A recent Lake Research Partners survey conducted among Iowa voters confirms that an overwhelming majority of Iowans disapprove of horse slaughter for human consumption and would oppose a horse slaughter facility opening in Iowa. The data makes it clear that allowing a horse slaughter plant to open in Iowa would go against public opinion. Opposition to horse slaughter for human consumption in Iowa is broad and deep, extending across every demographic, regional, and partisan group.More than seven in ten registered Iowa voters (71%) disapprove of allowing horses to be slaughtered for human consumption. (Click here to view the research study findings.)
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa also disapproves of horse slaughter and opposes a horse slaughter facility opening in Iowa. The Iowa Coalition to Protect Horses & Communities recently published a fact sheet which lists important findings to support this stance. (Click here to view the full fact sheet.)
- Horse slaughter plants are economic and environmental nightmares for the communities that host them.
These plants pollute local water, decrease property values, permeate the air with a foul stench, drain local economies, and damage the environment. The last three horse slaughter plants in the U.S. offered only a few low-income, dangerous jobs that did nothing to bolster local economies.
- U.S. horsemeat is dangerous to humans because of the unregulated administration of numerous toxic substances to horses over the course of their lives.
In the U.S., horses are raised and treated as companion animals, not as food-producing animals.
- A horse slaughter plant puts Iowa’s agricultural reputation at risk.
The recent horsemeat scandal in Europe, where tainted horsemeat was found in products mislabeled as beef, shows us what may happen here in the U.S. if horsemeat becomes comingled in meat products.
- Horse neglect and abandonment cannot logically be attributed to the closure of U.S slaughter plants because the number of U.S. horses sent to slaughter has not decreased since domestic slaughter ceased in 2007.
Horses are still being sent to slaughter, across our borders in Canada and Mexico. The slaughter option still exists, so any increase in neglect or abandonment can only be attributed to other economic factors.
- Horse slaughter, whether in U.S. or foreign plants, was never and cannot be humane due to the nature of the industry and the unique biology of horses.
Slaughter is a brutal and terrifying end for horses and is not humane. Horses are shipped for more than 24 hours at a time without food, water, or rest in crowded trucks in which the animals are often seriously injured or killed in transit.
- There are several better ways to address homeless horse issues.
We can limit overbreeding, provide shelter, and expand adoption work.
- Horse slaughter enables and perpetuates overbreeding, neglect, and irresponsibility.
Horse slaughter is not a solution; it only perpetuates the breeding of more horses.
- Subsidizing horse slaughter cruelty will divert precious financial resources away from American products and food safety.
The authority to fund horse slaughter inspections was restored last year, and the USDA has been asked to process horse slaughter applications to provide inspection of horse slaughter facilities.