The number of horses likely being exported for slaughter has not dropped off anywhere near enough for animal activists. It is believed that Mexican slaughter plants during 2023 took 17,997 horses from Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, according to the non-governmental organization Animal Wellness Action. The Washington D.C.-based group says:

Continue Reading Banning horse exports for slaughter might take a ride on the Farm Bill or another big spending measure

The commercial slaughter of equine animals for human consumption ended in the United States 16 years ago. But the subject of horse slaughter still makes the annual legislative agenda in the nation’s capital and this year is no different.

An annual budget proviso, for example, bans any funds for USDA

Continue Reading Equine inspections to remain forbidden and SAFE Act wants horse export ban

Only an annual budget proviso keeps USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service from providing equine inspection services. Without USDA inspection, horses cannot be slaughtered in the U.S. for human consumption.   

Whether or not the proviso gets included in each year’s annual federal budget has almost been like a flip-of-the
Continue Reading A permanent ban on horse slaughter might replace that yearly budget proviso


Interesting read on the decision of permanently banning horse slaughter in the US – and exports? Why are Canada and Mexico still receiving horses for slaughter?

The bill should also address the inhumane transport of horses in cattle liners – they are transferred near the border to larger trailers

Continue Reading Letter to the Editor: Horse slaughter legislation needs to do more

Spanish authorities have busted a suspected organized crime group selling horse meat that could have been unfit for human consumption.

The Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil) was supported by Europol. The alleged criminal organization, based in the province of Barcelona, reportedly falsified equine documents and sold horse meat without the
Continue Reading Alleged criminal group sold potentially unfit to eat horse meat