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US Equine Slaughter Shifted To Mexico & Canada

Wednesday, 6th July 2011

A government study “has determined that US horses are being slaughtered in Canada & Mexico at nearly the same rates as they were in the US before US slaughterhouses were halted in 2007” reported bloodhorse.com. The report finds current US policy “to be flawed & its recommendations gave a foothold to both supporters of allowing equine slaughter in the US & those who favour stricter laws aimed at ending equine export for slaughter”. The Government Accountability Office determined that in 2010 137,984 horses were shipped to Canada & Mexico for slaughter, up slightly from 2006 figures (the last full year equine slaughter took place in the US); the report said 137,688 domestic horses were slaughtered in 2006 (104,899 in the US & 32,789 after export). In 2007, the US Congress halted federal funding to inspect horse slaughterhouses, “effectively prohibiting domestic slaughter”. The GAO report suggests the policy “has not solved the problem & outlined options that could pave the way for a monumental fight on the issue. It recommends that equine slaughter either be allowed in the US under policies similar to its ending in 2007 or a strengthening of current policies”. To read the full report, click on the link in The Great Debate panel on the right-hand-side of this page.

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