Every year, over 30,000 American horses are live-exported over the borders to Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered for human consumption. Driven by profit, the horses are reduced to nothing but a price per pound commodity in the international horsemeat trade.
Purchased by kill buyers at auction houses, horses are then shipped long distances in cramped trailers without food, water, or rest. The entire journey in the slaughter pipeline has proven to be an inhumane and torturous experience for the horses. The actual slaughter process is nothing less than a living nightmare documented in many investigative videos.
HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES
American horsemeat is unsafe for human consumption. Because horses aren't raised as food animals in the United States they're regularly administered medications and other toxic substances that are expressly prohibited for use in food animals. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declared hundreds of these drugs, including some highly toxic to humans, are "not for use on horses intended for human consumption". Furthermore, there is currently no system in place to trace the drug histories of American horses.
By law, horses being shipped to Mexico and Canada are required to be free of certain drugs for six months before being slaughtered, and those involved in their shipping must have affidavits proving that. But affidavits are easily falsified. As a result, horses often show up in Canada and Mexico within a few weeks from their initial export facility. This is most troublesome when horses come from racetracks, as these horses typically have a higher intake of drugs that are toxic for humans to ingest.
Slaughtering American horses for human consumption isn't humane, economically sustainable, or a civilized practice to condone. It's well past time that we end this predatory and profit-driven industry once and for all. To become victorious for the horses, it's imperative that civic action is deployed throughout the nation by contacting Congressional lawmakers.