The slaughter of horses is a controversial issue for many around the world. Horses are seen as intelligent, hard-working animals and show the ability to form relationships with their owners. Horse meat is also considered a nutritious animal protein that is under-utilized in today’s global society.
90% of horses that are sent for slaughter are in good condition and have the capacity to live productive lives.
It has been shown that horse slaughter bans actually reduce the homelessness of the horse population. Abuse and neglect statistics are also reduced when a ban is in place. When California banned the slaughter of horses in 1998, horse theft was reduced by over 33%.