Who eats the most horse meat?

Ground horse meat. Source: TheTakeout.com.

Horse meat consumption was written about in 2017 more than any other in recent times. Trends have changed very little since then. One article in particular caught our attention. It’s by Brandon Gaille.

Gaille starts out with, “Although horse meat consumption is actually illegal in some countries, most notably the United States, it is a widely consumed product in other parts of the world and sometimes a primary part of a household’s diet.” [1]

To our knowledge it is not illegal nor has it ever been illegal to consume horse meat in America. Historically, there has been virtually zero demand.

It is, however, illegal to slaughter horses on American soil. The last three U.S. horse slaughterhouses — two in Texas and one in Illinois and all foreign owned — were shuttered in 2007. Texas and Illinois implemented laws that not only banned the slaughter of horses but also the selling, giving and possession of horse meat intended for human consumption. This, of course, did not stop the slaughter of American horses. Hundreds of thousands of American horses have been sent across its borders to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered for human consumption ever since.

Gaille states that “The European Union is by far the largest consumer when it comes to horse meat” and “over 200,000 horses every year are slaughtered to create a meat supply in the European Union.” [2]


Horse meat is considered taboo and not generally available in English-speaking countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, the United States,[3] and English Canada. It is also taboo in Brazil, Israel, and among the Romani people and Jewish people the world over. Horse meat is not generally eaten in Spain, except in the north, but the country exports horses both as live animals and as slaughtered meat for the French and Italian markets.


Horse meat is eaten in many countries, including Mexico, Belgium, Canada, Chili, Spain, Iceland, France, Russia, Kazakhstan and many Eastern European, South America, South East Asian, and Eastern countries such as China and Japan.[4]

China produces more horse meat than any other country in the world, creating nearly half of the world’s supply. Historically Russia has the biggest appetite for horseflesh.

Interestingly, Russia has recently committed to spending RUB180 million to subsidize the production of local horse meat. By 2020, Russia expects to increase their horse meat production capabilities by at least 50%.[5]

Italy eats almost the same exact amount of horse meat every year as Russia does and produces 50% of the horse meat that the European Union consumes every year.[6]

Belgium imports more than 44 million pounds of horse meat per year and most of that comes from North America, making them the largest per capita consumer.[7]


Considering the laundry list of prohibitive drugs routinely administered to American horses which bars their meat from entering the human food chain[8], is it ethical that the U.S. continues to send its horses to slaughter? Shouldn’t the U.S. outlaw the slaughter of its horses for human consumption?


If the SAFE Act (Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2019) or H.R.961 currently pending before the 116th U.S. Congress (2019-2020) becomes law it will ban the toxic U.S horse met from entering the human food chain.

As of this writing, The SAFE Act has 208 cosponsors. We need to reach 290 cosponsors to bypass Committee and move the bill for debate and vote in the House. See Consensus Calendar provision. We still have a lot of work to do. Your voice is necessary.

•  Go to our Contacting Congress page here on Tuesday’s Horse and take action. Please share this with friends and family and on social media.


•  Pending Legislation »
•  How to Have a Productive Call with Your Legislators’ Offices »
•  The Horse Fund’s PopVox Stakeholders’ Page »


•  H.R. 961 on Congress.gov »
•  Banned_Drugs_and Slaughter_Horses_Report PDF, 4 pp (at 8 above)»


•  Giddy up, horse meat is coming to Queens, Tuesday’s Horse, Sep 25, 2012
•  Horse meat trial shines light on key part of international fraud, Tuesday’s Horse, Jul 27, 2017
•  Drugs, racing and toxic horse meat, Tuesday’s Horse, Jun 19, 2019

See also 

Horse Meat Super Bowl Pizza sickens fans, Straight From the Horse’s Heart, Feb 3, 2010

Calendar rule moves bills with 290 cosponsors past Comittee

Galloping horse statuary near Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Photographer unknown.
Galloping horse statuary near Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Photographer unknown.


Did you know H.R.6 of the 116th Congress (2019-2020) provides for:

creating a Consensus Calendar, which provides an alternative path to a floor vote for measures with 290 or more cosponsors

If you saw our post “Died in Committee” back in May you see just how momentous for us the Consensus Calendar is.

All of our bills to end horse slaughter except for 1 in all of these years have died in committee. The Consensus Calendar states when a bill reaches 290 cosponsors the bill’s originator can make a Motion get a date to go straight to the House for debate and vote regardless of how many Committee assignments the bill has.

H.R.961 — The Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2019 — has 155 cosponsors as of this writing. We have had 240 cosponsors on previous bills. 290 and more are achievable.

Not sure the Consensus Calendar is actually being used?

