Horse Slaughter

The BLM gives wild horses & burros substances that are banned in animals to be used for human consumption

Source:  Wild Horse Freedom Federation

By Debbie Coffey, V.P. & Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

As Congress considers proposals in the Budget to kill tens of thousands of wild horses & burros, and to re-open horse slaughter plants in the U.S., it is important to note that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) gives wild horses and burros substances that are banned in animals to be used for human consumption.

Be sure to send this article to your Congressional representatives.

If a wild horse or burro is given any of these banned substances, even only one time, the horse or burro should not ever be used for human consumption.  Dr. Ann Marini stated “Remember that it is the administration, not the blood level of the drug(s), that determine whether an animal, including horses, are eligible for slaughter.”

Dr. Ann Marini and John Holland, Pres. of Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA), were guests on Wild Horse & Burro Radio to talk about this topic.  You can listen to the archived radio show HEREDr. Ann Marini also spoke at the Equine Advocates’ American Equine Summit (2013) and you can watch the video HERE.


Using BLM records from FOIA documentation and other sources, below you’ll see an example of some of the drugs the BLM gives to wild horses and burros, (and one time use of any of them means wild horses & burros should not be slaughtered for human consumption):


4 replies »

  1. It’s important to recognize that some horses in or around wild herds may be unbranded domestic horses dumped or escaped. These will be untraceable and surely most vaccinated etc. in their lives. Hunters regularly lose horses where I live, for instance, and with questionable fences some domestic horses do mingle in wild herds, as we’ve seen with the Navajo herds.

    There’s really no way to ensure any horse rounded up and sold for slaughter is “clean” and therefore all may carry toxins, not to even mention how many wild herds graze around unfenced oil and gas pads and contaminated leach ponds.

    Consider also that in Europe, law enforcement found ground horsemeat mixed in with other species and mislabeled, meaning even less traceability and higher risk to any consumers, who are often the poorest. Wealth is no guarantee of safety, either, since contaminated meat has entered the U.S. food chain as others have documented.

    In short, there is no way this can be a safe or ethical practice.


  2. It never ends!!! No matter how hard we fight to stop horse slaughter and protect the wild mustangs, it gets thrown in our faces again!! So sick of this!!!!! Horse slaughter needs to be banned forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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