HSUS Pats Gov. Christi on the Back for Sighing Slaughter Legislation

The Humane Society of the United States Applauds Gov. Christie for Signing Bill Banning Horse Slaughter for Human Consumption

TRENTON, N.J. (HSUS)—The Humane Society of the United States applauds New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for signing A.2023, a bill that prohibits the slaughter of horses and sale of horse flesh for human consumption, bans the sale of horse meat or products derived from slaughtered horses and bans the transport of horse meat or live horses for the purpose of slaughter.

“The Humane Society of the United States is delighted that Governor Christie protected New Jersey horses by signing A.2023 into law,” said Kathleen Schatzmann, The HSUS’ New Jersey state director. “The horse is New Jersey’s state animal and an American icon. We are grateful that Governor Christie agrees with 80 percent of Americans that slaughtering horses for human consumption is cruel, inhumane and plain wrong.”

A.2023 was championed by Assemblyman Ronald Dancer, R-Cream Ridge and Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak, D-Union.

“New Jersey is taking the lead on this issue to make sure horses aren’t taken from the pasture to the plate,” Assemblyman Dancer said in a press release.

“Slaughtering horses for food is just not right,” said Sen. Lesniak. “This legislation will stop the trafficking of horses from New Jersey to inhumane slaughterhouses.”

In 2005, Congress temporarily ended the domestic slaughter of American horses by voting to stop funding inspections of horse slaughter plants. However, Congress omitted this defunding language from last year’s Department of Agriculture spending bill, thereby opening the door for horse slaughter to return to the U.S. Once this funding was reinstated, pro-slaughter advocates began attempting to bring this brutal and unnecessary industry back to U.S. soil.

Currently, the U.S. Congress is considering the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, S. 1176/H.R. 2966, which would ban the slaughter of horses (including export for slaughter in other countries). The bill currently has 165 cosponsors in the U.S. House and 26 in the U.S. Senate.


  • More than 100,000 American horses are exported for slaughter each year, mainly for consumption in Europe and Asia.
  • The slaughter pipeline is horribly cruel, with many of the horses suffering immensely during transport and the misguided and often repeated attempts to render them unconscious. USDA has documented the abuse and misery horses suffered at slaughterhouses in the U.S. before the last remaining plants closed in 2007.
  • Virtually all the horses used for meat spend most of their lives as work, competition or sport horses, companion animals or wild horses.
  • During their lives, horses who end up at slaughter are given a constant regimen of drugs and other substances which are either illegal for food animals, or are potentially dangerous to people who eat them.

2 comments for “HSUS Pats Gov. Christi on the Back for Sighing Slaughter Legislation

  1. John
    September 25, 2012 at 4:36 am

    The anti slaughter always forget one thing, PROPERTY RIGHTS. Horses are
    personal property, the owner has the right to market his horses as he sees fit.
    Calves are cute just like baby lambs, if you chose to eat veal or lamb chops
    you can buy them. Just when did America get so smart that we can tell the
    world what they can eat.

    There is meat inspections in the world that detect forbiben drugs making
    horse meat safe to eat. Yet anti slaughter keep saying all horses have had
    BUTE at some time in their life. There is absolutely NO PROOF of that all
    horses have been given BUTE. Some continue to say horses suffer repeated
    attempts to render them unconscious. That is a remark that is exaggerated and also not true. All plants in Canada and America under the watchful eye of
    the CFIA and USDA make sure this does not happen. Slaughter of any animal is not
    pretty or perfect. There are mistakes made in all livestock slaughter.

    The anti slaughter again single out only horses by saying the pipeline to slaughter is cruel. This is also night true, under the watchful eye of USDA/APHIS
    it is their job to make sure that horses are handled and transported humanely.
    Again the anti slaughter use very old pictures of injured horses at plants. Most
    of these pictures are 10 to 20 years old. The ones posting them should provide the date they were taken, When the plants in America were open the USDA/APHIS inspector
    reported that in the last 5 years it was mostly paperwork mistakes and NOT INJURIES.

    Here is an article about personal property rights. I am sure someone will challange the unconstutional bill that just passed in New Jersey.


    • admin
      September 25, 2012 at 6:50 am

      Animal crfuelty laws trump personal property issues every time.

      The Editor

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