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Current state: Each US-based slaughter house was closed in 2007. However several states are considering pro-slaughter resolutions. It is important to pass Federal legislation in order to stop horses being exported to Mexico and Canada for slaughter and ensure no new slaughter houses emerge in the United States.

A little over 133,000 horses were exported to Canada (77,073 up 83% over 2007) and Mexico (56,731 up 24% over 2007) for slaughter in 2008. 14% more US-based horses were slaughtered in 2008 over 2007 (117,700) despite the remaining slaughter houses closing down in 2007. Source John Holland.

Horse meat is generally not consumed in the United States. The horse slaughter industry is a function of the demand for horse meat in Europe and parts of Asia. And the fear that if horse slaughter is ended, then animal welfare groups will then target other livestock slaughter (slippery slope argument).

The following is a strategy and resource document for those interested in helping to end horse slaughter. We have also written a detailed essay on the topic of horse slaughter. And we are sponsoring a $1,000 YouTube Horse Slaughter Contest.


March 26, 2009

The Senate Introduces S727 - The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act. [1]

Landrieu, Ensign Introduce Legislation to Stop Horse Slaughter

The Humane Society of the United States applauds U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and John Ensign, R-Nev., for reintroducing legislation Thursday that would stop Mexico and Canada from killing and butchering tens of thousands of healthy American horses and prohibit the slaughter of American horses in the United States for sale to European and Asian countries. The passage of this critical legislation — The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act — is a top priority for The HSUS and other animal welfare and equine rescue organizations, veterinarians and horse industry groups.

Original cosponsors of this legislation include Senators Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Robert Byrd, D- W.Va., Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., Thomas Carper, D-Del., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., Ted Kennedy, D- Mass., John Kerry, D-Mass., Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Carl Levin, D-Mich., Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., John McCain, R-Ariz., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J.

"This bill could finally take American horses off the menu for good, and put an end to the disrespectful and inhumane treatment of a class of animals that have helped to shape and build American culture," said Wayne Pacelle, The HSUS' president and CEO. "The opponents of this legislation take a miserly and selfish attitude toward these creatures, and we can certainly do better than to ship horses hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles, in unbearable conditions to slaughter plants in Mexico and Canada."

State legislatures have acted to stop horse slaughter, shuttering the last remaining foreign-owned horse slaughter plants in the United States in 2007, and federal courts have upheld those state laws. But Congress has failed to act to stop the export of live horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter, which is still occurring. More than 86,000 horses were sent across U.S. borders to slaughter in Canada or Mexico in 2008, surpassing the number of exports to date in 2007.

"America's horses are being beaten and dragged across the border into Mexico and Canada so that they can be inhumanely slaughtered for food. I will continue to fight in Congress to end this brutal practice and ensure that American horses will no longer be savagely slaughtered for human consumption," Sen. Landrieu said.

"The time to put an end to the practice of slaughtering horses in America is long overdue," Sen. Ensign said. "Horses have an important role in the history of our country, particularly the West, and they deserve our protection. As a senator and a veterinarian, I am committed to doing what I can for these magnificent animals." Sen. Ensign is the only veterinarian serving in the U.S. Senate.

In January, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., introduced the House version of the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, H.R. 503. Past congressional actions on horse slaughter have demonstrated a strong, bipartisan desire to prohibit the killing of horses for human consumption. In the 109th Congress, legislation to stop horse slaughter passed the Senate by a more than two-to-one margin and passed the House numerous times by a margin of more than 100 votes. But in the 110th Congress, prior legislation, H.R. 503, introduced by Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., and John Spratt, D-S.C, and S. 311, introduced by Sens. Landrieu and Ensign, was not enacted because it was blocked by House committee leaders and Western senators. Animal advocates hope the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act will advance quickly in the House and Senate in the 111th Congress.

Butchering horses is a particularly cruel end for these loyal and trusting creatures. The HSUS documented the cruelty and abuse when investigators followed "killer buyers" who transport horses thousands of miles from auctions to feedlots to interstate highways. The HSUS also documented a barbaric method of slaughter on a kill floor in Juarez, Mexico, in which thousands of horses were, and still are, stabbed with short knives, leaving them paralyzed and unable to breathe. Horses may still be conscious when they are hoisted up by a chain and when their throats are slit. Recent documentation uncovered by horse welfare advocates demonstrates that the U.S. plants were equally inhumane and riddled with gross abuse. There is no humane way to slaughter horses for food and no reason to prop up this ailing and unpopular industry.

The HSUS is joined by members of Congress, the National Show Horse Registry, American Horse Defense Fund, Veterinarians for Equine Welfare, United States Equine Sanctuary & Rescue and more than 500 endorsing organizations along with the majority of Americans in support of a ban on the slaughter of horses for human consumption.


September 2008 – House Judiciary Committee passes H.R. 6598 by voice vote after majority reject multiple poison pill amendments.

July 2008 – Conyers and Burton introduce H.R. 6598, legislation amending Title 18 to prohibit horse slaughter for human consumption as a form of equine cruelty.

September 2007 - A three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit unanimously upholds the Illinois state law banning the slaughter of horses for human consumption in that state.

