Horse Meat. Reuters. Via Fox News.

Why does horse slaughter exist and what are we doing about it?

MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER — Why does horse slaughter exist?

Horse slaughter exists because of the demand for horsemeat.

It is important that we understand this fact — horse slaughter is driven by the consumer.

Eliminate the consumption of horse meat and you eliminate horse slaughter.

The fact that horse slaughter is consumer driven is the reason why the health, safety and welfare of the horse has rarely been an effective argument against horse slaughter. People who eat meat either do not care or choose to ignore what has to take place to deliver it to their plates.

It may take generations for humans to completely lose their appetite for horsemeat, so we must seek other means to stop the slaughter of horses.

What are we doing about it?

One route has been the ongoing attempt since 2001 to get a national law enacted banning the slaughter and export of horses for slaughter. [1]

Attempting to ban horse slaughter at the Federal level has been and continues to be a big fail.

At the moment the only successful legislative provision to date at the federal level has been the annual defunding of USDA inspections necessary to export horsemeat.

Defunding USDA horsemeat inspections prohibits the establishment of horse processing plants in the US, because no federal horsemeat inspections can take place.

However, there is a tragic loophole. The defunding provision does not stop the export of US horses to slaughter.

It is also less than reassuring that the horsemeat inspection defunding provision must be gotten into the Agriculture Budget Bill every year. This has failed to happen.

We saw the impact when the defunding of horsemeat inspections was not renewed in 2011. [2]

While the Obama Administration was often insensitive to horse protection issues domestic and in the wild, it may be even more difficult to get the defunding provision approved when it comes up again under the current Administration.

The current federal spending bill runs from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.

This is why we are working at the State level and will continue to do so by targeting key States to not only ban horse slaughter but will also block important horse export to slaughter routes.

We have had success at the State level against horse slaughter. Horse slaughter plants were shuttered in Texas, California and Illinois by State laws.

In the meantime, interesting events are unfolding concerning US horses sent to Canada for slaughter.

The European Union (EU) have potentially given the Canadian horse slaughter industry a black eye.

The EU have directed that as of March 31, 2017 horses arriving in Canada for the purposes of slaughter for human consumption must reside their six months prior to slaughter. [3]

This will put a big dent in the number of US horses sent to slaughter in Canada but just how effective will it be? European laws concerning the slaughter of horses have been gotten around before by simply falsifying documentation.

By the way, the new EU directive is also likely to impact the horse slaughter industry in several South American countries, where horses for slaughter may be sourced from neighbouring countries. [4]

During March Against Horse Slaughter we will arm you with information and activities to help us remove as many horses as possible from this cruel, predatory and deadly business.

Thank you for participating. Please let us have your ideas.


Horsemeat. Reuters. Via Fox News.