Slaughter horses arrive in Mexico from the U.S. By Cathy Milani.

Horse slaughter exports to Mexico decrease

The American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) reports in the March 2020 issue of JAVMA:

Last year, 53,947 horses were shipped from the United States to Mexico for slaughter. That marks a 26% decrease from 2018 when 70,708 horses designated for slaughter were transported across the southern U.S. border, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market News Livestock Export Summary.

Although Congress had made several attempts to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption, the practice didn’t end until the nation’s three horse meat processing plants closed in 2007. Two Texas facilities were closed by court order; the Illinois plant shuttered after state legislation against horse slaughter was enacted.

Efforts to open new horse slaughter plants have been unsuccessful, partly because of legislation denying funds for federal inspections of such operations.

Nevertheless, thousands of U.S. horses have been exported to slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada.

Canada and Mexico are two of the main exporters of horse meat to Europe, according to Humane Society International. At least 85% of horses slaughtered at European Union–approved Canadian horse slaughterhouses originated in the United States, and 50% of the horse meat produced from those animals was exported to the EU.

California, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, and New York have enacted laws against horse slaughter and eating horse meat.

Image: Cathy Milani.

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3 thoughts on “Horse slaughter exports to Mexico decrease”

  1. All you tree huggers May think this is great,but do you have a clue what these poor horses endure when hauled to Mexico to their demise.Animal cruelty at it’s worst.At least when it was done in the USA there was some control of the cruelty inflicted on these animals.This is just a bad aid on a much bigger problem of over breeding.Till laws are brought in to control breeding,slaughter will continue.


    1. I don’t happen to be a tree hugger. Do you have a clue what horses endure on the race tracks or the kill pens? Horse meat is dangerous to eat the amount of brut alone is enough to injure human organs. Talk to the residents of cities where horse slaughter plants were located. Sewer systems loaded with run off from the plants: blood. etc. The slaughter plants were not good neighbors failing to pay their taxes. The Jockey Club, Arabian, AQHS, TWH, Paint could do something about overbreeding in their groups. The biggest problem are the irresponsible owners that send senior or sick horses off to auction that end up in the slaughter pipeline. Also, backyard breeding needs to stop not every mare needs a colt or male horse needs to be a stallion. Then you have the Amish who cast off their “used up horses” drafts, buggie saddlebreds, standardbreds, Morgans and every kind of saddle horse, donkeys, ponies you can think of on their farms. BLM turning a blind eye to the slaughter of wild horses and burros.We are asking Mexico and Canada, also Japan to clean up our mess. Like I said I am no tree hugger but I hate the lack of compassion of some breed organizations, owners and the cruelty we tolerate daily as 134 horses go over the border in Texas every day. We are better than this.

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