May 2007 – Illinois governor signs H.B. 1711, banning horse slaughter in Illinois.

May 2007 – The U.S. Supreme Court announces that it denies to consider an appeal of the lower court decision upholding Texas' ban on the sale of horsemeat for human consumption.

April 2007 – The U.S. House of Representatives passes H.R. 249 to restore a decades-old ban on the commercial sale and slaughter of wild horses first enacted under the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. House vote: 277-137

April 2007 – The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee votes 15-7 to approve S. 311 to ban horse slaughter and exports of horses for slaughter.

March 2007 - A federal district court orders the U.S. Department of Agriculture to stop inspecting horsemeat at the Cavel International slaughter plant, effectively closing the last operating horse slaughtering operation in the United States.

March 2007 – The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirms a decision upholding a Texas state law banning the sale of horsemeat for human consumption.

September 2006 – The U.S. House of Representatives passes H.R. 503, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. The 109th Congress adjourns before the Senate can consider the bill. House vote: 263-146

September 2005 – The U.S. Senate approves the Ensign-Byrd Amendment to the FY 2006 Agriculture Appropriations Bill to prohibit the use of tax dollars to pay for inspections of horsemeat. Senate vote: 69-28

June 2005 – The U.S. House of Representatives approves the Sweeney-Spratt-Rahall-Whitfield Amendment to the FY 2006 Agriculture Appropriations Bill to prohibit the use of tax dollars to pay for inspections of horsemeat. House vote: 269-158

May 2005 – The U.S. House of Representatives approves the Rahall-Whitfield Amendment to the FY 2006 Interior Appropriations Bill to restore federal protections from commercial sale and slaughter to wild horses and burros. House vote: 249-159. The provision is stripped in conference from the final bill.

Video footage from The HSUS' horse slaughter investigations is at


January 15th, 2009

The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (HR503) was introduced on Wednesday by House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) andRepresentative Dan Burton (R-IN). The bill which will ban horse slaughter and the transport of horses to slaughter for human consumption was first introduced in the summer of 2008. While it had strong bipartisan support and passed out of the Judiciary Committee, time ran out for the 110thCongress.

The swift introduction of HR503 to the 111th Congress indicates just how committed Chairman Conyers is to ending horse slaughter and the brutal conditions surrounding this practice. HR503 already has 60 co-sponsors in the House and has strong bipartisan support.

"The horse is an American icon, and it is a betrayal of our responsibility to these animals to treat them like cheap commodities and send them across our borders for slaughter", said Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States.

Although the last remaining horse slaughter plants operating in the US were shut down in 2007, the practice continues by transporting our horses to Canada and Mexico where they are brutally slaughtered and their meat is shipped overseas as a delicacy in Europe and Asia.

“There are naysayers who claim we should reopen the US plants rather than seek to ban all horse slaughter. Clearly, they’ve already forgotten how awful the plants here were,” said Chris Heyde, Deputy Director of Government and Legal Affairs for the Animal Welfare Institute.

Americans Against Horse Slaughter is a non funded, grassroots movement comprised of supporters of a federal ban on the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. People from all walks of life and from all parts of the country have joined together to form AAHS. “We have no other agenda, other than to stop the slaughter of American horses. This should not be a political issue but one of humanity,” said Shelley Abrams, one of the co-founders of AAHS.

To join the movement and help end the suffering of hundreds of thousands of American horses or for more information, please join


111th CONGRESS 1st Session

H. R. 503

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit certain conduct relating to the use of horses for human consumption.


To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit certain conduct relating to the use of horses for human consumption.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009'.


(a) In General- Chapter 3 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`Sec. 50. Slaughter of horses for human consumption

`(a) Except as provided in subsection (b), whoever knowingly--

`(1) possesses, ships, transports, purchases, sells, delivers, or receives, in or affecting interstate commerce or foreign commerce, any horse with the intent that it is to be slaughtered for human consumption; or

`(2) possesses, ships, transports, purchases, sells, delivers, or receives, in or affecting interstate commerce or foreign commerce, any horse flesh or carcass or part of a carcass, with the intent that it is to be used for human consumption; shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years or both.

`(b) If--

`(1) the defendant engages in conduct that would otherwise constitute an offense under subsection (a);

`(2) the defendant has no prior conviction under this section; and

`(3) the conduct involves less than five horses or less than 2000 pounds of horse flesh or carcass or part of a carcass; the defendant shall, instead of being punished under that subsection, be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

`(c) As used in this section, the term `horse' means any member of the family Equidae.'.

(b) Clerical Amendment- The table of sections for chapter 3 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

`50. Slaughter of horses for human consumption.'.


For an up to date, daily list of co-sponsors, go to:

Search by Bill number: HR503 and you can then click on co-sponsors


Dear Friends,

Every time we turn around it seems that a new resolution and/or legislation is popping up in various states to encourage horse slaughter back in the United States.

It’s also clear that many of these pro slaughter proponents continue to make the argument that we are merely animal rights activists advocating a Vegan diet for all Americans. Please continue to make the case that American’s Against Horse Slaughter has no other agenda but to end horse slaughter.

