Amendment to ban on transporting equines for slaughter could see US House vote this week


Yearlings at Stone Farm in Paris, Kentucky | Photo credit: Marty Irby

Executive Director of Animal Wellness Action Marty Irby

Executive Director of Animal Wellness Action Marty Irby

Wayne Pacelle

Wayne Pacelle

Ending the transport of horses across national and national lines will have the effect of banning the trade, notes Animal Wellness Action

We applaud the members of Congress who are leading this measure and will continue to bring new and creative solutions to end the most egregious abuses in the equine world. “

– Marty Irby, Executive Director of Animal Wellness Action

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, June 28, 2021 / – Thursday, U.S. Reps Troy Carter, D-La., Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., John Katko, RN.Y., Dina Titus, D-Nev., And Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. introduced an amendment designed by Animal Wellness Action to HR 3684, the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST) Act, to prohibit the transport of equines across state borders or into Canada or Mexico for slaughter for human consumption. This amendment, if enacted, would prevent a cruel and predatory trade that claims the lives of tens of thousands of horses and burros per year in foreign slaughterhouses.

The original amendment was first tabled by Carter, Fitzpatrick and Katko on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and withdrawn with the consent of President Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, so that it could be refined. Representative Titus wanted to cover the extended protections for donkeys and additional work was done to make it even more feasible, and Representative Cohen wanted to join in the idea of ​​linking the anti-slaughter provisions to a provision in the bill prohibiting use. double-decker trailers to transport horses and burros.

The revised amendment tabled has yet to authorize the House Rules Committee to get a vote this week, and that continuation is more likely with increased support for the measure. The amendment garnered additional cosponsors, including Representatives Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., And Vern Buchanan (the main sponsors of the stand-alone anti-horse slaughter bill); Representatives Paul Tonko, DN.Y., and Andy Barr, R-Ky., (Co-Chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus); and Reps Buddy Carter, R-Ga., Donald Payne, DN.J. and Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa. bringing the total of cosponsors to 6 Democrats and 6 Republicans.

The measure has been approved by more than 225 animal and equine groups, organizations, rescues and businesses in the United States, including the Jockey Club; Barry Irwin, CEO of Team Valor International; Graham Motion who conditioned the winner of the 2011 Kentucky Derby Animal Kingdom; Jeff Gural, owner of Allerage Farm and owner of Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs racetracks; Thoroughbred Tracking Alliance; the National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization; United States Harness Racing Alumni Association; Claiborne Farm; Stone Farm where three Kentucky Derby winners were bred; Crawford Farms; the thoroughbreds of West Point; Nick Zito; Pine Oak Stud; the Texas State Horse Council; Images of Winterstone; the Horses for Life Foundation; the Animal Welfare Foundation; and Center for a Human Economy to name a few.

“Our iconic American equines spurred trade and infrastructure development during the republic’s first 150 years, and it is fitting that the INVEST law pays them a debt by ending their ruthless exploitation by killers who take them to the Canada and Mexico. for the butcher shop. said Marty Irby, Executive Director of Animal Wellness Action, which was recently honored by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her work in protecting horses. “We applaud the members of Congress who are leading this measure and will continue to provide new and creative solutions to end the most egregious abuses in the equine world.”

“Rep. Troy Carter was a leader on animal welfare issues in the Louisiana State Senate, and he resumed right away by leading the amendment to stop the trade in slaughter horses,” Wayne said. Pacelle, President of the Center for a Humane Economy. “Our nation’s businesses and businesses must be strong, but they must also be human. Slaughtering horses is good for the economy and the character of our nation.”


Horses are revered and cherished in the United States, and 80 percent of Americans oppose the slaughter of horses for human consumption. As the public grows aware of the cruelty inherent in the horse slaughter industry, calls for a federal response have increased as the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been embroiled in a suspicious adoption plan that allows “adopters” to rake in profits by selling horses and burros to the slaughterhouse.

Transporting horses for slaughter is dangerous and has caused multiple serious accidents on American highways. The list goes on of serious accidents on American highways involving trucks loaded with horses destined for slaughter. Most of them involve horrific injuries and the death of horses on trucks. As of October 2020, 14 horses were killed and 11 seriously injured when a truck driving the animals for slaughter overturned on a highway in Franklin County, Missouri. Similar crashes have happened over the years and in most cases motorists had to avoid the crash and in some cases have encountered terrified and injured horses running free in the traffic lanes. Likewise, in 2017, a truck owned by the infamous murder buyers who own one of the nation’s largest horse slaughterhouses in Bastrop, Louisiana was involved in a terrible accident that resulted in the death of 19 horses.

Although horse slaughter does not currently occur on U.S. soil due to a de facto ban obtained through the appropriation process, more than 70,000 domestic and wild horses are shipped to Mexico and Canada each year for be slaughtered for human consumption in these countries, Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world.

A stand-alone legislation that would permanently ban both the transport of horses for slaughter and the slaughter itself – the SAFE Act – was recently introduced, but despite the passage of a similar bill it Fifteen years ago, and with the majority of MPs co-sponsoring the measure in the 116th Congress, the enactment of the legislation continues to be an uphill battle due to the interests of industrial agriculture and members of Congress supporting the slaughter.

Animal Wellness Action is a 501 (c) (4) organization based in Washington, DC, whose mission is to help animals by promoting legal standards that prohibit cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of pets, farm animals and wildlife. We advocate for policies to end dog and rooster fighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to combat factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we encourage the adoption of good public policies and strive to enforce those policies. To pass good laws, we need to elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our problems and which don’t. We believe that helping animals helps us all.

The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a private, charitable organization based in Los Angeles whose mission is to help animals by making veterinary care available to anyone with a pet, regardless of economic capacity. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need, and help homeless animals find a loving caregiver. We campaign for veterinarians to be at the forefront of the animal welfare movement; promote responsible pet ownership; and vaccinate animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent cruelty to animals and alleviate suffering. We believe that helping animals helps us all.

The Center for a Humane Economy (“the Center”) is a non-profit organization that aims to influence the conduct of businesses to forge a humane economic order. The first organization of its kind in the animal welfare movement, the Center encourages businesses to honor their social responsibilities in a culture where consumers, investors and other key players hate cruelty and environmental degradation and embrace the innovation as a means of eliminating both.

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