'Project Wanted Horse' Helps Man And Horse

This year, as a humanitarian effort, the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) and the Aminal Welfare Institute (AWI) launched 'Project Wanted Horse," assuring that any horse rescued from slaughter or an abuse situation would be placed on one of 94,000 NBFA farms across the country. Del Camino Equestrian Enterprises Inc., which takes a very special interest in "senior" horses has honored the NFBA its 2008 Best Humane Business Innovation Award for its commitment to senior horses.

Though the average horse has a life span of 20 to 40 years, depending on his breed and health history, working horses in industries such as horse racing and other competitions, ranching, professional riding instruction, and others are retired at the age of 12 to 15 years. Do you think these horses still go to pasture?

If their offspring can command big money, some retirees will go to pasture... but only for awhile. Congress passed a bill in 2006 to ban slaughter in the US., but In today's horse "business," the profitable path is taken-- about 100,000 "retired" horses per year are sold to Canadian or Mexican slaughter houses, for use as food export products.

The "justification?" The slaughter industry says that it can't find good homes for the horses.

With its Project Wanted Horse, the AWI promises to find rescued horses good homes and to provide shelter, food, and veterinary care, allowing each horse to live out his remaining years as a loved and valuable adopted horse. AWI will administer Project Wanted Horse.

There are ways that you can help to keep these 100,000 horses per year from crossing US borders for slaughter. One way is to support a new bill which is stalled in Congress now. The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008 (H.R. 6598 ) prohibits the slaughter of American horses for human consumption and their export for slaughter in other countries. The Humane Society of the United States has information on the legislation, the sponsors, and supporters of the Bill and contacts you can make here.

Note: H.R. 6598 contains some graphic descriptions that you may not want to read. Most animal lovers don't need to read things in graphic detail to know what is happening; often they imagine as much as they need to.

Resources: Del Camino Equestrian Enterprises Inc, National Black Farmers Association, Animal Welfare Institute Press Release; Humane Society of the United States Photo Credit: NAL

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Oct 18, 2008
by Anonymous

Not Factual situations from Pro slaughter Groups

In 2004 there were only 42,000 horses slaughter in the US. The increase of the so called 100,000 is due to the cost of there lobbyist and lawyers they needed to keep operating illegal in Texas. There secret was out and needed more horses to pay for there future existance. There plant in Mexico Beltex also owned the plant in Fort Worth. They had remained open in case the Texas Plants were shut down. Processing in mexico was low because the AVMA,USDA,AAEP all knew horse slaughter was far more inhumane. These Organizations pushed to keep the plants in the US. They broke there own oaths to protect the horses due to the many exposures of Double Decker Usage and Over Turn Trailers where many horses were injured and died. To see these facts visit www.SaveDaHorses.org To date not one of these organizations have set funds for the retirement or to assist any rescues that help the horses. We at SaveDaHorses have created a program to help many rescues every month we are commited to continuing the funds to Rescues thru out the US & Canada. We call this program the Top Ten Rescues for Donations please visit our site and play a part in our goals to reward rescues with the funds they so much need to protect horses from abuse,neglect, and changes of going to slaughter for the all mighty buck.

Oct 18, 2008
by Anonymous

Please correct your info!

Your article states that the 100,000 horses sent to Canada and Mexico are 'retired' - by USDA stats, 92% of the horses sent to slaughter are around 7 years old, sound, good weight, and no behaviorial problems. Horse slaughter is greed driven and totally inhumane. The ONLY humane means to end a horse's life is euthanasia, not butchered while conscious/alive while hanging by a chain attached to one hind leg.

God bless the NBFA, the AWI, and all the other organizations, and horse welfarests that are fighting against the big ag and cattlemen assc. that line the pockets of those legislators that are allowing this blood-letting crime to continue by not passing the needed bills to save our horses.

If big breed assc like the AQHA, NTBA would stop their 'puppy-mill breeding approach' to thier members and backyard breeders would go for quality rather than quantity - the horses wouldn't be in such danger from those without a conscience.

The day of reckoning is coming............

Oct 19, 2008
by Anonymous

Horse slaughter

The average horse slaughter age is 2 to 10. Mostly Quarer Horses, beacause people are incouraged to over breed by the AQHA. Stop the Over Breeding.
Young healthy horses being butchered ALIVE every day....this is a disgrace and needs to stop.