East Texas Mayor Hopes Congress Can Close Slaughter Plant

September 25, 2006

A mile from one of only three horse slaughter plants in the United States, the stale smell of offal and blood wafts under Mayor Paula Bacon's nose.
"It's a kill day, isn't it?" she says, referring to the plant's twice a week slaughter... Read More


Horse Slaughter Numbers Increasing

September 23, 2006

On Sept. 21, the Humane Society of the United States issued a release calling for immediate action in the Senate on S.R.1915, a bill that, if passed and signed by the president, would stop the shipment of horses intended for slaughter. The House... Read More


Horse Slaughter Bill on Hold

September 21, 2006

A bill in the U.S. Senate that aims to end horse slaughter for human consumption will most likely be put on hold until next year.

"With an abbreviated schedule in this session before we adjourn for elections and the recess, it doesn't look... Read More


Clerical Error Sends Wrong Slaughter Bill To Senate

September 18, 2006

Because of a clerical error, the wrong version of a bill to end horse slaughter was delivered to the U.S. Senate. The error was discovered the week of Sept. 10, and the House of Representatives requested the bill be returned so the correct... Read More


House Votes to Ban Horse Slaughter

September 08, 2006

In an act that went against the recommendations of the Secretary of Agriculture and two prominent veterinary groups, on Sept. 7 Congress voted 263-146 to end horse slaughter in the United States. House members also defeated two amendments that... Read More


Humane Society Applauds House Decision on H.R. 503

September 08, 2006

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) released the following document yesterday (Sept. 7) in response to the passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In a historic ste... Read More


AQHA Responds to Passage of H.R. 503

September 08, 2006

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) released the following document yesterday (Sept. 7) in response to the passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Today the agriculture... Read More


Horse Slaughter Bill Passed by House

September 07, 2006

A bill to end horse slaughter for human consumption passed the U.S. House of Representatives Sept. 7 with a final vote of 263-146. Two amendments to alter the bill both failed to pass.

If the bill... Read More


Horse Slaughter Bill Nears Vote

September 06, 2006

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Sept. 7 on a bill that would end horse slaughter for human consumption. With the vote drawing near, those on both sides of the issue have been trying to garner last-minute support.

A... Read More


U.S. Administration Announces It Opposes Slaughter Bill

September 06, 2006

The USDA's Office of the Secretary sent the following letter to the House of Representatives' Committee on Agriculture today listing the reasons why it opposes H.R. 503.

United States Department of Agriculture
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Shipping and Disease: EVA

September 01, 2006

One of the major problems with EVA is how easily it can be transferred from one horse to another. Of course there is the respiratory route, where nasal secretions spread the virus from horse to horse through a barn or training stable.... Read More


House Subcommittees Hear Slaughter Bill

September 01, 2006

In late July, two House subcommittees heard testimonies from horse industry leaders on H.R. 503, a bill to ban horse slaughter. On July 27, Agricultural Subcommittee members voted 37-3 to send the bill to the House floor and strongly recommended... Read More


Ag Committee Sends Horse Bill to the Floor Unfavorably

August 03, 2006

House Agriculture Committee Official Statement on H.R. 503

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Agriculture Subcommittee Strongly Disapproves of Slaughter Bill

July 27, 2006

The House Agricultural Subcommittee listened to testimonies from a panel of horse industry and veterinary leaders yesterday (July 27) concerning an amendment (H.R. 503) to the Horse Protection Act. After listening to a lengthy discussion, member... Read More


Federal Hearing on Horse Slaughter Draws Large Crowd

July 26, 2006

A legislative hearing Tuesday by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection concerning the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act drew a large crowd, causing the hearing to be moved after opening... Read More


House Subcommittee to Hear Horse Slaughter Amendment

July 21, 2006

The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection will hold a hearing for the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503) at 2 p.m. on July 25, according to the subcommittee's web site.

H.R. 503 is an... Read More


Slaughter Legislation Could Be Put To Vote

July 05, 2006

The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act could be put to a vote when Congress returns July 10 from its Fourth of July recess. Before the break, Capitol Hill was the scene of intense lobbying from those on both sides of the issue.... Read More


Unwanted Horse Coalition Folded into AHC

June 27, 2006

The Unwanted Horse Coalition, which started as the Unwanted Horse Summit during the American Horse Council's (AHC) annual convention in April 2005, is being folded into the AHC. American Horse Council Chairman Nick Nicholson made the announcemen... Read More


Congress Votes to Protect Wild Horses from Slaughter

June 21, 2006

Wild horses in the United States received a reprieve on May 19, when the House voted in favor of an amendment to prohibit the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from selling wild horses and burros to commercial entities.

An amendment to th... Read More


Report: The Unintended Consequences of a Ban on the Humane Slaughter (Processing) of Horses in the United States

June 12, 2006

The following paper was published recently by the Animal Welfare Council of Colorado Springs, Colo.

IN THE UNITED... Read More


Zito, Jackson, Hancock Discuss Slaughter Issue

June 09, 2006

The excitement of the upcoming third jewel of the Triple Crown highlights the shining careers of Thoroughbreds in their prime, but also conjures up the tender subject of what might happen to those runners once their careers have ended.

A... Read More


Center Offers New Hope for Unwanted Horses

May 09, 2006

On May 3, members of the Kentucky horse industry announced that they have united to form the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, a new shelter and adoption service for unwanted horses of all breeds. According to the group, The Kentucky... Read More


Former Derby Contender Finds a Home

May 05, 2006

Four years after being considered a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender, Tracemark, a 7-year-old gelding, is embarking on a life of retirement on a California farm.

Not much newsworthy about that, even during Kentucky Derby season. But... Read More


Ferdinand Derby Anniversary Impetus for Slaughter-Ban Push

May 04, 2006

Supporters of legislation that would ban the transport of horses to slaughter for human consumption are hopeful the measure will pass Congress this year, a co-sponsor of the bill said May 3. Meanwhile, members of the Kentuck... Read More


MRLS in Florida

May 01, 2006

Three cases of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) have been confirmed by necropsies in Florida, according to Dana Zimmel, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, ABVP, of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

The first case was a... Read More