The Humane Society of the United States

End Horse Slaughter

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Each year, more than 100,000 American horses—working, racing and companion horses and even children’s ponies—are inhumanely transported long distances in cramped trailers without food, water or rest. Then they are brutally slaughtered, and their meat is shipped overseas for human consumption. The majority of these horses are young, healthy animals who could have led productive lives with loving owners if they’d been given the chance.



  • Actor Sebastian Roché speaks out against horse slaughter. Photo by Bret Hartman/AP Images for The HSUS

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News & Events

  • May 4, 2017

    Budget bill prevents slaughter of wild horses

    The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund are pleased that the 2017 omnibus spending bill includes provisions protecting our nation’s wild horses and burros. The bill prevents the Bureau of Land Management and its contractors from sending wild horses to be slaughtered for human consumption. It further directs the BLM to review all serious proposals from non-governmental organizations and create a plan, within 180 days of enactment of the bill, to maintain long-term, sustainable populations on the range in a humane manner.

  • January 12, 2017

    U.S. House leaders introduce legislation to prohibit slaughter of American horses

    Federal lawmakers have introduced legislation to prevent the establishment of horse slaughter operations within the U.S., end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat. The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 113, was introduced by Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Ed Royce (R-Calif.), and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.). The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Legislative Fund announced their enthusiastic support for the legislation.

  • December 14, 2016

    Harry and Snowman documentary highlights a horse saved from slaughter

    The new documentary Harry and Snowman shares the story of a horse who was saved from slaughter and went on to become a champion jumper. Director/producer Ron Davis hopes the film will inspire viewers to learn more -- and help horses.

  • April 19, 2016

    House Committee Approves Amendment to Protect Horses

    The U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted to adopt an amendment to prevent the slaughter of horses for human consumption on U.S. soil.