Ending Horse Slaughter is In Our Hands

Every Year, More Than 60,000 Healthy Horses are Slaughtered
Packed in cramped leg-breaking trucks.
Forced to watch dozens of other horses die...before themselves likely being shot multiple times.
Some may be dismembered while still breathing.
Faithful, hardworking, loving, intelligent...treated with cruelty and indifference.
60,000+ free spirits, winners, healers, best friends....eaten in fancy restaurants across Europe and Asia.
The time has come to ban the butchery and make horse slaughter illegal in the US...forever.
Together we built a nation, we fed generations, we found our way.
Together we can end slaughter, because together, we are better.
A campaign of In Our Hands Action Fund

In Our Hands Action Fund  is dedicated to raising awareness; educating the public and government advocacy on the many issues facing all horses, including their slaughter for human consumption and how these practices can end while improving their welfare.

We need your help!

Together, as one unified force, we can make a difference in the lives of over 60,000 horses that face an uncertain and deadly future unless we act TODAY.

The welfare and future of wild and domestic horses is a responsibility we take seriously because, without them, our nation wouldn’t be as successful as it is.

We must come together to improve the lives of our horses across the country.

Horses are an integral aspect of our American culture as companions, athletes, and work partners.  Even though Americans strongly disagree with slaughtering horses for human consumption, tens of thousands of our nation’s horses continue to be transported to Canada, Mexico and elsewhere each year for slaughter because there is NO federal law against their export for this purpose.  

Horse slaughter is inherently cruel.

The entire process of horse slaughter—from transport to stunning methods—is inherently cruel.  Horses that wind up in the slaughter pipeline are usually purchased from unsuspecting owners by “kill-buyers” or industry middlemen who profit from selling the animals to foreign slaughterhouses.  These horses typically endure long, overcrowded journeys without adequate food, water, or rest. Because they instinctively thrash their long necks when frightened, stunning them often requires repeated blows to the head.  They might even be conscious during slaughter and dismemberment. Before U.S. horse slaughter facilities closed in 2007, the U.S. Department of Agriculture documented this and other examples of horrifying cruelty at operating US slaughter houses.

U.S. horsemeat is toxic to humans due to the unregulated administration of drugs to horses.

Because American horses are not raised for food, they are routinely given a wide range of medications and chemical substances prohibited by the Food and Drug Administration for use in animals raised for food. Those drugs can be toxic when ingested by humans. In direct response to this food safety threat, the European Union, a primary importer of horsemeat derived from American horses, has instituted more stringent import policies, including a ban on horsemeat sourced in Mexico.  Already this year, more than 28,000 American horses have been exported to Mexico and 4,000 to Canada for slaughter for human consumption elsewhere.

Using taxpayer dollars to subsidize horse slaughter is fiscally irresponsible.

Horse slaughter facilities no longer operate in the U.S. due to a widely supported annual appropriations provision that prevents the use of USDA funds for inspection of such facilities.  Indeed, the Administration’s FY20 and FY21 budget proposal specifically requests that no federal funding be authorized for USDA inspections of horse slaughter facilities or horsemeat. No U.S. market for these products exists, and national polling consistently shows that nearly 80 percent of Americans oppose the consumption of horses for food. If we resumed horse slaughter, tax dollars would need to be allocated for it—and diverted from inspections for foods that Americans do consume.  

Rather than relying on an annual appropriation request every fiscal year that allows our horses to continue being exported to slaughter, passing the SAFE Act will put a permanent end to this grisly business and align our laws with our humane values.

Please make a donation to support our campaign to pass the SAFE Act and End Horse Slaughter today!  Be sure to follow us on social media and visit out website at www.horsesinourhands.org to take action by contacting your legislators.

Thank you from the IOHAF Team.


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