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 horseâ€™s system. They say there is strong temptation to use steroids in a sport in which winners are decided by a nose.
H.R.1518 â€“ PAST Act
S.973 & H.R.2012 – Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current horses policy and wish to defeat H.R.1518 and S.973 & H.R.2012
I support prohibiting the sale, possession and trade of horseflesh for human consumption and wish to identify a legislator to reintroduce S.1176 – American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 (112th Congress 2011-2012)
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 H.R1518
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; and 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 S.973 & H.R.2012