“Veterinarians for Equine Welfare” Oppose Horse Slaughter and the Horse Meat Industry

Despite overwhelming public support for legislation to outlaw horse slaughter and horse meat for human consumption in the United States, the two most prominent veterinary trade associations–the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)–are persistent and vocal in their opposition to any such legislation.

I knew the AVMA and AAEP did not speak for all veterinarians, but where are the voices of veterinarians opposed to horse slaughter and the horse meat industry?

Veterinarians for Equine Welfare” is a group developed by veterinarians

as a resource to educate other veterinarians, animal health professionals and horse owners about the options available for day-to-day proper treatment of horses, and to provide humane information and options to those who can no longer care for (or must end the lives of) their horses.  The website is also a forum to inform other veterinarians, horse owners, politicians and the American public about the truth behind horse slaughter.

The organization’s website has links to resources for horse owners considering “end-of-life” options for their horses, including a good overview of options for disposition of the body, including cremation, burial and rendering.  I personally cannot get my mind around rendering, but that is one option offered for disposition of the body. 

Most horses in the United States either die a natural death or are euthanized by a veterinarian.  One report I read stated that many of the remains end up in landfills.  

Is it true that most horse remains end up in landfills?  

How do most people deal with disposition of a horse’s body?  


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