California recently introduced a joint Senate Resolution (SJR22) which publicly states the desire of the California Legislature to see Congress enact The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act HR503 and S727. This is awesome and we encourage you all to take a look at the language in this resolution.

With that said, State Senate Majority leader Dean Florez needs to hear from Californians. Letters are needed now from Individuals and Organizations. Please see the following thread and make sure alert your friends, family and co-workers.

Please continue to call your two Senators and Representative and ask them to co sponsor HR503 and S727 if they haven’t already.

And finally, for those of you who are able to do more and have not received the current target list, please email us at

Thanks for all you do

Shelley and Deb

Americans Against Horse Slaughter

FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE - You can use this toll-free number 800-828-0498 and ask for a legislator by name (or ask for extension, last 5 numbers of legislator's office phone)

Remember, WE ARE BARBARO’S VOICE.....and now we are CJ's voice....Let it be heard.

Shelley and Deb Americans Against Horse Slaughter

State Horse Slaughter Actions

Several states are now trying to implement pro slaughter legislation.

State resolutions opposing HR503:

Arizona (SCM 1001): Resolution opposing HR503. Introduced in Senate on 1/29/09.

Arkansas (HCR 1004): Resolution opposing HR503. Passed full House on 1/29/09 and referred to Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development. Passed Senate Committee and passed Senate on April 2.

An anti-slaughter resolution (SCR 11) has also been introduced in the Senate Agriculture Committee. Hearing scheduled for Tuesday 3/17/09. SCR 11 hearing rescheduled for March 19.

Idaho (HJM 005): Instructs Idaho's congressional delegation to vote against the Conyers-Burton Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (HR 503). Introduced into Idaho's House State Affairs Committee the week of March 10 by State Rep. Thomas F. Loertscher

Kansas (HCR 5004): Resolution opposing HR503. House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted out favorably to the whole House on 2/17/09. Full vote in House not yet scheduled.

Minnesota (SF 133): Resolution opposing HR503. Referred to Senate Committee on Agriculture and Veterans on 1/22/09.

Missouri (House: HCR 19; Senate: SCR 8): Resolution opposing HR503. Missouri Senate passed resolution 31 - 1 3/5.

North Dakota (SCR 4021): Resolution opposing HR503. Passed full Senate (2/17/09), referred to House Agriculture Committee. Hearing scheduled for 3/5/09.

South Dakota (SCR 2): Resolution opposing HR503. Passed full Senate (2/3/09) and full House (2/5/09).

Utah (HJR 7): Resolution opposing HR503. Passed full House (1/30/09) and full Senate (2/12/09) and sent to Lieutenant Governor.

Wyoming (HJR 8): Resolution opposing HR503. Passed full House (2/10/09) and full Senate (2/26/09). Signed by Governor on 3/3/09.

Bills to promote private investor plant development or legalize sale of horse meat:

Illinois (HB 0583): Overturns state ban on horse slaughter. Passed House Agriculture and Conservation Committee; waiting for vote in full House. Vote expected 3/31 Turned down: ILL House Votes Down Horse Slaugher Bill

Montana (HB 418): Authorizes construction of horse slaughter plant. Passed full House on 2/25/09 and transferred to Senate. March 12 Senate committee met. Meets again Tuesday 17th. The Montana House of Representatives strongly endorsed a bill Feb. 24 that paves the way for construction of a horse slaughterhouse in Montana March 17 Senate committee voted 7 - 2 for the bill. Senate voted 27 - 23 for the bill 3/19. Vetoed: Governor VETOS 418 And now back to the governor unammended: Governor VETOS 418 Horse slaughter bill is now law: Montana horse slaughter bill becomes law

North Dakota (HB 1496): Bill to fund $50,000 study on feasibility of opening a horse slaughter plant. Passed by full House and passed the Senate.

Tennessee (HB 1361): Legalizes the sale of horse meat in TN in the form of whole carcasses. Referred to House Agriculture Committee (2/19/09). TN slaughter bill passes committee (5/16)

List of States Introducing Slaughter Legislation Grows

Also, the following link will give you the updated information of the states that need our help.

Bills to support ending horse slaughter

Rhode Island (HR 6026) House passes bill for anti slaughter resolution: RI House Votes to Support HS Ban

Wisconsin (SB 142) Senate Bill: anti HS Bill introduced in WI Senate !!!


111TH CONGRESS Congress Directory

Detailed Essay on Horse Slaughter

We have written a detailed essay on horse slaughter that provides the following:

1. A history of the movement since 2006

2. An understanding of how Washington works

3. An overview of the anti-slaughter community

4. An explanation of the horse slaughter pipeline

5. An overview of what is wrong with horse slaughter

6. The arguments presented to justify horse slaughter

7. The reality as to why we do slaughter our horses

8. An explanation as to why some horse people are pro-slaughter

9. And alternatives to slaughter

It is here: Deconstructing the Horse Slaughter Issue Good background reading for anyone getting involved in this issue.

2008 Bills That Died in Congress

House HR6598

House (HR503)

Senate (S311)

Timeline of Past Legislation

There were three slaughter houses in the US. As of September 21, 2007 the final remaining slaughter house lost their appeal to remain open.


