Slaughter Bills Advancing in Congress

April 26, 2007

Congress is moving again to put a stop to the slaughter of horses even after legal rulings that have shut down the country's three slaughter plants.

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved a bill banning horse... Read More


House Votes to Prevent Commercial Slaughter of Wild Horses, Burros

April 26, 2007

The House voted Thursday to prevent the government from selling off for slaughter any wild horses and burros that roam public lands in the West.

The 277-137 vote would restore a 1971 law preventing the Bureau of Land Management from selling... Read More


Illinois House Approves State Slaughter Ban

April 19, 2007

After several failures, state lawmakers have advanced a star-powered measure to outlaw slaughtering horses for human consumption in Illinois.

The House voted 74-41 Wednesday for the measure aimed at closing down the Cavel International Inc.... Read More


Slaughter: Cavel Horses Likely Transported to Canada

April 02, 2007

Two hundred horses are likely on their way to Canadian slaughterhouses now that a court ruling has indefinitely shut down the last three horse slaughterhouses in the United States, including one in DeKalb, Ill., a state official said.

A... Read More


Court Blocks Horse Meat Inspections

March 29, 2007

A federal appeals court on Wednesday blocked the Agriculture Department from providing horse meat inspections for a fee.

The decision in a lawsuit filed by the Humane Society of the United States is another setback for the horse slaughte... Read More


Debate Concerning Horse Abandonment Continues

March 26, 2007

The Associated Press today (March 26) released a new article by Jeffrey McMurray concerning horse abandonment in Eastern Kentucky and the alleged link to the closure of U.S. slaughter facilities.

The new story, which can be read via Read More


HSUS Files Notice of Intent to Sue Slaughter Facility Over Water Pollution

March 22, 2007

The Humane Society of the United States has filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Cavel International horse slaughterhouse in DeKalb, Ill., for repeatedly violating the federal Clean Water Act. Cavel is the only location in the United State... Read More


Humane Society Refutes Horse Abandonment Claims

March 18, 2007

The Humane Society of the United States released a statement on March 16 stating that recent claims that thousands of horses have been abandoned in Kentucky are unfounded, and is calling it a campaign of fear mongering by a foreign-owned horse... Read More


Lack of Options Leading to Increase in Horse Abandonment

March 14, 2007

The bidding for the black pony started at $500, then took a nosedive.

There were no takers at $300, $200, even $100. With a high bid of just $75, the auctioneer gave the seller the choice of taking the animal off the auction block. But the... Read More


Wild Horse Protection Bill Passed by House Committee

March 08, 2007

Legislation to outlaw the commercial sale and slaughter of America's wild horses was passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee yesterday (March 7).

H.R. 249 seeks to restore permanent federal protections for wild horses and burros... Read More


Federal Court of Appeals Affirms Horse Slaughter Illegal in Texas

March 07, 2007

The entire 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed March 5 an earlier panel decision upholding a Texas state law that bans the sale of horsemeat for human consumption.
The full court, which consists of 19 judges, rejected without... Read More


Illinois Horse Slaughter Bill Introduced

February 26, 2007

An Illinois State Representative introduced a bill on Feb. 22 that would prohibit the transportation of horses in the state for the purpose of slaughter for human consumption.

State Rep. Robert Molaro (D-Chicago), who sponsored the bill... Read More


Horse Slaughter Legislation Introduced in Illinois

February 22, 2007

A bill introduced in the Illinois State Legislature today (Feb. 22) could be a first step toward closing the state's horse slaughter plant.

A Belgian company, Cavel International, runs a horse slaughter plant near DeKalb, Ill. A recent... Read More


Slaughter: Committee Leaders Issue Letter Opposing Ban

January 26, 2007

Members of the House Committees on Agriculture and Energy and Commerce yesterday (Jan. 25) released a statement to Congress urging legislators to vote against the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, which was re-introduced into the House an... Read More


HSUS Urging Airlines to Stop Shipping Horsemeat

January 23, 2007

The Humane Society of the United States has called on American and Delta airlines to stop shipping horsemeat from slaughterhouses in Texas to Europe and Asia for human consumption. The request comes on the heels of a federal appeals court ruling... Read More


Horse Slaughter Plants Considering Legal Options

January 21, 2007

The owners of two horse slaughtering plants in Texas are considering whether to challenge a federal appeals court ruling that upheld a Texas law that banned horse slaughter for the purpose of selling the meat for food.

The ruling involve... Read More


Texas Court Rules Against Slaughter

January 20, 2007

A federal appeals court in Houston has ruled that horse slaughter is illegal in Texas, home to two of the nation's three processing plants.

The decision, issued on Jan. 19th by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans,... Read More


Horse Slaughter Bills Introduced in House, Senate

January 17, 2007

Legislators introduced horse slaughter prevention bills simultaneously today (Jan. 17) in both the House and Senate in an effort to increase public awareness. Last year the bill was passed in the House with a 263 to 146 vote, but the Senate... Read More


Slaughter Bill Ban On Wild Horses Introduced Today

January 05, 2007

A bill to restore the 34-year ban on the commercial sale and slaughter of America's wild, free-roaming horses and burros (H.R. 249) was introduced today (Jan. 5) by U.S. House of Representatives Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.).... Read More


Walking Horse Veterinary Inspector Leaving Office

January 05, 2007

The top veterinarian who oversees the inspections of Tennessee walking horses is leaving the Department of Agriculture's inspection office.

As the horse protection coordinator for animal care, Todd Behre, DVM, was at the heart of the... Read More


Appaloosa Horse Club Votes to Oppose Horse Slaughter Prevention Act

January 05, 2007

The following is a statement released by the Appaloosa Horse Club:

The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) Board of Directors voted Dec. 5th, 2006, to oppose passage of Senate Bill 1915 (H.R. 503), the American Horse Slaughter Preventio... Read More


Horse Rescue Farm Must Close Without Zoning Exemption

January 04, 2007

A Clinton County, Ind., farm that cares for abused and neglected horses must obtain a special zoning exemption or go out of business, zoning officials said.

Indiana Horse Rescue's nearly 22-acre property near Frankfort is mostly zoned... Read More


Senate Unable to Vote on Slaughter Ban

December 13, 2006

Horse slaughter opponents will have to start from scratch next Congressional session despite last-minute efforts asking for a Senate vote on the issue. The 109th Congressional session adjourned for the holidays on Dec. 8 without taking action on... Read More


Double-Decker Disaster Leaves 17 of 42 Horses Dead

December 01, 2006

A truck carrying 42 horses bound for slaughter overturned early Sept. 27 on Interstate 44 in Franklin County, Mo. Seventeen horses died immediately or were later euthanatized due to extensive injuries, and the remaining 24 horses and a hinny are in... Read More


For Love or Money?

November 01, 2006

Was it for love, or money? H.L. Mencken wrote that when someone says "it's not about the money," it is about the money. This cynicism is more clever than true. For most of us, most of the time, it's about both. It has to be.

Let's be... Read More