Keep cruel horse slaughter out of the U.S. and protect humans from the threat of toxic horse meat
Horses in the U.S. are not raised for food. They are bred for transportation, farm work, sport, and as pets—not for meat.
But some groups are eager to exploit a loophole in legislation passed last fall that could allow them to bring horse slaughter plants back to the U.S.—despite the terrible cruelty of horse slaughter, the risks to human health posed by horse slaughter plants, and the legacy of damage left in communities where horse slaughter plants have operated.
You don’t need to be an expert on slaughter or even a horse owner, to attend a town hall meeting. You simply need to care about horses who suffer horribly during the slaughter process, do your homework, and follow our tips for attending town meetings.
Some town meetings are conducted in person, while others follow a call-in format. You can find dates and times for upcoming town meetings by visiting the website of your federal legislator or calling their offices. The U.S. Capital Switchboard’s number is 202-224-3121.
6. Volunteer with a horse rescue group
Help out at your local horse rescue facility. Rescue work is a demanding, round-the-clock job requiring dedication, resources, and manpower. Contact your local horse rescue and offer to lend a hand feeding, grooming, fundraising, or organizing volunteers.
7. Support the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center
The opening of the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center in Murchison, Texas, marks a new chapter for equine rescue. The Doris Day Center incorporates humane training methods of “natural horsemanship” in a rescue setting to identify and retrain at-risk horses for adoption.
Co-founded by The HSUS, the Homes for Horses Coalition, is a group of welfare and equine rescue organizations dedicated to ending horse slaughter and equine abuse as well as promoting collaboration and professionalism in the equine rescue community.
IN THE HANDS OF KILL BUYERS! When horses are purchased at auction by buyers intending to kill them, they're hauled away in double- decker tractor trailers where they are beaten and often blinded with baseball bats to mollify them. After crossing the border into Mexico, the animals are stabbed on each side-an act to tenderize their meat-and immobilized. Workers, then saw the horses legs off, at the knee and hang them to bleed out-all while the horses are ALIVE! (This is an excerpt, from an article written by Missy Diaz, crediting Victoria Mc Cullough and Sen. Joe Abruzzo for bringing awareness of horse slaughter, to Florida. In 2010 Florida Legislation unanimously passed the Horse Protection Bill, making it a felony to slaughter horses for personal or commercial use.)