While there may be no active horse slaughter plants currently operating in the United States, that doesn’t mean U.S. horses don’t wind up being slaughtered for their meat. Horses are routinely transported from locations within the United States to Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered for human consumption. There is nothing illegal in this activity.
Horsemeat is eaten in many countries, including France, Belgium, China, and Japan. Should American horses ever be sent to foreign soil to be slaughtered for human consumption? While some foreign countries find dog and cat meat on their menus, we don’t ship our unwanted cats and dogs to slaughterhouses across our borders. Why then are we shipping our horses? What makes it okay to slaughter one animal for food and not another?
Actually it’s never okay to slaughter an animal for food. Whether in this country or across our borders, no animal should lose his or her life merely to satisfy someone’s taste buds. A vegan diet does not involve the diner in the fear, pain, and death of another living, breathing, sentient being. Celebrate life, not death, with the food on your plate. Because, when you think about it…horses aren’t the only animals who aren’t safe anywhere.