Horse Transport Law Cards
York Horse Transport Law
Frequently Asked Questions
The issue of horse slaughter is about disposal, not rescue. Just as we do not slaughter our dogs and cats in this country to control overpopulation or to deal with the issue of abuse and neglect, nor should we slaughter our horses.
No. The EPN strongly believes that the auction in New Holland and any other horse auction must comply with all Federal, State and local applicable laws. Including but not limited to:
In addition the EPN believes that horse auctions should adhere to accepted equine industry management procedures.
Dealers and haulers attending these sales must also be in compliance with Federal, state and local animal health laws, motor vehicle and criminal codes.
Horse slaughter could end tomorrow, and the conditions at low end horse auctions will continue. The members of the horse industry that support these low-end auctions and dealers by the purchase of inexpensive tack, the purchase of horses from dealers who attend these sales, and the "rescue" of horses from these sales. Every person who attends a low end auction who witnesses suspected abuse, neglect, and or cruelty and who fails to take action.
Action to Take
The failure of state and federal department of agricultures to enforce their own laws and the failure on the part of citizens at these sales to report violations. The veterinarian community whom are in the employ of these auction houses to draw blood for required Coggins Tests and the failure of veterinarians called to treat horses purchased from these sales to report the crime(s) of neglect/abuse, and or their unwillingness to testify in court as an expert witness to the condition of the horse.
The unacceptable conditions at low end auctions include overcrowding, lack of water and hay, horses standing on concrete with no bedding, horses standing in urine and manure, injured horses left untreated, incompatible horses placed together in pens causing fights and injuries, blatant cruelty including the use of electric cattle prods, striking horses about the face with whips, chains and or boards, the acceptance and sale of horses that are sick, lame, injured or debilitated. In several states this is illegal.
No. Many horses purchased by "killer buyers" need to be euthanised. The EPN is not opposed to the horse's life ending, we are opposed to:
The EPN believes strongly in education and awareness. People in the horse industry must be made aware of the problem of neglect, abuse and slaughter. They must also be made aware of the anti-cruelty laws. Many in the industry do not know that it is illegal to sell a sick, injured or debilitated horse. Many do not know the law regarding burial of horses. Many owners are not aware of the fate of these horses once they are transported to these low end auctions and then sold.
On the other hand the EPN strongly believes in enforcement and prosecution of offenders. The problem is not with a lack of information on proper horse care. Magazines on horse care abound and can be found in the local grocery store. 4-H, pony clubs, tack shops & feed stores all have available informational booklets on horse care, often free. Libraries have books on horse care. Veterinarians are available to answer questions. Videotapes, training seminars and clinics abound. The Internet has information on horse care published by equine colleges, veterinarian organizations and other equine health and management experts. Information on the proper care of horses is available. The problem lies with the owner and their lack of one characteristic:
Cruelty to animals is a crime. A crime not to be excused due to "ignorance." When a person acquires a horse it is their responsibility to properly care for that horse. That includes educating themselves on the requirements of a horse!
If your child or elderly parent was losing weight & not doing well, what would you do?
The responsible thing to do would be to seek medical assistance. In horse cruelty cases owners do not do this. The excuse,
Unless of course the horse industry propose to have an "equine welfare" program where the public donates money to organizations that will disperse these funds to the indigent owners who insist on owning horses, yet cannot afford their care.
Are hardship cases involved in horse cruelty?
Horse Slaughter Does NOT Prevent Owners From Starving Horses
Horse slaughter does not prevent owners from starving their horses in their backyards.
Starvation is a long slow process. Owners who starve their horses do not one day decide to no longer feed and water their horses. If they did so, the horse would be dead within a week from dehydration. Instead the process is often tied to the seasons. The horses get fat in the summer when there is plenty of grass. During the winter or periods of drought, the horses drop weight.
Cruelty officers state that owners of neglected horses often make the statement,
"I love my horse."
OJ Simpson said he loved Nicole too.
In their experience cruelty officers have found that these people do not want to give up ownership of their "beloved" horse.
Upon inspection of the premises, law enforcement officers often discover that the owners have a myriad of other problems including child abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse and an overall problem with the maintenance of the property.
Emaciated and starving horses purchased at auctions have died within one day from starvation.
The option of slaughter did not prevent the horse's owner from starving the horse within days of dying. The process can take weeks, months, or years. The horse is suffering during this time. The option of sending the horse to slaughter is not preventing the owner from neglecting the horse.Enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and education will do more to prevent horses from starving to death in owners' backyards than will the option of horse slaughter.
If horse slaughter were illegal, responsible horse owners would comply voluntarily with the law.Pro-slaughter advocates have not researched cases of cruelty to horses. The proponents of slaughter as a means to prevent starvation have not interviewed law enforcement officers or studied cruelty cases to understand why these horses are being starved.
Cost of euthanasia is prohibitive to some horse owners.
Horses require new shoes every 4 to 6 weeks.
If owners cannot afford euthanasia, than owners cannot afford a horse.
The cost of euthanasia is part of horse ownership.
Horses are not inexpensive animals to own.
Horses become sick or injured.
I cannot afford to be in a car accident. But if I am in an accident, I will have to pay for my medical bills, the repairs to my car and for any property damage that I may have caused. These expenses are part of owning and driving a car.
Disposal of the Body
Horses die all the time and owners are able to remove the body either by burial, rendering, cremation, or disposal in a landfill.
Burial in cold regions:
If the horse cannot be buried due to the ground being frozen that would mean that people are not being buried either. The ground digs the same for a horse grave as it does a person's grave.
Owners of horses that die due to colic, a leading killer of horses, are able to dispose of the body. Owners do not tell their vets not to euthanise the horse that is dying of colic because they do not know how to dispose of the body. The horse is dying, whether the owner chooses to euthanise or not. Either way the owner is going to have to remove the body.
Responsible owners do not starve or abandon their horses, whether slaughter is legal or illegal. By stating that if slaughter became illegal, owners would starve their horses, is to embrace the theory that responsible people would now break the law by starving their horses because they could not, or would not pay $50.00 to $400.00 to have their horse euthanised and the carcass removed.