The two slaughter houses in Texas stopped slaughtering horses for human consumption early 2007 after a 1991 Texas law (based on a 1949 state law) banning the sale of horse meat for human consumption was upheld by a panel of judges at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. On March 5, 2007, the Circuit Court of Appeals denied the slaughter houses' request for the entire appeals court to rehear the appeal. On May 21, 2007, the United States Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari filed by the slaughterhouses. A third slaughter house (from Mexico) also sued as a plaintiff in the federal lawsuit along with the Texas slaughter houses, which is why the official name of the case is "Empacadora de Carnes de Fresnillo, et al., v. Tim Curry". Tim Curry is the Texas Criminal District Attorney sued by the slaughterhouses.


September 21, 2007

Cavel Appeal Denied. Temporary injunction revoked. Cavel is the last slaughter house in United States to close!!

July, 5, 2007

Illinois Law Banning Horse Slaughter Upheld in Federal Court

Rockford, Ill. (July 5, 2007) US District Court Judge Frederick Kapala rendered a decision today against Cavel International, the last remaining horse slaughter plant in the US. Judge Kapala was not persuaded by the plants attempt to declare a recently enacted Illinois law making it a crime to slaughter horses for human consumption unconstitutional.

On May 25, 2007, Cavel had filed suit in federal court challenging the enforceability of Illinois law banning horse slaughter. In early June, Judge Kapala granted Cavel a temporary restraining order, preventing the state from prosecuting the slaughterhouse under the law. He subsequently extended that protection for 10 business days but then denied any further injunctive relief to Cavel on June 25, 2007. Judge Kapala did not believe he had jurisdiction to make any further determinations on the merits of this case due to an appeal pending in the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. However, on July 3rd, the 7th Circuit ordered Judge Kapala to proceed on Cavels request for further injunctive relief and with a final decision on the merits of the case.

Judge Kapala analyzed Cavels arguments that the Illinois state law is preempted by the Federal Meat Inspection Act, a violation of the Commerce Clause, and a violation of the states police power. In rendering his decision against Cavel he found that the slaughterhouse failed to demonstrate any constitutional infirmity in the state law.

We are very pleased to have a federal court ruling that upholds the constitutionality of Illinois state law banning horse slaughter, said Tracy Silverman, an attorney with the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI). This decision is one more important victory on the road to banning horse slaughter in America once and for all.

Attorneys for Cavel International may appeal the decision to the Court of Appeals. However, todays ruling means that the doors remain shut on the slaughter plant, sparing the lives of thousands of Americas horses.

June 28, 2007

Order keeping last US horse slaughter plant open to expire

CHICAGO: A federal judge refused a request to stay open from the last U.S. slaughterhouse that kills horses for human consumption.

Belgian-owned Cavel International Inc.'s site was set to close at midnight Friday, when a temporary court order allowing it to stay open was to expire, according to Cavel attorney Phil Calabrese.

The plant has operated for about 20 years and slaughters about 1,000 horses a week, according to plant officials. Except for a portion sold to U.S. zoos, the meat is shipped to diners overseas.

"Obviously we're disappointed with the ruling," said Calabrese, adding that the company could file an appeal as soon as Friday.

Critics say the slaughterhouse process is inhumane. Supporters say that without horse slaughterhouses, older or otherwise marginalized horses would be neglected or abandoned because some owners will not pay to have them euthanized.

In late May, Governor Rod Blagojevich signed a law banning the import, export, possession and slaughter of horses intended for human consumption.

The company immediately challenged the state law in federal court. U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Kapala granted a temporary order in early June that prevented officials from enforcing the ban.

Kapala extended the order once, but on Thursday refused to allow Cavel to stay open longer.

The judge has not ruled on Cavel's original challenge, and said he will not do so until a related matter whether the Humane Society of the United States can be a party in the case winds its way through the appeals system.

Jun 14, 2007

Ill. Slaughterhouse Can Stay Open Longer

CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal judge on Thursday extended an order allowing the nation's last operating horse slaughterhouse to remain in business while it challenges a state law that would force it to close.

Cavel International Inc.'s site in DeKalb slaughters horses for human consumption by overseas diners, except for a portion sold to U.S. zoos. In late May, Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a law banning the import, export, possession and slaughter of horses for human consumption.

Soon after, U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Kapala granted a temporary restraining order preventing state and DeKalb County officials from enforcing the ban while he considered a Cavel lawsuit claiming the Illinois law is unconstitutional.

That order was due to expire at midnight Thursday. But after a hearing, Kapala extended the order allowing the plant to stay open for 10 more business days, according to the judge's chambers and attorneys for several animal-rights groups granted "friend of the court status" in the case.

Cavel lawyers say the law violates the interstate and foreign commerce clauses of the U.S. Constitution. They argue its closure would deprive about 55 people of jobs.

Groups that have lobbied for bans on horse slaughterhouses say the process is inhumane. They also argue the nation has no tradition of raising horses to be killed for meat and shouldn't be doing so to satisfy foreign consumers.

Two other U.S. plants, both in Texas, closed this year. A federal appeals court upheld a Texas law banning horse slaughter for the sale of meat for food, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up the case.

