Due to their sensitive nature and flight response, there is no humane way to slaughter horses for food. People are often horrified to learn that all kinds of horses meet this fate: unsuccessful racehorses, lame or ill horses, pets, and foals who are "byproducts" of production of the hormone replacement therapy drug Premarin.
Horse owners are often unaware of the pain, fear, and suffering their animals endure before being slaughtered, starting with transport, often over long distances without food, water or rest, in trucks where they are easily injured.
Slaughterhouse conditions are very frightening for horses. In some countries, horses are stabbed in the neck to paralyze them prior to slaughter. The majority of horse flesh produced in both North and Latin America is shipped to Europe and Asia for human consumption. Each year, many tens of thousands of horses are routinely slaughtered in Europe for food, too.
Instead of being shipped to slaughter, horses should be re-homed, sent to sanctuary or humanely euthanized by a veterinarian. Join our campaign to end the cruelty.
April 16, 2013
Read HSI's statement following the European Commission’s report on horse meat safety.
March 8, 2013
HSI/Canada et la Canadian Horse Defence Coalition appellent à une interdiction de l’abattage de chevaux alors que de la phénylbutazone est détectée dans de la viande chevaline canadienne
HSI/Canada et la Canadian Horse Defence Coalition renouvellent leur appel pour une interdiction fédérale immédiate de l'abattage, de la vente, du transport et de l'exportation de chevaux destinés à la consommation humaine. Récemment, de la phénylbutazone a été décelée dans de la viande chevaline canadienne exportée vers la Suisse.
March 8, 2013
HSI/Canada and the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition Call for a Ban on Horse Slaughter as Phenylbutazone is Detected in Canadian Horsemeat
HSI/Canada and the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition are renewing calls for an immediate federal prohibition on the slaughter, sale, transport and live export of horses for human consumption, after traces of phenylbutazone were recently found in Canadian horsemeat exported to Switzerland.
February 28, 2013
Following an exposé showing numerous animal welfare violations on Canadian horse feedlots, HSI/Canada called for a federal prohibition on the slaughter, sale, transport and export of horses for human consumption.