Horse Meat May Soon Be Available In The U.S.

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — With Congress quietly lifting a ban on the slaughter of horses, it means that horse meat may soon be available for purchase in the United States.

However, the outcry against lifting the ban is growing.  One of the leading opponents is People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA. 

PETA’s Ashley Byrne joins Mike Pintek to discuss why she feels that slaughtering horses is inhumane, and why we treat horses differently than cows, pigs, and other animals that are routinely slaughtered domestically for meat.

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  • jose

    maybe now Taco Bell will have more than 36% meat in it’s tacos…

  • Daniel Smoyer

    How is horse meat different from cow, pork, or any other animal. Mr Ed is comming to dinner.

    • James

      Are you refering to taste, DNA composition, color, morality, smell…? Because yes it is different. Have you ever heard of biology? dahhh whats the difference between a banana and an apple mommy? Mr ed is coming to dinner daddy, – its ok son, dont let the kids pick on you at school, you just tell them you’re special.

      • JP Gibb

        Wow, way to miss Daniel’s point. All things being equal (the animal is raised to be food, etc.) a horse is a pig is a cow.

        Pass the BBQ sauce.

  • BJ

    Wonder if the meat will be certified Halal approved???

  • Rick Springfield

    i doubt anyone will eat horse so the point is probably moot

  • Newt Gingrich

    Kentucky Derby winner prime cuts and chops are delicious!

  • Alicia

    The reason eating horsemeat is bad is because it is going to cost us tax payers $5 million to fund the USDA (which just had huge budget cuts) to inspect meat that is most likely tainted, because most horses (i know mine personally have had this) have had Bute (painkiller/inflammatory) which contains chemicals that are not to be used in animals for human consumption, not to mention the other meds and drugs our domestic PET horses get. However, the FDA hasn’t done any studies but the EU bans horses being slaughtered that have ever had Bute. Therefore we are funding tainted meat to be inspected, The meat will not be for our market, it will go to Europe and Japan, and both their markets are down 12% for horse meat demand. This is not a money making business for most that it will poorly effect, nor will it solve any issues because of the pro-slaughter legislators and ranchers that are planning to harvest their own stock which will be in 6 years because that is when a horse has the best meat production. A horse will cost more than what its meat will sell. Its pointless to treat it like cattle, unless they plan to harvest the Mustangs, which in that case goodbye to our Wild West Icon. Approx. 40,000 are in holding pens now. This is a vicious cycle that should be stopped and not allowed in this country. It is more inhumane that slaughtering cattle because of the build of a horse. The methods used are difficult to use in a horse because of where their brain is located and how it is practically impossible to get a one shot kill. Usually they have to take 3-4 shots maybe even more before the horse is unconscious but for a horse they may only be so for 30 seconds therefore they are awake the whole time during the bleed out process and the sawing off of their hooves and some of the cutting. This doesn’t even go over the horrible transportation methods and the abuse at the auctions, etc. The environmental impact a slaughter house has on the towns it occupies is negative with a drop in the local housing markets and loss of business. It’s been reported that the slaughter house in Kauffman, TX had residents complaining because they had horse blood and tissue in their water. Gross?

    • Billly

      Thanks for your research… What is your plan of action?

      • Alicia

        My first plan of action to call our Senators and State Reps. and ask them to Cosponsor and vote for the bills S.1176 for the Senate and HR. 2966 for the House/State Reps. Then most of us are coming up with great ideas to help get the population back in check. It’s basic economics 101, when the demand for something decreases then the supply should decrease as well. It’s simple supply and demand that the breeders aren’t adhering to because of their incentives to breed 100 horses and keep 2 and sell the rest to either individuals or slaughter houses, not only incentives from Registries like the AQHA but they get tax benefits too. It’s disgusting we are lining their pockets when they can’t even abide by the economy and demand. They are pushing slaughter to benefit themselves, and not the actual overpopulation of the horses in the country, if anything they add to it. If people don’t think that this doesn’t apply to them because they aren’t horsie people, they are mistaken. It is their taxes, just like us horsie people’s taxes, that are funding them and slaughter. The next plan of action is to out the PMU industry and their evils, they also need slaughter to function/those of us that by their by-product. The PMU industry is commonly known as Premarin and/or Prempro. The drug(s) are made from Pregnant Mare Urine, and they stand for 11 months (the whole pregnancy) strapped to a contraption that collects their urine. Then they are re-bred as soon as the foal is born. This is abuse and shouldn’t be allowed because there are alternative drugs that do better (and don’t have a connection to causing breast cancer). While these are being worked on we want to implement clinics to help people who may need to put a horse down or needs to get one castrated (gelded) and even put together food drive sort of things to help people feed their horse. Most people do not want to sell their horse and are forced to because of the economy, and some people are just ignorant and need educated. It takes a group of people to stand up for the right thing and that’s what we are doing.

