Quote of the Day

Horse meat tartare in Jeju Island, Korea, restaurant.

[Horse flesh] is about as healthful as food contaminated with DDT.

—Nicholas Dodman, professor at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine

If you are looking for more talking points why U.S. legislators should enact H.R.961 and S.2006 (the “SAFE Act”), outlawing horse slaughter on U.S. soil and outside the U.S., this is an excellent one.

This directly supports the arguments made about toxic horse meat and why we should ban it.

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Slaughter of U.S. horses in Canada

Three horses looking straight ahead. Photographer unknown.

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 (https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/961)

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

Find them at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members. 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.

Nervous about phoning? Lots of us are. Don’t worry.

In just a few minutes, with an email and password, you can sign up with POPVOX and immediately start weighing in on bills important to you.

When you sign up, POPVOX identifies your U.S. Representative and your two U.S. Senators for you and stores it on your page, and enables you to send a direct message to them, right where you are, delivery guaranteed. No fooling!

Someone wrote to us recently asking if we are getting a referral commission or something. We wish! But no, we just love them. We have been with them since they launched years in 2010.

Speaking of which, if you need talking points on any pending horse legislation, check out The Horse Fund’s Stakeholders’ page for inspiration. We have lots to say there — as usual.

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 Congress.gov »

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

Updated 10:11 am EST

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.

John Hettinger: Where Would All the Horses Go?

When we started The Horse Fund the first and foremost issue we tackled was horse slaughter. One of the recurring arguments against banning horse slaughter especially from people within the horse industry was, where would all the horses go? They are still it asking now.

On the home page of our original website we featured John Hettinger and his White Paper, “Where Would All the Horses Go?”, published June 28, 2003.  It had a huge impact everywhere it was read, from advocates to politicians to the horse racing industry where he was widely revered.

When Mr. Hettinger passed away in 2010, Ray Paulick, of the horse racing site The Paulick Report, wrote how Mr. Hettinger had influenced his thought about the slaughter of horses.

No one fought harder to end the slaughter of horses in the United States than John Hettinger.

He was tireless and passionate about ending slaughter. He talked about it, wrote about it, did something about it. He was a man of words and of action. And he put his money where his mouth was.

Of all the things John Hettinger ever said or wrote about horse slaughter, there is one paragraph that has stayed with me. It came from an article he wrote in 2003 and asked me to publish in the Bloodhorse.

“How do we as an industry feel about our horses?” he wrote. “Are we horse lovers? Are these animals, who work for us in one way or another throughout their entire lives, sensitive and capable of trust, courage and generosity of spirit? Or are they fast cows without horns?”

Fast cows without horns? That line got me. Until then, I was ambivalent about slaughter, because I considered horses “livestock,” which, technically, they are. But that simple but brilliant observation taught me there are different kinds of livestock – the kind that are bred and raised for human consumption, and the kind that are bred and raised for sport, but end up in the food chain by unfortunate circumstances.

Thank you, Mr. Hettinger, for helping me finally understand what was so clear to you.

John Hettinger.


We wrote :

Through his numerous positions within the industry which include membership in the Jockey Club, Director of America’s oldest Thoroughbred Auction House—Fasig-Tipton, Inc., Trustee of New York Racing Association, Chairman of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the owner of Akindale Farm, Mr. Hettinger has made the well-being of the horse his guiding principle.

With the assistance of his auction house, Mr. Hettinger founded Blue Horse Charities, which in its first three years of operation, has awarded over $200,000 for the retirement of Thoroughbreds. He has also donated one of his farms, Excellor, in New York to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, and fights tirelessly to end horse slaughter.

Asked how to explain his compassion, Mr. Hettinger is fond of reminding people that, “all of my best friends have four legs!”

John Hettinger — a true Hero for Horses.


If you are a horse lover or advocate of any kind, please read Mr. Hettinger’s paper, “Where Will All the Horses Go?” The same rhetoric — questioning what will we do with all the horses if horse slaughter is banned — is re-emerging yet again as it looks like the bills pending before Congress have a good chance of being successful and ending horse slaughter and the export for slaughter.

You will never find better answers to this question than in Mr. Hettinger’s paper.


Please contact your U.S. Representative re H.R. 961 and your two U.S. Senators re S.2006 today and ask them to please cosponsors these bills.

You can do it online, day or night. It will take about 10 to 15 minutes if that. Go here and get it done! »

Thank you horse lovers.


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


Pdf version of the original print article »

Online version of the original article at our website »

Read full article by Ray Paulick here »