June 1st, 2007 Cavel Granted TRO: See Press Release From SAPL below

U.S. District Court Judge Allows Horse Slaughter Plant to Temporarily Slaughter Horses While Lawsuit is Underway

Rockford, Ill. ( June 1, 2007) - The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) denounces a decision made today by the Honorable Frederick J. Kapala of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to allow a horse slaughter plant to temporarily evade prosecution under a newly enacted Illinois law banning the slaughter of horses in the state for human consumption. The measure, which was strongly supported by legislative arm, the Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL), passed overwhelmingly in both chambers of the Illinois legislature and was signed into law by Governor Rod Blagojevich on May 24th. The next day, Cavel International, Inc., the only horse slaughter plant in Illinois, filed suit seeking to invalidate the state law. Additionally, the plant requested injunctive relief, which was the subject of todays hearing.

By temporarily enjoining enforcement of Illinois law, todays ruling will allow Cavel International to resume its slaughter of Americas horses, a practice that continues to be abhorred not only by people of Illinois but by citizens all across America, noted Tracy Silverman, an attorney with AWI.

Cavel International sets forth a variety of arguments in its lawsuit to invalidate Illinois new law. Some of these same arguments were recently rejected by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in a separate challenge of a Texas law banning the sale of horsemeat for human consumption.

In the coming days, the nationally renowned law firm of Patton Boggs will be filing documents with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on behalf of AWI and SAPL in opposition to Cavel Internationals attempt to use the court system to legalize horse slaughter in Illinois.

Cavel is merely choosing to drag its feet on the issue instead of accepting the will of Illinois citizens to rid their state of this despicable industry,” said SAPL Deputy Legislative Director Chris Heyde. But whether they like it or not, horse slaughter will soon come to an end, it is only a matter of how many poor horses will die in the meantime."

May 24, 2007 Horse Slaughter to End in Illinois Gov. Blagojevich signs legislation banning the slaughter of horses in Illinois for human consumption

September 2006 U.S. House of Representatives passes H.R. 503, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. The 109th Congress adjourns before the Senate can consider the bill. House vote: 263-146

September 2005 U.S. Senate approves the Ensign-Byrd Amendment to the FY 2006 Agriculture Appropriations Bill to prohibit the use of tax dollars to pay for inspections of horsemeat. Senate vote: 69-28

June 2005 U.S. House of Representatives approves the Sweeney-Spratt-Rahall-Whitfield Amendment to the FY 2006 Agriculture Appropriations Bill to prohibit the use of tax dollars to pay for inspections of horsemeat. House vote: 269-158

May 2005 U.S. House of Representatives approves the Rahall-Whitfield Amendment to the FY 2006 Interior Appropriations Bill to restore federal protections from commercial sale and slaughter to wild horses and burros. House vote: 249-159. The provision is stripped in conference from the final bill

State Groups


Below is a list of existing state groups, and the email addresses of the group leaders. If you live in any of these states, please email the state leader and join your calling group. It will only take a few minutes a day and can accomplish so much!!
If your state is not listed, please volunteer to be a state leader. Just email Steph at; she can get you set up and walk you through the whole process.


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If you are new to the site or just new to antislaughter here is some information that will help you get started with our goal of stopping horse slaughter in the United States and the transport across our borders for that purpose.

FOB'S we need help so ANY call you make WILL help whether it is 1 or 10 please at least make that 1 call for the horses sake.

If you need help please ask we all started some where. No question is stupid LOL believe me I should know:) I thank you but most importantly the horses thank you!

First let me tell you that I was scared you know what when I started making calls!!! The reason being is I had never made a single phone call to a legislator's office in my life! I had no clue about the process of how bills became law and frankly didn't have any desire to learn. But then came the horses... Everything changed at that point and I knew I had to get involved on this one no doubt about it. After talking with many of my family and friends I started to realize that all of the people I was calling were actually paid to help me! Wow what a different perspective I soon had once I realized they were providing a service to me. Most everyone you will hear on the other end of the line when you call is hired specifically to take calls and make record of your call. As time went on it got easier and easier talking to these folks, knowing they were actually there to help me:) Yes every so often you get the person that forgot to eat their Wheaties but for the most part they are pretty nice.

So at first I would simply call and say " my name is _______ and I am calling to ask Rep _____ to cosponsor and vote yes for ___________________. They would say thank you for calling and I will pass your information on to the or Rep and that was it!!! Mission accomplished!

Now you have the basics and I hope it will help! I now consider myself a conversation piece because I offer a whole lot more to the person on the other end of the phone. One thing for certain is you don't have to be scared of talking to these people they are there to take your calls.

If anyone needs help with what to say or what to write just send me an email and I will be happy to offer any information that I have available. Please. when you send your email tell me your user name on ABR so I can identify you through the site, then I will be more than happy to send you any information you need to get the ball rolling!

Also for those of you that may be worried that I am letting too much out of the bag and the proslaughter groups will steal our information, please know that it is available to anyone that has access to the internet and Google! You may also want to visit or for the same type information!!!


