The Cruel and Unnecessary Fate for Horses

America’s last horse slaughterhouse was shuttered in 2007. So it may surprise you that an estimated 90,000 to 140,000 of America’s horses are slaughtered annually. Some of these horses are euthanized because of their body condition, but most are “unwanted” and auctioned off to meat buyers who transport them under brutally inhumane conditions to rendering plants in Mexico or Canada.

In 1998, a quarter horse named Pete was headed for slaughter when he became the first horse to be rescued by our founder, Jerry Finch. That was the beginning of Habitat for Horses. Since then, in addition to our rescue and rehabilitation operations, we have actively engaged in the fight to end horse slaughter.

We invite you to learn more.


Take Action

Check out our current advocacy effort here. You may also want to consider a brief, polite call to your two U.S. senators and your U.S. representative. Look up your senators’ phone numbers here and your state representative here. Then, send a follow-up note. We encourage you to add your own thoughts about horse slaughter in the message builder.

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