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Support the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011

Article by Laura Allen of the Animal Law Coalition

What You Can Do

Just as U.S. Representatives Jim Moran (D-VA) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) are calling for an end to horse slaughter, a bill to make that happen is introduced in the Senate. Here is what Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the sponsors, have released about this bill:

The Problem: Somewhere between 60,000 and 100,000 horses/year are exported from the United States each year with the intent to slaughter for human consumption.

There are no horse slaughterhouses in the United States, and there is not a demand for horse meat in the United States. Two out three Americans believe the practice of horse slaughter is unnecessary and inhumane. Transport to foreign slaughterhouses is lengthy and cruel.

Horses in the United States differ from other livestock in that they have never been raised for the purpose of slaughter. As such, they are frequently treated with drugs that are toxic when ingested by humans and not approved for use in animals raised for human consumption.

Additionally, we have no system in the United States to track which medications a horse has received throughout its lifetime, which makes horse meat a serious food safety/American food export risk.

The Solution: The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011, S.B. 1176amends the Horse Protection Act (HPA) to prohibit the sale or transport of horses or equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce with the intent of processing for human consumption.

Most Common Fallacies: (1) Horses going to slaughter are old and are infirm. The USDA has estimated that 92.3% of the horses going to slaughter are healthy, sound, and in “good” condition.

(2) Without slaughtering, we will have up to 100,000 unwanted horses. Some horses that end up at slaughter are stolen or sold to “killer-buyers” unwittingly or illegally. In 1998, when California banned horse slaughter, horse theft went down by 34%. Horse owners will buy some of these horses, horse rescue facilities will absorb some, and others will be humanely euthanized.

(3) It is expensive to euthanize and dispose of a horse. The average cost for humane euthanasia and disposal of a horse is approximately $225, which is about the same amount as one month’s care. Ninety percent of the horses that die each year are humanely euthanized and/or safely disposed, so this additional ten percent is not a burden. Brutal slaughter is not an appropriate alternative.


The bill, filed on June 9, already has a number of co-sponsors. Find your two U.S. senators here, and if they are not co-sponsors, write (faxes or letters are best) or call them and urge them to sign on to S.B. 1176 as co-sponsors! Be sure to tell them you live in their state.

S.B. 1176 has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Write (faxes or letters) or call committee members listed below and urge them to co-sponsor S.B. 1176 to ban the export of American horses for slaughter for human consumption. If a committee member is your senator, be sure to mention that you live in his/her state! (Please be polite; you can do harm to our efforts to save the horses if you are rude.)

The Committee is chaired by Jay Rockefeller (D-WVa) and the ranking minority members is  Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).

Committee Members
Majority Members (Democrats)
Member Name DC Phone DC FAX Contact Form
Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) [Chairman] 202-224-6472 202-224-7665
Dan Inouye (D-HI) 202-224-3934 202-224-6747
John Kerry (D-MA) 202-224-2742 202-224-8525
Barbara Boxer (D-CA) 202-224-3553 202-224-0454
Bill Nelson (D-FL) 202-224-5274 202-228-2183
Maria Cantwell (D-WA) 202-224-3441 202-228-0514
Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) 202-224-3224 202-228-4054
Mark Pryor (D-AR) 202-224-2353 202-228-0908
Claire McCaskill (D-MO) 202-224-6154 202-228-6326
Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) 202-224-3244 202-228-2186
Tom Udall (D-NM) 202-224-6621 202-228-3261
Mark R. Warner (D-VA) 202-224-2023 202-224-6295 …
Mark Begich (D-AK) 202-224-3004 202-224-2354
Minority Members (Republicans)
Member Name DC Phone DC FAX Contact Form
Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) [Ranking Member] 202-224-5922 202-224-0776
Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) 202-224-5344 202-224-1946
Jim DeMint (R-SC) 202-224-6121 202-228-5143 …
John Thune (R-SD) 202-224-2321 202-228-5429
Roger Wicker (R-MS) 202-224-6253 202-228-0378 …
Johnny Isakson (R-GA) 202-224-3643 202-228-0724
Roy Blunt (R-MO) 202-224-5721 202-224-8149
John Boozman (R-AR) 202-224-4843 202-228-1371
Pat Toomey (R-PA) 202-224-4254 202-228-0284
Marco Rubio (R-FL) 202-224-3041 202-228-0285
Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) 202-224-3324 202-224-4952
Dean Heller (R-NV) 202-224-6244 202-228-6753

5 replies »

  1. Whahoooooo. This is something that I always prayed for. We now must contact all the committee members to let them know we hope they will support the bill so it moves out the
    committee and out to the floor for a vote. The EVIL ONES will be out there trying to convince the Legislators some of the info is flawed. Some people feel letters, emails and phone calls do not make a difference. I have learned with my experience, that each time you call,
    email, or write, there is definitely a count kept on the number of correspondence on that particular issue.. and I’m sure this topic will fill files…Thank you RT for keeping all of your
    Warriors up to date with the info. I have already called both Senator Dick Durbin and
    Senator Mark Kirk ( who has always been a supporter of animal welfare) to become sponsors of this bill. I will also send emails to the committee members too as they will be the ones to vote to bring this bill to the floor.

    God Sped and with all of our efforts this will PASS ONCE AND FOR ALL!


  2. Everyone of them i asked if they are receiving calls on urging the member to support SB1176 all of them said yes they are receiving a steady stream of calls for the support of SB1176, God speed to everyone please keep calling , Our Horses voices will be heard……………………………….


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