Take a look at another piece of horse related legislation — H.R.693, the anti-soring bill — which as of this writing has 307 cosponsors. A Motion to place it on the Consensus Calendar was filed and is awaiting its Hearing date.

If the horse soring bill can get 300+ cosponsors so can H.R.961.


A companion bill to H.R.961 was introduced on June 27, 2019, namely S.2006. It has 3 cosponsors as of this writing. The bill text has not been published on Congress.gov yet. For insight into that see our post here »


It’s summer time and the “living is easy”, but staff are present on The Hill virtually all year round. The House Calendar shows the House will be in session for 9 days in July, but they do not need to be in session for Representatives to cosponsor bills. Just in case you were wondering.


Please visit our action page for H.R.961 / S.2006 and contact your legislators to cosponsor The SAFE Act of 2019. You can do this quickly and easily online.

Many of you already have open communication with your legislators via email. Please make the most of this for our horses.


Popular hashtags are #HR961 #Yes2SAFE #HorseMeat #FoodSafety #NoToxicHorseMeat


We thank you. The horses thank you.

H.R. 961 & S. 2006 — Take Action Kansas and Kentucky

US Capitol Dome and Flag.

US Capitol Dome and Flag.

H.R. 961 — The “SAFE Act of 2019” & S. 2006

A big hello and welcome to the horse loving citizens of Kansas and Kentucky.

Are you ready to take action and help get us the necessary cosponsors to blast H.R. 961 (The SAFE Act of 2019), out of Committee and onto the House Floor for a vote? Right now H.R. 961 has 160 cosponsors. Our target — 290!

Below are the U.S. Representatives from the States of Kansas and Kentucky. The ones who have already cosponsored are marked with a big YES.


District 1: Roger Marshall [R]
District 2: Steve Watkins [R]
District 3: Sharice Davids (D) — YES!
District 4: Ron Estes [R]


District 1: James Comer [R]
District 2: Brett Guthrie ([R]
District 3: John Yarmuth [D] — YES!
District 4: Thomas Massie ([R]
District 5: Hal Rogers ([R]
District 6: Andy Barr [R] — YES!

If they have not cosponsored, you know what to do. Contact them now and ask them to please cosponsor this important bill that protects people from being exposed to toxic horse meat and horses from slaughter.

Here’s a link that walks you through it without leaving Tuesday’s Horse.

S. 2006

Please note that H.R. 961 now has a companion bill in the U.S. Senate — S. 2006, so contact both of your U.S. Senators too while you are there. Please note that this is a bipartisan issue.


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Last updated 7/18/2019 3 pm EST

H.R. 961 — Take Action Indiana

US Capitol Dome and Flag.

US Capitol Dome and Flag.

H.R. 961 — The “SAFE Act of 2019”

A big shout out to all you great horse loving Hoosiers!

Are you ready to take action and help get us the necessary cosponsors to blast H.R. 961 (The SAFE Act of 2019), out of Committee and onto the House Floor for a vote? Right now H.R. 961 has 155 cosponsors. Our target — 290!

Below are all of the U.S. Representatives from the State of Indiana. If they have already cosponsored they are marked with a big YES. As of this writing, you will see there is not a single, solitary YES.


District 1: Pete Visclosky [D]
District 2: Jackie Walorski [R]
District 3: Jim Banks [R]
District 4: Jim Baird [R]
District 5: Susan Brooks [R]
District 6: Greg Pence [R]
District 7: André Carson [D]
District 8: Larry Bucshon [R]
District 9: Trey Hollingsworth [R]

• Source: Congress.gov — H.R. 961 Cosponsors by State in Alphabetical Order.

Citizens of Indiana, if you have already contacted your U.S. Representative to cosponsor H.R. 961 please contact them again! Remind them that this is not only about protecting America’s horses from slaughter but also people from exposure to horse meat full of toxins dangerous to human health. More below.


For those new to the process, here’s a link that walks you through it. Should take about 10 minutes. If you already know who represents you, it will be even quicker.

Please note that this is a bipartisan issue.

Magic Number — 290

We need a minimum of 290 cosponsors to take advantage of the Consensus Calendar Rule which we can use to move the Bill onto the House Floor for debate and vote regardless of Committee assignments.

As of this writing, H.R. 961 has 155 cosponsors. We gained 4 in one week. Well done!

Horse Slaughter & H.R. 961

H.R. 961 is not just about eliminating toxic horse meat from the human food chain, as important as that is. It is also very much about eliminating the slaughter of American horses on U.S. soil and transporting them outside the U.S. for the purposes of slaughter.

The language is quite specific. Under SEC. 3. PROHIBITIONS it reads:


“(3) the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for purposes of human consumption is hereby prohibited.”.

Read full Bill text here »


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Last updated 6/19/19 7:56 a.m. EST


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