Congress Considering Ending Horse Slaughter Once And For All

By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer

Predatory Business Breeds Corruption and Crime

Charges filed against a Chester County woman for posing as a rescuer of horses while sending them to slaughter have prompted a new round of calls in Congress to end the killing of horses for meat in the United States.

U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R., Pa.) on Thursday urged his colleagues in the House and Senate to pass legislation to halt horse slaughter after reading a report in The Inquirer that Kelsey Lefever of Honeybrook was allegedly selling animals for slaughter in Canada under false pretenses.

“This is a tragic example of why we need federal law to prohibit the transportation and sale of horses for slaughter in the first place,” said Meehan, one of 150 cosponsors of anti-slaughter legislation in the House. “Horses are not raised for human consumption, and their slaughter for sale overseas is a cruel and inhumane practice that is not consistent with our values here in Pennsylvania.”

In November, state police charged Lefever, a 24-year-old horse trainer, with multiple counts of fraud connected to an alleged scheme involving ex-race horses.

Lefever duped thoroughbred owners at a central Pennsylvania racetrack into believing she would find homes for their retired racehorses and instead sold them to kill-buyers at a Lancaster auction, according to charging documents.

Horse slaughter effectively ended in the United States in 2008, when the last plant closed after federal funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors was withdrawn. Since then, an estimated 140,000 U.S. horses have been transported to abattoirs in Canada and Mexico.

With funding for USDA inspectors restored in a budget bill President Obama signed late last year, slaughter plants could again legally operate in the United States.

43 comments on “Congress Considering Ending Horse Slaughter Once And For All

  1. STOP “HORSE SLAUGHTER ” !!! STOP “TRANSPORT THEM TO OTHER COUNTRIES “!!! STOP “THE ROUNDUPS” !!! STOP “MAKING THIS SHAME TO OUR COUNTRY, THE USA ” !!! lets get CIVILIZED. The wild Horses are part of the AMERICAN History. They live with their families peacefully on the land, given to them long time ago. We have NO RIGHT to capture them, and have them SLAUGHTERED for consumption in other countries. What is the matter with OBAMA, our PRESIDENT, who promissed to do the RIGHT things for us, for HIS, OUR Country.. What will he tell his wife and children, “That he agrees?, to have our Horses beeing butchered, slaughtered, [ in the most Inhumane ways], for Humane Consuption”? And we have no say on all this?? We, the American people, we have no voice?? Then WHY do we have a President??Again, Stop the Slaughter of our beautiful wild, and domestic Horses. We will fight for them, until they are safe again. Solvejg Zaferes.

  2. The original language of that law would limit and give oversight of ALL horse transportation to the feds. You’d need a permit (with fee?) to trail ride, go to a barrel race, show, or hack. Don’t over react because one person is despicable. Yes, we need more options for unwanted and abandoned horses, but don’t give power to the government you will regret later.

    • Em, you must mean dont give our tax dollars to support a foreign owned cruel industry at our expense right?

      Its not one person that is despicable it is the entire industry.

      Horse transportation is already ruled by the feds, nothing would change except horse slaughter trucks would be stopped at the borders.

  3. Trucker tells chilling account of driving horses to slaughter. http://www.wsmv.com/video
    A few days ago there was a wreck in Nashville Tn. The rig was hauling 38 horses, 3 of which had to be put down due to injuries. This is the slaughter business people. Please support S1176/HR2966 You may as well inform your reps of this happening as well since it is the face of slaughter. Fatigued drivers hauling too many horses in cattle trailers, falling asleep on the road…. If slaughter plants open here, we will see more of this type of thing happening. Next time it could be your family that gets hurt. Call, write, fax your reps today.

  4. Horses all over the world. ALL OVER THE WORLD…should be free to live a good life. LIKE a person. Given a chance and just not killed and canned. SO SO SO much pain in the world. And so so so happy when something good is in favor of giving our creatures who have NO VOICE the fair and just treatment that God put them here for. AMEN. Rosalyn Burkett

    • Dear Rosalyn, I have read a lot of your posts here and everywhere , you are a Beautiful Lady , with many Beautiful thoughts……………………………………………

  5. I think this is crazy. I have showed and owned horses all my life and I am FOR horse slaughter! I went to an auction and the horse sale was 15 hours long! I talked to some people and they said if they didn’t sell their horse they would tie the horse to someone eldest trailer so they would have to take them home or set them loose on the highway to get hot by a semi. How the heck is this humane?!
    Horse slaughter tis something that is

    • Mikayla
      If they cannot afford to feed them, then do not own them in the first place.I have owned horses all my life and horse slaughter is a predatory industry motivated by human greed and lack of moral responsibility. Euthanasia administered by a vet is humane and the least someone owes their horse. Horse slaughter WILL BE OUTLAWED because it is the right thing to do.

