Horse Slaughter: NOT a Necessary Evil

February 14th, 2010

In 2006, approximately 105,000 horses were slaughtered in the United States. Some of the meat was used by zoos to feed large carnivores, but the vast majority of it (42 million dollars’ worth) was sold to Europe and Japan for human consumption.

However, because all horse slaughter took place at only three plants (two in Texas and one in Illinois, all Belgian-owned), most Americans were unaware that it was happening until proposed legislation in 2006 made the issue public.

In 2007, court rulings shut down all three plants, effectively ending horse slaughter in the United States.

I believe that, in the long run, this will be a good thing. But it was NOT the simple, magical solution that many proponents were hoping for. For many decades, slaughter provided an easy, convenient disposal system for tens of thousands of “extra” horses, and those extra horses aren’t going to disappear overnight. (more…)