Horse slaughter laws and policies update

Pictured: Horses in Bouvry's slaughter pen, Fort MacLeod, Alberta, Canada.  Claude Bouvry is reportedly usin considerable resources lobbying regulators and lawmakers in both the US and the EU against any measure that would interfere with the horse meat industry in the NA.
Pictured: Horses in Bouvry’s slaughter pen, Fort MacLeod, Alberta, Canada. Claude Bouvry is reportedly usin considerable resources lobbying regulators and lawmakers in both the US and the EU against any measure that would interfere with the horse meat industry in the NA.


Thanks to our generous supporters we are making headway with the EU in a potential ban of any horse meat originating from North America.

While we wait and continue pressing for this ban, our lobbyists are reporting a trend in EU countries where horse meat is eaten. These countries – who more and more are not wanting anything to do with toxic horse meat from countries like the U.S., Canada and Mexico – are beginning to produce their own locally in both small and large operations.

But let us know not overlook China in all of this. China is a contributing factor as the biggest exporters of horse meat in the world, whose business continues to grow.


Regardless of EU policies, we still need to protect U.S. horses from slaughter. Horses are in danger so long as people want to eat horse meat. Animal agriculture and the politicians who work for them are constantly looking ways to skirt laws and defeat new ones from being made.

We are excited that because of the hard work that we have been doing – with the support of local advocates and civic leaders – that legislation to ban horse slaughter and live transport for slaughter will be introduced in four States.

Two of these States are home to the most horrific livestock auctions in the country. Pro slaughter is already getting a hint what we are up to, and we do not want to announce anything until the bills are actually introduced.

There is another horse protection group working on a getting a similar State bill introduced where they are, so that makes anti horse slaughter bills in five States.

The more export avenues we close via State laws, the fewer the horses who will be sent out of the U.S. for slaughter. This will have a big impact on Canada’s horse meat export business as they depend highly on U.S. horses to meet production figures.

We know that taking on four bills ourselves and helping with another is a lot. But we feel confident that you will help us.


Please help with a donation so that we have as much support as we possibly can when we introduce these bills.

How much support these bills have at the beginning is tremendously important. It helps establish early momentum which puts the opposition on their heels and forces them to play catch up.

With big spenders like Claude Bouvry in the EU and the US, you can see we have some really big challenges ahead. Together we can face them and get this done.

Remember. No donation is too small. It all helps. It is just going to take a lot of us!

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4 thoughts on “Horse slaughter laws and policies update”

  1. The last information that I was sent from Equine Welfare Alliance was that Mexico was still taking truck loads of US horses after the Jan 15, 2015 EU cutoff date. No one seems to know just what is going on with the EU John Holland thinks that the loads of horses will eventually slow down to a small number because Mexico won’t have the EU countries to send it too. Russia has bought horse meat from Mexico but seems to not be buying as much as they used to. If China is getting into the horse meat business I have a good idea that the PMU mares and foals supply a good chunk of it. Every time I read about more horse slaughter I will say it again that it would have been more humane if no horses had survived the extinction 10,000 years ago at least none of us would have to see them die in slaughter plants. As long as the horse exists on this planet it will be mistreated and there is not a thing any of us can do about it. Animal welfare laws are so weak in most of the US states that no matter what cruelty is done to the horse victim there is never the tough punishment needed fit the crime


    1. The EU mandate is only for EU regulated plants. There are plants slaughtering horses in Mexico under their own regulation. One can see how corrupt it all is that the horse meat from these plants have buyers who are willing to sell it on for human consumption most likely with little to no oversight and/or inspections. This explains horses still being sent across to them.

      It has been reported to us from Mexico that some of this horse meat is being exported overseas via Canada. But so far we have no proof of that and it is better to stick with whatever facts you can come by instead of speculating.

      In the meantime, the EU is smart. They are coming under so much pressure regarding the toxic horse meat issue they made this gesture with Mexico, but we are not allowing the issue to “cool down” for them.

      Claude Bouvry’s family have been in the horse meat business for decades. He is not likely to go down without a monumental fight and is very influential with lots of money to spend so it is a big task.

      Russia has for generations been a consumer of horse meat supplied by local butchers. However, they are one of the countries getting into the high production of horse meat.


  2. I understand your frustration. But this is a problem your State has that is unique to it being on the Mexican border. We have heard tales of people walking horses across the California border to Mexico to waiting trucks to take them to slaughter plants. This should lessen to some degree with the EU banning import of horse meat produced in Mexico. But there are ways to smuggle horse meat out to Canada and then on to the EU. Nothing is 100%. Except of course when people quit eating horse meat.


  3. As much as I would like to feel positive about states having anti-slaughter laws, unless the laws are enforced it’s not going to matter. Here in California we’ve had a law prohibiting transport for slaughter across state lines, yet it continues to happen on a regular basis. Sadly, I don’t believe state laws will matter unless the are accompanied by the hiring of people to enforce them.


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