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Americans do not raise horses for human consumption as some other nations do. However, more than 100,000 American horses are annually transported to Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered for European consumption, where horsemeat is considered a delicacy. Because of the lack of disclosure on the part of slaughterhouse dealers, horses are often acquired and slaughtered through fraud and misrepresentation. Slaughter also provides a quick and evidence-free outlet for stolen horses. These animals are often subjected to extremely cruel transport and euthanasia conditions. In the past 20 years, more than 3 million American horses have met their fate this way.

Aside from being eaten, these magnificent animals face other kinds of cruelty including abuse and doping. Sometimes show and performing horses are abused by soring, which is the practice of pouring caustic chemicals, cutting or otherwise abusing a horse's front hooves and lower legs to induce an accentuated high step. The gait, known as the "big lick," is prized at Tennessee walking horse competitions. Race horses are sometimes given drugs, including anabolic steroids to run faster and longer. Advocates claim hard-to-detect steroids are a threat to the integrity of this sport because their effects, including an increase in muscle mass, can persist long after the substance has left the horse’s system. They say there is strong temptation to use steroids in a sport in which winners are decided by a nose.


Pending Legislation:
S.1121 - Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2015 or PAST Act
H.R.2641 - Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2015



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current horse treatment policy and wish to defeat S.1121 - PAST Act or H.R.2641 - Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support prohibiting the sale, possession and trade of horseflesh for human consumption and wish to either reintroduce S.1176 - American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 (112th Congress 2011-2012), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committee of Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support licensing, training, assigning, and overseeing persons who are work for horse shows, exhibitions, sales, or auctions to detect and diagnose sore horses or otherwise inspect horses at such events; prohibiting showing, exhibiting, selling, or auctioning a Tennessee Walking, a Racking, or a Spotted Saddle horse with an action device or a weighted shoe, pad, wedge, hoof band, or other device or material if it is constructed to artificially alter the gait of such horses and is not strictly protective or therapeutic, and wish to pass S.1121 - PAST Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. John Thune (SD) and/or Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support allowing the Office of National Drug Control Policy to serve as the independent anti-doping organization with responsibility for developing rules regarding substances, methods, and treatments that may and may not be administered to a horse participating in such a race; excluding from participation in any such race any person who is determined to have violated such a rule or who is subject to a suspension from horse racing activities by any state racing commission, and wish to pass H.R.2641 - Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Fred Upton (MI) and/or Rep. Joseph Pitts (PA), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support prohibiting the sale, possession and trade of horseflesh for human consumption and wish to either reintroduce S.1176 - American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 (112th Congress 2011-2012), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committee of Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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