Horses have not been slaughtered in the United States for more than a decade due to restrictions on inspection funding BUT hundreds of thousands of American equines have endured a grueling journey to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered there during the past decade! Many horses shipped to slaughter are young, healthy animals. Others are old, sick, blind, and crippled and are particularly unfit to withstand the rigors of the long journey to the slaughterhouses. Panicked horses are then prodded off trucks and endure even more horrors at the slaughterhouse. It has been reported that many horses need repeated blows to the head before being stunned and killed.
Horses from so many different sources, including racehorses who cannot bring in enough earnings, carriage horses and other work horses, wild horses, and unwanted pets, are not spared the agony. The horsemeat is typically shipped abroad to be eaten.
Despite federal and state bills being introduced year after year to stop this cruel practice, it nonetheless continues.
Please ask your NYS legislators to support A. 5109 and S. 2163-A to ban horse slaughter. This legislation is sponsored by Assemblymember Deborah Glick and Senator Joseph Addabbo. The Humane Society of New York helped to draft this legislation.
To help take action on any of these or other animal protection bills pending before the NYS Legislature, use the methods below to reach lawmakers.
If you do not know their names or contact information, go to www.nyassembly.gov and www.nysenate.gov. If you provide your address, you can get this information. In your communication, mention that you are a constituent and include your address.