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Jan. 26, 2006

A couple things I was thinking about concerning this not-so-large controversey (there are only 3 horse slaughtering plants in the entire country).

This is probably why no one seems to know how many horses are slaughtered in the United States each year. I have seen numbers from 50,000 to 100,000 quoted in news stories, Web sites, and other sources. The high end estimates usually come from the anti-slaughter advocates and lower ones from slaughter supporters.

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture had a 2004 Livestock Report available here. (Ctrl+F “equine,” its a 103-page PDF). It states 66,183 horses were inspected for slaughter in 2004. Right in the middle of the extremes. And to be expected certainly.

The Fund4Horses actually reported these statistics accurately. The USDA livestock reports going back to 1994 can be seen here. And reports going all the way back to 1964 are available as well.

2005 is not yet available online, I asked them for it, they said they’d get back to me in 5 days.

Common horse sense

It appears that commonhorsesense.com is still owned by one John Linebarger, a Fort Worth attorney known to represent Bel Tex Corp., the Fort Worth horse slaughterhouse.

Both Whois.net and InterNIC state that the domain expires on April 30. So in case you didn’t already realize it, facts are hard to discern in this debate because each side is so vehement in their arguments.

Next update

I read that by allowing commerical inspections (i.e. slaughterhouses paying for the inspections themselves) that they would be violating the Federal Meat Inspections Act. I wonder if that’s true. The opinion pieece linked above on the number ‘100,000’ is where I read it. The writer says that the law allows inspections performed and funded by the USDA only. I aim to find out.


1. Mark Stevens - July 26, 2006

The fact of the matter is that if horse slaughter is banned in this country, the horses will simply be shipped to Mexico and will be slaughtered there under much worse circumstances than they are now. Horses are food for millions of people. They always have been and always will be. Breeders continue to produce them at prodigious rates with no concern for their futures. It is not the fault of the slaughter houses for filling a need. It is the fault of the breeders. What else do you do with 75,000 unwanted horses every year? In many countries eating pork is repulsive, but do we care? Millions of pigs are slaughtered every year in this country and no one seems to mind. And I might add that a pig is every bit as intelligent as a horse, maybe more so. It’s all just a money grab by the breeders looking for the next Secretariat.

2. dr. gonzo - July 30, 2006

The Horse Slaughter Prevention Act makes transport of horses for slaughter illegal as well. It would be against the law to ship horses to Mexico, or anywhere else for that matter, for slaughter. Have you even read the bill?

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