy diners in Europe and Japan where their meat is considered a delicacy. House Bill H.R.2966, The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act and Senate Bill S.1176 would permanently end the inhumane and brutal slaughter of the United State’s horses for human consumption overseas, as well as prevent them from being transported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. Horse slaughter is not driven by a need to compete with an over-population of unwanted horses, but by the European and Japanese demand for horse flesh for human consumption. Pro-slaughter supporters are proposing new slaughter plants in the U.S., therefore; passing federal legislation is critical to the current and future welfare of America’s horses. AAHS calls on the American people to consider the substantial role horses have played in the progress of our great nation, as well as the cultural significance they’ve so gracefully bestowed upon our country…that of, the American horse.
Americans Against Horse Slaughter is a non- funded, grassroots national movement comprised of supporters of a federal ban on the slaughter and the transport to slaughter of American horses for human consumption overseas. Americans Against Horse Slaughter has no other agenda, other than to stop the brutal slaughter of American horses.