For your information, you might find it helpful to know if your legislators co-sponsored past Bills to end horse slaughter:

S311 110th Congress Senate Co-Sponsors

HR 503 110th Congress House Co-Sponsors

Cosponsors of HR503 109th Congress

Cosponsors of S1915 109th Congress

Special Actions to Take


Hi Folks,

It is a new year and us old timers have all had about enough of the status quo. We have decided that we need to take our growing strength and go onto the offensive. This is an invitation to join us!

By now you all know the tactics of our adversaries. They set up phony "welfare" organizations and use the offices of organizations like the AVMA and the AQHA to project an agenda that has no motivation but greed.

Since their position has no morally acceptable justification, they simply create one.

Most recently they are getting third rate reporters to pump out completely fabricated stories like the ones about horses being abandoned around the country. Having produced this documentary "proof", they trolled the darkest recesses of the bowels of congress to find someone who would have no problem with propagating their poison. The most recent denizen to emerge to their beckoning calls was Senator Larry Craig, a man who's career set new and impossibly low standards for hypocrisy and dishonesty. Then they shoved into his well greased palm a wad of these phony stories and sent him out to stain the Senate floor with his "consent objection" based on stories so rank that no self respecting dead fish would be found wrapped in them.

Playing defense in this game has no upside for us, it is merely damage control. We must be ready to counter this detritus, but that alone is not enough. We need to make these organizations pay for their hypocrisy and deceit. To do this, we must take the battle to them on ground they think safe. We will be doing this in several ways, and the alert below is the first. Please read it and help us put a kink in the shorts of the AQHA by exposing their true nature where they least want it seen. We will do the same with the AVMA. When we are done, no veterinarian will want the AVMA decal to deface his or her door.

None of this will change our ongoing work on Congress. That has become a well oiled machine. It is simply a matter of making these organizations realize they will find us pulling back the covers in everything they do.

The AQHA is very excited about their upcoming program. Let's crash their party and pour some truth into their punch bowl.

I hope you will join us and Happy New Year!

John Holland

Americans Against Horse Slaughter 2008 DC Event

2008: March 4 and 5: Two days of lobbying along with an evening reception on March 4, 7 - 9 pm:

This event brought together all horse advocates and organizations supporting the end of Horse Slaughter. It included a panel discussion that included guest speakers who are leaders against slaughter. Food and beverages were served, media and congressmen, representatives and staff were invited. This event was be held at FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON WASHINGTON DC DOWNTOWN 1201 K STREET, NW

AAHS on You Tube

2008 Media Coverage of this Event:

Horse Lovers Ask Congress To Stop Horse Slaughter WJZ Reports on AAHS Lobbying in Washington D.C. (several videos to click on)!!! 3/4/08

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

Anti-Slaughter Advocates Will March on Washington Next Month

Anti-slaughter groups to meet in Washington (Horse Talk: NZ)

Horse anti-slaughter group to lobby (Daily Racing Form)

Brown pushes for end of horse slaughter (Wilmington News Journal)

Resources / Articles

Behind the barn door August 17, 2009

New EU rules for slaughter August, 20009

Horsetalk, February 12, 2009 The battle for mindshare on the horse slaughter issue

Panel Discussion on Slaughter Archive

Racehorses sold for meat as Quebec race industry comes up lame Yahoo Canada, December 30 2008

Jamaica's Story: An Unlikely Happy Ending to a Horse Slaughter Case US News, December 17 2008

NBC SHOWING SAVING THOROUGHBREDS A great piece on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams 11/21/08

Quarter horses born for slaughter The Roanoke Times, October 13, 2008

Magna Entertainment Corp. - Media Release Oct. 10, 2008 Excerpt: Magna Entertainment Corp. announced today that it has recently formally adopted a company-wide policy promoting the humane treatment of racehorses. Under the policy, any trainer or owner stabling at an MEC facility who directly or indirectly participates in the transport of a horse from an MEC facility to either a slaughterhouse or an auction house engaged in selling horses for slaughter will be prohibited from having stalls at any MEC facility.



Trainer rides to the rescue The Boston Globe 9/17/08

Charlie Finds an Angel Youtube video form the OLEX auction, Canada. "The Rescue of a blind pony from an Ontario auction"

A horse's final hours - my unhappy trip to a livestock auction Down The Backstretch 8/29/08

Strange horse slaughter journalism at USA Today Horsetalk, September 1, 2008

Farming leader makes stand against horse slaughter Horsetalk, August 8, 2008

Gift horses may be going to slaughter The Oklahoman, July 20, 2008

Yourgie's Second Chance Portfolio Weekly, July 15, 2008

Weak horses sent to Mexico to be slaughtered Dallas Morning News, July 6, 2008

Costs may result in abandoned horses Reno Gazette Journal, July 5, 2008

CBC Horse Slaughter Report on Youtube Canada

Suffolk Downs begins zero-tolerance slaughter policy TB Times June 27th, 2008

Slaughtering the facts about horse slaughter The Times Gazette, June 28, 2008

Action required for slaughter horses as EU plans to review the la..

Anatomy of a Rescue Paul Moran, June 24, 2008

Program at Philly Park steers horses from slaughter June 21, 2008 Philadelphia Inquirer

Brief on The Unwanted Horse Issue Conf.

