Horse Slaughter Facts

  • Horse slaughter exists to supply the human appetite for horse meat and no other reason. 

  • Horse slaughter is a brutal and terrifying way to end a horse's life. 

  • Most horses who go to slaughter are in good condition.

Is it possible to conduct commercial horse slaughter in a humane manner?

No. Horse slaughter, whether in U.S. or foreign plants, was never and cannot be humane because of the nature of the industry and the unique biology of horses. Slaughter is a brutal and terrifying end for horses, and it is not humane. Horses are shipped for more than 24 hours at a time without food, water or rest in crowded trucks. They are often seriously injured or killed in transit.

Are there any other options for horses at risk of going to slaughter?

Yes. There are several ways to reduce the number of homeless or at-risk horses. We can curb over breeding, educate owners about other re-homing options and expand adoption work. Over 100,000 horses are sent to slaughter each year, and the vast majority would be re-homed; not every horse going to slaughter needs to go to rescue. The USDA documented that 92.3 percent of horses sent to slaughter are in good condition and are able to live out a productive life. These horses would be sold, donated or otherwise re-homed; however, kill buyers outbid legitimate horse owners and rescues at auctions, robbing horses of ever having a second chance at life.


One source of horses for leasing to charro (horse tripping) rodeos are feedlots.

Killer buyers employed by slaughterhouses lease out horses for the charreada circuit to make extra money from them before selling the horses to horse slaughter plants.


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