NTRA will support a law banning horse slaughter

Thoroughbred Racehorses in Stalls. Google image.
Thoroughbred racehorses look out from their stalls. Google image.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 12, 2019) – The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced today that it will support the passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 961) that would prevent the horse slaughter industry from reestablishing operations in the United States and prohibit the export of American horses abroad for slaughter. The action was taken at the regularly scheduled meeting of the NTRA Board of Directors held in New York on June 6.

“The slaughter of horses for human consumption is something the NTRA has opposed for many years,” said NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop. “In the last decade alone, thousands of retired U.S. racehorses have been adopted and transitioned to second careers. The development and growth of quality racehorse aftercare programs continue to be a high priority for the industry.”

About the NTRA

The NTRA, based in Lexington, Ky., is a broad-based coalition of more than 100 horse racing interests and thousands of individual stakeholders consisting of horseplayers, racetrack operators, owners, breeders, trainers and affiliated horse racing associations, charged with increasing the popularity, welfare and integrity of Thoroughbred racing through consensus-based leadership, legislative advocacy, safety and integrity initiatives, fan engagement and corporate partner development. The NTRA owns and manages the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance; NTRA.com; the Eclipse Awards; the National Horseplayers Championship; NTRA Advantage, a corporate partner sales and sponsorship program; and Horse PAC®, a federal political action committee. NTRA press releases appear on NTRA.com, Twitter (@ntra) and Facebook (facebook.com/1NTRA).

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7 thoughts on “NTRA will support a law banning horse slaughter”

  1. Will it prohibit American racehorses from being transported to Mexico and Canada for unspeakably cruel slaughtering in those countries?
    My understanding is that the word “abroad” is across the seas/oceans.


    1. The brutality was no different in the US when slaughter was permitted, as far as meat going to the EU where so-called “regulations” are enforced (cough, cough). In Canada that is where the meat ends up. In Mexico, not so anymore so there are no “rules”. To think it would be “better ‘ in the US is nonsense.

      The SAFE Act will prevent horses from being transported across the northern and southern borders – in other words, Mexico and Canada. From there the meat is exported “abroad”. BTW, Canada and Mexico are considered “abroad” since they facilitate the slaughter process for the US after whcih the meat is shipped “abroad. Furthermore, both countries are not part of the US. These are the only places US horses are “directly” transported for slaughter from what I understand. The SAFE act woud stop this practice and eliminate the “middle man” if you want to call it this erroneously.

      More to the point, Canada and Mexico are actually considered “abroad” – “in or to a foreign country or countries”. In other words “not in the US”.

      However, we all know that TBs are shipped elsewhere for racing purposes that end up at the slaughterhouse (e.g. Korea, Japan, etc.)

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      1. Perhaps the NTRA figures this Bill like all it’s predecessors doesn’t have a hope in hell of becoming law.

        See Died in Commitee.

        But there is a huge glimmer of hope because of the Consensus Calendar rule.

        See the Consensus Calendar rule in action. Example H.R. 693 — the horse soring bill. It has 306 co-sponsors and counting. The last action on this Bill being: “House – 05/23/2019 Motion to place bill on Consensus Calendar filed by Mr. Schrader.” Bypassing the Committee its in.

        This is doable. We must work hard on HR 961. We can get the necessary cosponsors. The clock is ticking.

        Updated 9:01 pm.

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      2. Thank you, Jane Allin for explaining it so well.
        There was a recent article published by a popular independent Australian newspaper, The Guardian, on the slaughtering of horses in Korea. I wasn’t able to look at the video because my first dressage horse (a former Australian racehorse) went to Korea under the ownership of another person and i believe he ended up in that slaughterhouse when he was finished with.


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