Slaughter is not and cannot be a solution to suffering, as it is inherently cruel. Industrialized slaughter is not and can never be humane, no matter where it is practiced. Horses panic and trample one another while being loaded on to trucks and then suffer from dehydration, starvation, and exposure during transport. At the slaughterhouse, video documentation shows that, frequently, slaughtered horses are not killed cleanly and are subjected to multiple hits by the bolt gun or similar device and are sometimes still alive when butchering begins. Humane euthanasia by a veterinarian is the method that should be employed when horses can no longer be given proper care.
Additionally, Americans have never had a taste for horsemeat – our relationship with the animals goes much deeper than that – and the domestic market for the meat is nonexistent. Further, relying on the fickle tastes of foreign countries is not a serious solution to the needs of neglected horses. Horsemeat consumption is declining worldwide. European countries are now seriously questioning their own consumption of American horsemeat because of carcinogenic residues from veterinary medications used widely in the U.S.
The only way to prevent suffering of horses is to support and build upon existing safety net programs like the Equine Protection Fund, which ensures feed, veterinary care, adoption for needy horses, and humane euthanasia when homes are not available. Horse “overpopulation” is the result of uncontrolled breeding and the lack of an adequate safety net to help horses and families in hard times.
Please sign this petition to say YES to humane equine solutions, and NO to cruel horse slaughter!
We, the undersigned, oppose horse slaughter because it is inherently cruel.
We support humane solutions for equines including support for licensed equine shelters, increased resources for families to keep their horses healthy and at home, and access to humane euthanasia by a licensed professional to give horses a dignified end rather than the panic, fear, and pain of slaughter. Anything less is irresponsible.