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Slaughter of U.S. horses in Canada

In a phone call to the CFIA, we were told that just under 24,000 U.S. horses were slaughtered in Canada in 2018. See the overall numbers of horses slaughtered in Canadian plants for 2008 through 2016 here.

Also in 2018, we found that nearly 66,000 U.S. horses were transported to Mexico for slaughter.


There is a bill pending before Congress that will outlaw the transport of horses across U.S. borders for the purpose of slaughter as well as outlaw horse slaughter on U.S. soil — H.R.961 — The SAFE Act (

Will you pick up the phone right now and call your U.S. Representative requesting they cosponsor H.R. 961?

Find them at Prepare what you want to say before you dial. Type it up if you have to. Always speak from the heart. Why do you want horse slaughter to end? That is what they want to hear.

The Capitol Hill switchboard number is 202 224 2131.

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Oh, and while you are at it on POPVOX, contact your two U.S. Senators and ask them to cosponsor H.R.961’s companion bill in the Senate — S.2006.


We don’t have time to waste.

There is congressional rule instituted this year stating when you get 290 or more cosponsors on a bill, you can bypass all the committees it has been assigned to and make a motion for a debate and vote. The promoters of the horse soring bill have already successfully used this provision. Why haven’t we accomplished this yet on the horse slaughter bill?

This is a moment of great opportunity. Do you know how many of our bills outlawing horse slaughter have “died in committee”? All but one. This is tragic.

Together we can turn this tragedy into a long awaited and cherished victory. Ask your U.S. Representative to cosponsor H.R.961 and your U.S. Senators to cosponsor S.2006.


Removing the tens of thousands of horses from crossing into Canada for slaughter would severely hurt, maybe even cripple, the horse slaughter business there. Wouldn’t that be an achievement not just for our horses, but all horses who are mercilessly killed there?

Thank you everyone.

See H.R.961 Cosponsors at »

See “Died in Committee”, Tuesday’s Horse »

Updated 10:11 am EST

8 thoughts on “Slaughter of U.S. horses in Canada”

  1. PeTA reported:
    Two-thirds of horses set to slaughter are quarter horses, and many are castoffs from the rodeo or racing industries. The Thoroughbred-racing industry sends an estimated 10,000 horses to slaughter annually, meaning that half of the 20,000 new foals born each year will eventually be killed for their flesh.

    There’s much more here.

    Numbers are always “estimated” because it is nigh impossible to get accurate figures. What we do know for sure is that thousands upon thousands of U.S. horses are slaughtered in Canada.


  2. Per written response from CFIA this morning, they say total US horses slaughtered in Canada for 2018 were 10,568. Which means 4th quarter 2018 the number was just over 2000, not 16,000.


      1. So the numbers for Canada are in line with the reported numbers from both. I’d like to know who you spoke to on the phone at CFIA because CFIA in writing questions those numbers. Your numbers of 24,000 are not correct. The EU reg changes completely disrupted the market and two plants shut down completely as a result. The actual documented, in writing numbers do not support the verbal numbers you received.


  3. So we know they have not released Q4 numbers for 2018 at end of Q3 the numbers were 8025. First quarter 2019 the numbers were 2318, so they’re saying that 4th quarter 16,000 US horses were slaughtered in Canada. Numbers don’t support that at all.


    1. If the numbers had jumped as they said on the phone, I truly believe they would have published those numbers because it would show an improvement in the industry. Normally 4th quarter numbers are lower. The EU reg changes in 201$ did have a significant impact on the slaughter of US horses in Canada, a drop of 68% and the numbers dropped even more in 2018.

      The only possible explanation was that was YTD and included all horses, not just horses for slaughter in Canada. It’s just not economically feasible to hold a horse for 6 months for slaughter.


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