Horse Slaughter Investigation Feb to May 2008 Canadian Horse Defense Coalition, June 18, 2008

Group calls for national ban on horse slaughter (Canada) June 18, 2008

A Study of Equine Slaughter/ Abuse Patterns Following Closure of Horse Slaughter Plants in US June 18, 2008

Court rejects appeal on Ill. horse slaughter ban AP, June 16 2008

Saving Horses From Certain Death KNWA News 6/15/08 About Eagle's Nest Draft Rehab and Sanctuary

Thoroughbredtimes Ad Campaign cont' Belmont Results edition

CBC probe raises questions about horse slaughtering - Facility follows all regulations, operator says CBC News (Canada) 6/11/08 (follow up story to News story below)

No Country for Horses CBC News (Canada) Video on TV News about Canadian Slaughter Houses 6/10/08

Musicians release song to protest horse slaughter 6/10/08

Microchipping to be compulsory for all EU horses 6/10/08

Finding a Second Life for Aging Race Horses ABC News6/8/08

Horse slaughter story on NBC 6/8/08 Features ReRun

Stop slaughter of horses now June 3, Letter to Editor: Casper Star Tribune

160 horses rescued from Ohio auction WPTV 6/4/08 More on Pure Thoughts and Victoria's Sugar Creek save. Video

Animals' Angels Report-Shelby Feedlot

Unwanted Horses? Yes and No The Rail: June 1 2008

Animals' Angels Investigates the Shelby Horse Feedlot May 2008

Sensible debate over unwanted horses would help anti-slaughter lobby May 27 2008

UK stuff: They Eat Horses There, Don't They

And They're Off - To Slaughter May 25, 2008

Ashland Horse Farm Aids In Rescue Of 158 Horses 5/25/08 Pure Thoughts bought ALL horses at Sugar Creek auction, killbuyers left empty handed and angry!

Horse Slaughter My Fox Austin 5/20/08

May 22 2008 Soldier's donated horse heads for slaughter -- Seller be aware!

They Eat Horses There, Don’t They? The Rail (NY Times) 5/20/08 by Gina Rarick. Excerpt: Since last year, thoroughbred breeders and owners have been allowed to declare on a horse’s papers that the animal is not intended for human consumption, so therefore cannot be slaughtered.

May 19, 2008 exposure of Sugar Creek

New York Times May 17 2008: Saving Horses One at a Time

HBOs Horse Slaughter piece May 12 2008: Part 1 and Part 2

Toronto Star, Derby Day May 3 2008 Battle to save horses from slaughterhouse: Once racing days are done, even major stakes winners can be killed

North Heidelberg woman rescues champions Reading Eagle 4/25/08 About Little Cliff and AC4H

SLAUGHTER vs. RESCUE The Courier-Journal (Lexington, KY) 4/28/08 Excerpt: "There are enough people who want to adopt a thoroughbred racehorse that's sound for riding to place every single sound horse that comes off the racetrack. There is a place for every horse, but the people who want to get rid of the horse have to be responsible."

Rescued Cappucino Kid to Old Friends Bloodhorse 4/4/08

Help for her horses Kearney Hub, Nebraska 3/15/08. About rescue org. EPONA. Excerpt: "I know three things: They’re beautiful, I love them and they’re dying." (Lin of EPONA)

Investigation at Natural Valley Farms Horse Slaughter Plant Report from Animals' Angels Canada 8/6/08

Horse Lovers Ask Congress To Stop Horse Slaughter WJZ Reports on AAHS Lobbying in Washington D.C. (several videos to click on)!!! 3/4/08

BI Woman Saves Horse Headed for Slaughter Kitsap Sun 8/16/07 About PASSION, and here she is in a news VIDEO Kings 5 8/23/07

Willie Nelson Writes to Prevent Horse Slaughter 10/24/07

Thoroughbred Times on horse slaughter Letter by Anne Russek published in TB Times 2/16/08. Excerpt: Thoroughbred racing cannot defend the slaughter of its equine athletes to an American public that is captivated by the spirit and beauty of our racehorses

Humane deaths for horses 'too costly' - Many are sent for gruesome slaughter in Mexico instead Arizona Daily Star 2/17/08

My Voice: Horse slaughterhouse will fail to curb neglect

Racehorses for dinner (Australia)

[3] Message from Equine Advocates

Martha Stewart Wed 1/16 Video of anti slaughter message with Equine Advocates

Horses Spared in U.S. FaceDeath Across the Border; New York Times, January 11 2008

VEW: Horse Slaughter - Its Ethical Impact and Subsequent Response of the Veterinary Profession

Horse meat for dinner? It's enough to make one gag (2004 article by racehorse trainer Nick Zito)

Inside Edition! Video aired 11/25/07

Detailed mexico border report from Animals Angels 12/01/07

Spare the horses Gentle Giant Rescue in the Baltimore Sun 11/24/07

Group Tries To Rescue Horses From Slaughterhouse Pure Thoughts Thanksgiving effort on the news (video) 11/19/07

Demystifying the "Unwanted Horse" Using Economics 101


Horses Earmarked for Slaughter Rescued by Woman Video with Angel Acres (Jo Deibel)

Effort to rescue horses strains sanctuaries (About Habitat for Horses, TX) Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau 10/21/07

Veterinarians for Equine Welfare

Lawmaker to AG: Is it legal to transport horse meat? Dallas Morning News 10/27/07

The Export of America's Horses HSUS slaughter transport video. VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED!

