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


Missouri Crash Victims Recovering: Three Remain Hospitalized

October 25, 2006

Twenty-two of the equine victims that survived a crash in eastern Missouri last month are recovering at the Humane Society of Missouri's (HSMO) Longmeadow Rescue Ranch near Union. Three others are being nursed at area veterinary hospitals.... Read More


Veterinarian Describes Missouri Trailer Accident Response

October 25, 2006

A veterinarian who responded to the deadly trailer accident on Sept. 27 has described his experience with The Horse and how it has impacted him.

A truck carrying 42 horses bound for slaughter overturned early that morning on... Read More


Auction Donations Requested to Help Missouri Crash Horses

October 24, 2006

Veterinarians and veterinary technicians have launched a non-profit organization called St. Louis Horse Heroes (SLHH) to raise funds for the care of the 25 survivors of a horrific Sept. 27 crash of a double-decker trailer that was ferrying the... Read More


Unwanted Horse Coalition Elects Chair, Names Coordinator

October 06, 2006

This week, the Unwanted Horse Coalition elected Tom Lenz, DVM, to serve as Chairman, and it named Katy Carter as the Coalition's Coordinator.
A past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), Lenz is well... Read More


Composting Could Be a Viable Alternative for Carcass Disposal

October 06, 2006

Last year, 94,000 horses were slaughtered--a number that seems to be increasing for 2006--and another 100,000 were euthanatized. With horse slaughter on the edge of extinction in the United States and the practice of carcass rendering on the... Read More


Missouri Horse Accident Update

September 29, 2006

The Humane Society of Missouri says it's working to secure ownership of 25 horses and a mule that survived a crash Wednesday (Sept. 27) on Interstate 44 near Sullivan.

Investigators say the creatures were en route to a... Read More


Horses Rescued from Tractor-Trailer Wreck Healing at Missouri Humane Society

September 29, 2006

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, the Humane Society of Missouri's Longmeadow Rescue Ranch responded to reports of a horrific tractor-trailer accident on I-44 near St. Clair, Mo., that involved 42 horses bound for slaughter.

At 3:15 a.m.... Read More


16 Horses Die in Highway Crash

September 27, 2006

Sixteen of 42 horses en route to an Illinois slaughterhouse died after a crash early Wednesday (Sept. 27) on Interstate 44 in Franklin County, Mo.

The truck overturned about 3:30 a.m. between Sullivan and St. Clair while en route to Cave... Read More


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