Died in Committee

Horses held in a pen awaiting export for slaughter. Photo by Kathy Milani for HSUS.
Horses held in a pen awaiting export for slaughter. Photo by Kathy Milani.

While our bills are dying in committees, our horses are dying in slaughterhouses.

Here is a quick look at the bills filed in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2001 banning horse slaughter and the resulting outcome. They all “Died in Committee” bar one.

2001-2002 107th HR 2622 (1st Session); HR 3781 (2nd Session) 1st Session 8; 2nd Session 65 Died in Committee.
2003-2004 108th HR 857 228 Died in Committee.
2005-2006 109th HR 503 203 Debated, voted on in the House, Sept 7, 2006. Passed House without Amendment 263-146. Certified; reported to Senate. Failed to reach Senate Floor for a vote.
2007-2008 110th (2nd Session) HR 6598 124 Died in Committee.
2009-2010 111th HR 503 190 Died in Committee.
2011-2012 112th HR 2966 165 Died in Committee.
2013-2014 113th HR 1094 183 Died in Committee.
2015-2016 114th 1942 199 Died in Committee.
2017-2018 115th 113 218 Died in Committee.
2019-2020 116th 961 145 (as of 5/19/19) Pending. Referred to the Energy & Commerce and Agriculture Committees. Referred to the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture.

Another Plan

We cannot end the slaughter of U.S. horses by simply pursuing it at the federal level only.

After numerous meetings, investigative and exploratory work, we have reached the conclusion we must close U.S. borders regarding slaughter bound horses at the State level.

We will also no longer have to hold our breath year after to year to see if funding for USDA horse slaughter inspections will be denied.

We are highly encouraged that we can do this. As a matter of fact we have already started the process and are fully committed.

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Beauty was a 'throwaway', a horse on a slaughter-bound feedlot that nobody wanted. Well, I wanted her! Image: Remembering Beauty website.
Beauty was a ‘throwaway’, a horse on a slaughter-bound feedlot that nobody wanted. Well, I wanted her! says the lady who rescued her. Help end horse slaughter with us make the world a safer place for horses in the U.S. like Beauty.

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What about HR 961?

In the meantime, we MUST stay committed to accumulating cosponsors for HR 961 — the Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2019.

Does that sound contradictory? It isn’t.

The number of cosponsors a bill has greatly influences the support we can generate when it comes time to continue denying spending related to horse slaughter inspections necessary for the export of the meat.

If a bill passes the House by simple majority (218 of 435), the bill moves to the Senate. So achieving 218 cosponsors shows that a majority of the House is in favor of the bill. Similarly, in the Senate 51 constitutes a majority. The President has 10 days to sign or veto the enrolled bill.

Further Information

For a detailed look at both State and Federal activities on horse slaughter, please see The Horse Fund’s Horse Slaughter Legislative Timeline spanning 1998 to present.

Find who represents you at Elected Officials | USA.gov »

Thank you.

Saturday’s runaway horse

Preakness stakes entry Bodexpress comes home alone. Picture: Complex.

The highlight of the Preakness for many was the horse who dumped his jockey at the gate and ran on his own.

Unlike all those (including announcers) who said he continued to “race” to the finish, we know better. This is a picture of a horse happily running freely, a rarity for a thoroughbred in training.

Racehorses in training are usually boxed up, exercised by a rider, then put back in their box. Occasionally, they might be taken for a handwalk. Or put in a pen or on a walker. But simply to gallop freely? Hardly ever — if ever — during their entire careers.

The rigors of training and what a racehorse is put through for most of their lives is totally unnatural both physically and mentally, but especially mentally.

His freedom of course didn’t last long.

Riderless Bodexpress’ moments of freedom are over too soon. Picture: Baltimore Sun.


Turns out Bodexpress is a not a Baffert trained horse. Such a shame. Doesn’t matter.

Read about Baffert here »

BLM Releasing Wild Horses in Idaho’s Hardtrigger HMA

Captured wild horses Boise, Idaho. Bureau of Land Management Image.

This release marks one of the final groups of BLM wild horses to return to their home ranges following emergency gathers due to wildfire in 2015.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will disperse 45 wild horses (24 stallions and 21 mares) in three different locations within the Hardtrigger Herd Management Area (HMA), located south of Marsing, Idaho, at the end of May.

The BLM Owyhee Field Office is inviting members of the public interested in watching one of the releases to meet at the I-O-N Truck Plaza (5644 Buntrock Rd., in Marsing) at 10 a.m. on May 29 to caravan to the release location.

This release marks one of the final groups of wild horses to return to their home ranges in the Owyhee Mountains following emergency gathers due to wildfire. The entire Hardtrigger HMA was burned by the 279,144-acre Soda Fire in 2015. The BLM gathered 279 wild horses from all three HMAs (Black Mountain, Hardtrigger, and Sands Basin) in the Owyhees directly following the fire, placing more than 80 into private care through adoption.

As the 69,910-acre Hardtrigger HMA is the largest of the three, the wild horses will be released in multiple locations to disperse the horses throughout the HMA. The horses destined to return to the range were cared for at both the Boise Wild Horse Corrals and Bruneau Off-Range Corrals, both in Idaho, while the rangeland recovered from the burn.

“We were glad to offer people the opportunity to watch the release of wild horses to the Sands Basin HMA last year,” said Lara Douglas, BLM Boise district manager. “We recognize how important it is to maintain viable wild horse herds on healthy public rangelands and are pleased to see these wild horses return to Hardtrigger.”

Visitors will need to provide their own transportation. As the roads to the viewing area are narrow, rough, and dusty, the BLM recommends high-clearance, 4-wheel-drive vehicles with a spare tire. Additionally, the BLM said it would be helpful if visitors carpool to limit the number of vehicles at the release location. The BLM encourages those interested in attending the release to RSVP to Ruby Kyle at 208/473-9868 by May 28.

For more information about the release, contact Heather Tiel-Nelson at 208/736-2352.

Source: News Release

Remember Barbaro

Barbaro after he suffered the fatal breaks that eventually claimed his life. Source: Bryant Photos.
Barbaro pulls up after suffering the fatal breaks that eventually claimed his life. Source: Bryant Photos.

BARBARO, the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, answered the starting bell at the Preakness Stakes, moments before jockey Edgar Prado pulled him up with a broken hind leg. Eight months later, he would die of the complications from that injury.

Nothing has changed since the death of Barbaro and the tragic Eight Belles.

More horses are killed on racetracks around the US than ever. Two year olds break down in training. They die before ever running a race.

Horse Racing Wrongs reports:

You can’t hold your breath forever, Santa Anita. While things have been quiet on the death front there, it was only a matter of time before the killing resumed. Today, Commander Coil, three years old and being prepped for his first race, “broke down” during morning training, and, says the Los Angeles Times, was euthanized. He becomes the 29th dead racehorse at Santa Anita since December 30.

Who will die today?

In memory of the dead and soon to die at the hands of American horse racing.