Horses are sent to foreign slaughter houses to be brutally slaughtered to feed diners in other countries. Over 166, 000 horses are killed every year. USDA statistics show that over 92 percent of horses slaughtered are in good condition and able to live productive lives.
It's not only all of kinds of horses that are sent out of the United States to other countries to be murdered, but "retired" race horses. Once the horses are out of the prime racing years, they aren't sent to a nice pasture, they're shipped away and sold as meat or turned into dog food or glue. No matter where the horse is from, or how important it was to someone in another time, in the slaughterhouses, they're only ranked by their weight. The beautiful, spirited horses are killed and used for things anyone could easily live without.
The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act would prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses for slaughtering. It was brought up in Congress in 2011, but was not legislated by Congress. It needs to be brought up again and enacted.
Most horses who go to slaughter are not unwanted, but instead wind up in the hands of killer buyers because they are in good health and will bring a good price per pound for their meat. Let's put a stop to this terrible inhumanity!