The Scent of Death... VIDEO of horse slaughter in Mexico, from SA Express-News. CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES - VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED!

Texas state helping get horses to slaughter in Mexico Herald Tribune 10/3/07

Horse slaughter evokes outrage San Antonio Express-News 10/2/07 Follow up-story by same reporter, L Sandberg.

Horse Trafficking for Slaughter Must Stop President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle, reaction to SA Express-News story. Pleading to pro-slaughter side to NOT stand in the way of ban.

Bob Richter: Stomach-turning report may help change horse-export law SA Express-News "reactions on the front page article" - article 9/30/07

Horse slaughters taking place on the border San Antonio Express-News 9/30/07 (the first part of this article is the same as the one below, form the Houston Chronicle - but the SA one is MUCH longer and detailed...) by L Sandberg

U.S. ban on horse slaughter means a more gruesome death elsewhere Houston Chronicle article 9/30/07

Slaughtering horses on the border My San article 9/28/07

Challenge To America's Horse Breeders.Time To Get A REALITY CHECK! Article in 9/26/07

Court upholds Illinois horse slaughter ban Thoroughbred Times Sep 21, 2007

Illinois Ruling Stops Horse Slaughter in U.S. Blood-Horse Sep 21, 2007

Animals Angels Investigating and reporting conditions of slaughter bound horses (and other animals) From Animals Angels about FOB: "We are aware that Fans Of Barbaro is a very active anti-slaughter force, and that is terrific. Barbaro is no longer here, but his legacy is carried forth through the work you all do. I am certain that he was here, in the end, to help all horses sent to slaughter, through his fans and everyone they reach."


FLYERS YOU CAN FAX, EMAIL, MAIL, AND HAND OUT Link to's Equest Life Online Magazine. The Anti Horse Slaughter Department contains the link to a page where you can find many Flyers for faxing, emailing, mailing, and handing out.

September 4 Will Canadians stomach a horsemeat industry? About Natural Valley Farms in Canada

July 26 [4] WOOD END FARMS - Betting on thoroughbreds' future

July 26 Slaughter of horses needs to end.

July 16 Activist Says Horse Protection Bill Is Good Horse Sense

More Ammunition For Our War

Slaughter POEM...

The document to the Judge

July 1: Companions, 'not dinner'

June 29: AT&T Daily News June 29th, 2007

June 29: Chicago Tribune News

Cavel pictures

Racing's nasty secret: horse slaughter

Another way to help... Contact your media!

Abandon the Myth of the Unwanted Horse

Message to judge and Cavel Inc.: Enough is enough Daily Chronicle online

Horse slaughterhouse fights to stay open

Inmates and horses get a second chance: Program lets prisoners care for thoroughbreds headed for slaughter

CBS Evening News: A Haven For Retired Champions

June 5, '07 From HSUS [5]

Visit To Cavel Video [6]

The "Unwanted Horse" Theory John Holland

A Good Week for Horses

House and Senate Phone numbers, fax and E-mail

S311 Senate Co-Sponsors

HR 503 House Co-Sponsors

House: Committee on Energy and Commerce

House: Committee on Agriculture

Links to Horse slaughter resources and horse rescue.

Sample Letters to send to your Reps & SenatorsJohn Holland

Anti-Slaughter Information and Action Link [7]

Letter to Arabian breeders, owners Great summary and educational anti-slaughter piece by RouteRunner

Joe of TB Friends telling us "How it is" about horseslaughter (from April, 2007)


HBOs Horse Slaughter piece: Part 1 and Part 2

Discussions: US and Non-US (Mostly Canada and Mexico).

Some horse slaughter numbers: US; Mexico; Canada and Comparing US slaughter numbers from 2006 - 2007

Notable horses slaughtered: Exceller and Ferdinand.

ANTI-SLAUGHTER merchandise

To arm yourself with T-shirts, buttons, bumper stickers, bags etc. with anti-slaughter messages, horse rescue support and Fans of Barbaro statements - visit this online shop (created by one of our own FOBs)


Racing For Time[9]

Anti-slaughter FLYERS

NEW! Flyers by Barb AZ 5-20-09

Do YOU know where YOUR HORSE is headed? Support S-311 by Anna (txjest)

Flyers by Ondine and John Holland

Flyers for Veterinarians Remind your vet of the oath of PROTECTING animals!


anti-slaughter images to share with you ABR Aug. 14, 2007

Need Anti- Slaughter Flyers ABR July 18, 2007

Need New Flyers!! ABR Sep. 13, 2007


Copy of KillBuyer Warning Letter

Veterinarians for Equine Welfare Under "Campaign", download pdf file with letter for your vet to sign (or have them sign online)

10 Letters Pick One and Fax Away!!! ABR June 11, 2007

Horse Slaughter Investigative Groups

Animals Angels US

Canadian Horse Defense Coalition Canadian