SPCA International is proud to join over 100 organizations in calling for legislation to stop the slaughter of U.S. horses for human consumption. Though horses are not slaughtered for meat in the U.S., tens of thousands of horses and burros are exported out of the country each year for the purpose of slaughter and human consumption.
Current legislation making its way through Congress includes provisions that would make it illegal to ship horses to slaughterhouses in neighboring countries, effectively closing a loophole that keeps U.S. horses and burros at risk.
This legislation is in the form of an amendment to H.R. 3684, the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST) Act, which passed the full U.S. House and will soon move onto the senate. The amendment will ban the transport of equines across state lines to Canada or Mexico for slaughter for human consumption.
If you would like to get involved in supporting this legislation, contact your state’s lawmakers to let them know that you support the amendment to keep U.S. horses and burros out of foreign slaughterhouses.