Over 120,000 Horses Are
Being Slaughtered
Annually In The US And
Shipped Overseas For
Human Consumption

David Lawrence Dewey

Last year, over 120,000 healthy American horses were slaughtered and they are not old crippled or blind horses. (It is against federal law to ship a blind or crippled horse). The slaughter industry will not take old skinny horses. The horses being slaughtered range in age from six months to thirteen years of age.
Why Are They Being Slaughtered?
American horses are being slaughtered in three foreign owned slaughter houses in Ilinois and Texas. Their meat is being shipped overseas as a delicacy for the Italians, French, Japanese and other countries overseas.
Polls across America show that 74%-90% of people are opposed to horses being slaughtered.
Currently there are bills in the House (HR 503) and Senate (S 1915) that would ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption and the transport of horseflesh or live horses out of the country for the purpose of slaughter. HR 503 currently has 134 cosponsors.
The Senate version of The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (S1915) was introduced on Wednesday 26, of October and currently has 10 cosponsors.
Horse slaughter promotes theft, neglect, abuse and lowers the value of horses in general.
Tom Durfee and his wife Julia, own and operate The Laughing Horse Sanctuary a 501(c)3 non-profit equine rescue. They are asking fellow Americans to help this stop this senseless slaughter of these intelligent and loving animals.
You can contact Tom and Julia through this address, telephone and website:
The Laughing Horse Sanctuary
8317 Grassland Drive
Sandy Level, VA 24161
Phone 434-927-5298
Fax 434-927-5534
Please contact your Congressman and Senators and ask them to co-sponsor this important legislation to stop this barbaric practice and slaughter of these horses.
You can find contract information to contact your Congressmen here:
Additional Information:
The Animal Welfare Institute has just updated its color brochure on horse slaughter and copies are ready for distribution. If anyone is interested in obtaining some to distribute we are providing them for free. For large orders we do request that shipping fees be covered. Please contact me for details.
An insert detailing the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503) and what can be done to help pass this bill is also included.
Christopher J. Heyde
Research Associate
Animal Welfare Institute
PO Box 3650
Washington, DC 20027
Tel: (703) 836-4300
Fax: (703) 997-1134



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