    • Quip Petrosky


    • Confuscious

      Never put a gift horse in the mouth. No matter how delicious.

  • L. Mc

    There are many reasons why this is ttally wrong. Horses have a flight instinct that makes them hard to stun before the slaughtering process begins. Many are still conscious, there is the reaon of their meat containing drugs that is not ft for human consumption, & the environmental problems of disposing of the waste. Ever wonder why we don’t even want it in our dog food?

  • Michelle Howes-Stein

    I agree with Alicia 100%!!!!! What next?! Horses have HELPED man from the very beginning. They have carried us on their backs, they have got into battle with us. They continue to help us till this very day!! The many chemicals used on/in horses do remain in their system. FACT. And now they even mention using it in lunches at schools, etc….Sure glad I don’t have kids!! OH, and the whole idea that “this time” it’ll be regulated. I think that we’ve proved enough times already that anything we create will eventually get corrupt, so don’t trust that either. Shame on the government.

    • Alicia

      There is no way our USDA can stretch the funds to check every horse slaughtered. Awhile ago they tested Racehorses that just came off the track and 100% of them had one or more drugs that were not to be used in animals for human consumption. By the way the average time between their last race and being slaughter can be as few as 7-10 days. That makes the argument of 6 months invalid and probably never used. They want to feed this to our children at school.

  • nancy mcmillan

    No Way would I eat horsemeat. Especially not horses originating in the US.. US horses are not raised to be meat animals. They are commonly given all sorts of supplements, wormers, fly sprays, medicines etc that have not been tested for use on meat animals. They are also commonly given a prescribed pain reliever called “bute” that has been banned for use in food animals by the FDA. Even the dog food companies stopped using horse byproducts when the dogs started developing “unwanted consequences”. By the way, these consequences included death.
    In addition, horse slaughter cannot be conducted humanely. 5 short years ago, it WAS in the US and it was a massive FAIL. If you want to see how bad it was, go to for 902 pages of facts on exactly what went down. It isnt pretty. It wont be again.
    The bottom line is that slaughter is not conducted for any altruistic reason. It will not fix the economy, It will hot create millions of jobs- in fact it has been proven that live horses generate BILLIONS (yes, that is with a B) of dollars for the economy. LIve horses contribute nothing but pollution, tainted meat and increased crime. Want to learn more? Google “when horse slaughter comes to town”.

    • nancy mcmillan

      edited to add, Dead horses contribute nothing…(Live ones are good!)

      • Tom Cruze

        there’s a horse in Tijuana that is essential to the economy there. I recommend that show if you have the means.

      • nancy mcmillan

        Oh. You must be talking about Angelo Mozilo. He is a horse’s a$$

      • David Fist

        Not all live horses are good for the economy either, Nancy. For example, the horse that sold me a subprime mortgage.

  • Bruce Krause

    I love those prairie oysters!!!! YUM!

  • Bigandsmall

    Horsemeat IS different because horses are not raised to be food. The most common chemicals that are given to horses are potentially toxic to humans.

    Wanna eat those “Kentucky Derby winner prime cuts “? Better take out an insurance policy. A recent study of thoroughbreds that were tested in the kill lots had 100% of the medications that should not be given to animals intended for food.

  • Chuck Heston

    How about a nice bowl of soylent green instead??

  • Trigger


    • horsey

      my momma was a horse so der

  • Buttermilk

    SAY WHAT???

  • Mongo

    Straight from the horse’s mouth to my ears and now my lips and tummy.

  • Oprah

    I’m so hungry I could eat a horse, and now it seems I can.

    • Big Mama

      You go girl!

  • Wilbur

    A horse is a horse, of course, of course, but nobody orders four course of horse, unless that horse, four course of horse, is the famouse Mister Ed!!

  • Toledo Window Box

    did you hear the one about the horse who walked into the bar?
    the horse says “enjoy your lunch”!

  • Ahem!

    Next time someone says to you “my throat feels a little horse” they may actually feel as healthy as a horse and wearing a bib.

  • John Cleese

    YOU KIDS QUIT HORSING AROUND NOW AND GET IN HERE AND EAT YOUR HORSE! or you will get no dessert. I believe we are having ram’s spleen parfait.

  • America

    You know I bit into a dessert made of horse with no name.
    It tastes good, but they were out of the reins.

    • Big & Rich

      Save a horse! Eat a cowboy!

  • Chef Ramsey

    Remember the days when “HORSE OF THE YEAR” was not a culinary reference?

  • Johanna

    I like pizza pie. I like macaroni. But what i love is my first pony.

  • Mass N Gill

    I’ve eaten horseradish for years.

  • Rolling Stones

    Wild horses…………Coming right to my plate…….Wild horses………Gonna feed me this date

    • Chef Tell

      What’s the difference between a a good draft horse and a good draught horse?

      about 10 minutes on the grill

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