    • Are you nuts? Why, I say Why should a horse, through no fault of its own, be subjected to the irresponsible and callous behavior of its owner. That’s why people abandon their children, their dogs and cats, their parents and God knows what else because they have no conscience, no compassion, always pushing their troubles and responsibilities on society. So you say….lets just give these people an easy way out of their problems. Ha! Are you nuts?

    • Mikayla:
      Some of the horses showing up at the auctions don’t belong there. There are far too
      many taking or purchasing horses, ponies and other equines under false pretenses. Just
      ask me and I will tell you about my experience. Did the people you talk to have horses
      at the auction or were they just mad about the latest action to finally end the slaughter
      and transportation of our equines? We had a trailer wreck in my state carrying 59 horses to Canada. The driver crashed the double decker trailer and ran away from the accident. Of the
      59 horses, 19 were either killed or had to be euthanized. The other 40 were adopted
      by caring horse owners. If an owner becomes unable to keep their horses, there are
      networks and people to call. There is no reason to set the horse(s) loose on a hightway
      unless one deliberately wants the horse(s) to be killed.

    • This is really sad coming from a person that has admittedly owned and shown horses all their life. You have been to an auction, but have you actually been to a slaughter house to see the inhuman way possibly your and many other breeders horses have to suffer and die.

  6. Wild and domestic horses parks of America for our horses. Its time to change the laws to stop the BLM round ups and change the laws to stop the overbreeders of America who continue to send 200K wild and domestic horses and burros to a horrific death. Real American’s don’t eat horses. Thearaputic riding centers across America for the horses made homeless by the BLM and the overbreeders of America.

  7. Okay for us folk out of state and his district– do we snail mail a thank you card? or what? a lot of times you can’t email the rep if you aren’t in there district.

  8. Thank you so much! Horses have been recognized as wonderful partners in equine-assisted therapeutic programs for children with autism, veterans afflicted with PTSD, cancer and depressed patients, as well as in rehab programs such as those for prisoners and at-risk kids (e.g. Philadelphia). Providing horse a second or third or xth chance through promoting these kinds of programs could not only save horse lives but also benefit the society, lower crime, and last but not least, create jobs! Why not proposing grants for further development of such programs or even tax breaks (despite the economic timing) for valid businesses adopting horses otherwise bound to the slaughterhouse for the purpose of supporting licensed therapy, rehabilitation, or crime prevention?

  9. Thank you Rep Meehan:) Hope you can get everyone on board and stop the slaughter and transportation of horses to Canada and Mexico!!! American that I have talked to do not eat horsemeat nor do they want too they are not raised to eat!!!

  10. Thank you Pat Meehan for always being the stand up lawman I know you to be as a former resident of Delaware County. I was not surprised you were first in our state to speak out for an end to Horse Slaughter, I am very proud of you.

    Sadly, this is now happening in my own backyard.

    • I couldn’t have said it any better…. Many heart felt thank yous go out to Rep. Patrick Meehan for standing by what we believe is only right….

  11. Congressman Patrick Meehan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. OFFICE
    513 Cannon HOB
    Washington, DC 20515

    SPRINGFIELD OFFICE
    940 Sproul Road
    Springfield, PA 19064

    • Representative Meehan….Thank you so much for your position on this matter. Please, please do all you can to stop horse slaughter. Not only is this wrong, but it would only be the beginning of killing another breed of animal that is totally unnecessary.

  12. OK you got me! I clicked on it only to find the news about about U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan. This is a far cry from,”Congress Considering Ending Horse Slaughter Once And For All” is it not? Congress has done nothing and all petitions are still collecting dust in some committee’s bin. Yes, I have posted praise to Patrick Meehan and I am happy to see everyone posted on his Facebook page as well but … am I missing something? How does this mean all of congress is in considerations of anything?

    • Yep! Empty speak…where are his efforts to contact his Congressional partners, introduce effective, coordinated change? Hit the committees, keep the folks informed?

      PR moment and I don’t question his position….I question his resolve.

      Pelosi, Reid, McConnell and Boehner (sp?) are special interest STINK! Why? Because they control the legislative process and Obama has no concept of Fed politics. He ain’t NO Washington, Truman, Roosevelt or Lincoln. It is killing us and the equines.

  13. Just an FYI, the D’s mentioned are opposed to slaughter and the R’s mentioned are not. You can also ad Eric Cantor to the pro list. Obama has been stated to be against slaughter. Yes, the ban was lifted via thieves in the night and signed via auto pen while the President was out of the country but, IMO, if an R gets in the White House, our horses are as good as dead! Big business is more important and less regulation is their deal. That is my belief. I respect yours as well of course because I know we are on the same team.

  14. WOW!! This would be wonderful news, if it really happens. It’s the only way to stop greedy people from sending horses across borders to be slaughtered there. The horse slaughter “business” should be permanently banned everywhere, especially on the North, Central & South American continents! You changed your look too, kind of confusing, but, I like it.

  15. THANK YOU SO MUCH US REP PATRICK MEEHAN FOR BEING THE VOICES OF THE HORSES THAT DON’T HAVE ONE:) you are a special person:)

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