The Prevention Of Equine Cruelty Act Is Reintroduced.

Saved from slaughter.

Cloud and Mr. Bean, saved from slaughter.

Photo by Emily Murdoch

All block-quoted material below is courtesy of the Americans Against Horse Slaughter website.

As always, you can help make a difference for America’s horses. Please read on to learn important new information concerning HR503, the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008.

 Americans Against Horse Slaughter is a non-funded, grassroots movement comprised of supporters of a federal ban on the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. More about us



January 15th, 2009

The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (HR503) was introduced on Wednesday by House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) andRepresentative Dan Burton (R-IN).  The bill which will ban horse slaughter and the transport of horses to slaughter for human consumption was first introduced in the summer of 2008.  While it had strong bipartisan support and passed out of the Judiciary Committee, time ran out for the 110thCongress.

The swift introduction of HR503 to the 111th Congress indicates just how committed Chairman Conyers is to ending horse slaughter and the brutal conditions surrounding this practice.  HR503 already has 60 co-sponsors in the House and has strong bipartisan support.


“The horse is an American icon, and it is a betrayal of our responsibility to these animals to treat them like cheap commodities and send them across our borders for slaughter”, said Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States.


Although the last remaining horse slaughter plants operating in the US were shut down in 2007, the practice continues by transporting our horses to Canada and Mexico where they are brutally slaughtered and their meat is shipped overseas as a delicacy in Europe and Asia.

“There are naysayers who claim we should reopen the US plants rather than seek to ban all horse slaughter.  Clearly, they’ve already forgotten how awful the plants here were,” said Chris Heyde, Deputy Director of Government and Legal Affairs for the Animal Welfare Institute.

Americans Against Horse Slaughter is a non funded, grassroots movement comprised of supporters of a federal ban on the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. People from all walks of life and from all parts of the country have joined together to form AAHS. “We have no other agenda, other than to stop the slaughter of American horses. This should not be a political issue but one of humanity,” said Shelley Abrams, one of the co-founders of AAHS. 

To join the movement and help end the suffering of hundreds of thousands of American horses or for more information, please join

4 Responses

  1. Emily,

    You belong to such a wonderful organization. I checked out the site. I didn’t join now only because I belong to other groups, and unfortunately, my energies can only go in so many directions.

    But please always keep me aware of any petitions to sign. I’ll do whatever little I can to help our horses.

  2. Thanks Tasha. : )

    You’ve hit on a common theme amongst us rescuers — you can’t rescue them all, but you do what you can. Hopefully a bunch of people do a little bit, and all added up, it makes a difference for these horses.

    I’ll be sure to keep you updated on any petitions and such. : )


  3. Great blog and hope to have some time soon to come back and read more!

  4. Thank you, Rider.

    : )


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