U.S. Horse Slaughter Export Numbers 1989-2020

2020

Slaughter Horses Exported to Canada6919
Slaughter Horses Exported to Mexico28653
TOTAL35572

2019

Slaughter Horses Exported to Canada10486
Slaughter Horses Exported to Mexico53947
TOTAL64433

2018

Slaughter Horses Exported to Canada10568
Slaughter Horses Exported to Mexico70708
TOTAL81294

2017

Slaughter Horses Exported to Canada12273
Slaughter Horses Exported to Mexico67289
TOTAL79562

2016

Slaughter Horses Exported to Canada29481
Slaughter Horses Exported to Mexico78939
TOTAL108420

2015

Slaughter Horses Exported to Canada40670
Slaughter Horses Exported to Mexico84938
TOTAL125608

2014

Slaughter Horses Exported to Canada40410
Slaughter Horses Exported to Mexico105375
TOTAL145785

2013

Slaughter Horses Exported to Canada42102
Slaughter Horses Exported to Mexico102554
TOTAL144656

2012

Slaughter Horses Exported to Canada55781
Slaughter Horses Exported to Mexico110791
TOTAL166572

2011

Slaughter Horses Exported to Canada59743
Slaughter Horses Exported to Mexico67782
TOTAL127525

2010

Slaughter Horses Exported to Canada53803
Slaughter Horses Exported to Mexico52862
TOTAL106665

2009

Slaughter Horses Exported to Canada52405
Slaughter Horses Exported to Mexico46098
TOTAL98503

2008

Slaughter Horses Exported to Canada42232
Slaughter Horses Exported to Mexico56731
TOTAL98963

NOTE: Since 2007, federal appropriation bills have effectively banned horse slaughter in the United States by denying the funding for slaughterhouse inspections necessary for human consumption.

Under the Federal Meat Inspection Act of 1906 (FMIA), USDA inspection is mandatory to sell meat in interstate or foreign commerce.

So you will see in the tables below that the number of horses slaughtered on U.S. soil dropped from 101,123 in 2006 to 28,902 in 2007 and subsequently declined to zero.


2007

Slaughter Horses Exported to Canada32452
Slaughter Horses Exported to Mexico45609
Horses Slaughtered in the U.S.28902
TOTAL106963

2006

Slaughter Horses Exported to Canada21709
Slaughter Horses Exported to Mexico11080
Horses Slaughtered in the U.S.101123
TOTAL133912

2005

Slaughter Horses Exported to Canada17324
Slaughter Horses Exported to Mexico7821
Horses Slaughtered in the U.S.86504
TOTAL111649

2004

Slaughter Horses Exported to Canada19725
Slaughter Horses Exported to Mexico4114
Horses Slaughtered in the U.S.60078
TOTAL83917

2003

Slaughter Horses Exported to Canada21434
Slaughter Horses Exported to Mexico818
Horses Slaughtered in the U.S.48377
TOTAL70629

2002

Slaughter Horses Exported to Canada25219
Slaughter Horses Exported to Mexico774
Horses Slaughtered in the U.S.40407
TOTAL66400

2001

Slaughter Horses Exported to Canada28490
Slaughter Horses Exported to Mexico245
Horses Slaughtered in the U.S.51080
TOTAL79815

2000

Slaughter Horses Exported to CanadaNDA
Slaughter Horses Exported to MexicoNDA
Horses Slaughtered in the U.S.40324
TOTAL40324

1999

Slaughter Horses Exported to CanadaNDA
Slaughter Horses Exported to MexicoNDA
Horses Slaughtered in the U.S.62813
TOTAL62813

1998

Slaughter Horses Exported to CanadaNDA
Slaughter Horses Exported to MexicoNDA
Horses Slaughtered in the U.S.72120
TOTAL72120

1997

Slaughter Horses Exported to CanadaNDA
Slaughter Horses Exported to MexicoNDA
Horses Slaughtered in the U.S.88086
TOTAL88086

1996

Slaughter Horses Exported to CanadaNDA
Slaughter Horses Exported to MexicoNDA
Horses Slaughtered in the U.S.113399
TOTAL113399

1995

Slaughter Horses Exported to CanadaNDA
Slaughter Horses Exported to MexicoNDA
Horses Slaughtered in the U.S.112677
TOTAL112677

1994

Slaughter Horses Exported to CanadaNDA
Slaughter Horses Exported to MexicoNDA
Horses Slaughtered in the U.S.109353
TOTAL109353

1993

Slaughter Horses Exported to CanadaNDA
Slaughter Horses Exported to MexicoNDA
Horses Slaughtered in the U.S.167310
TOTAL167310

1992

Slaughter Horses Exported to CanadaNDA
Slaughter Horses Exported to MexicoNDA
Horses Slaughtered in the U.S.246400
TOTAL246400

1991

Slaughter Horses Exported to CanadaNDA
Slaughter Horses Exported to MexicoNDA
Horses Slaughtered in the U.S.276900
TOTAL276900

1990

Slaughter Horses Exported to CanadaNDA
Slaughter Horses Exported to MexicoNDA
Horses Slaughtered in the U.S.345700
TOTAL345700

1989

Slaughter Horses Exported to CanadaNDA
Slaughter Horses Exported to MexicoNDA
Horses Slaughtered in the U.S.348400
TOTAL348400

NDA: No Data Available

Sources: USDA Market Reports; National Agricultural Statistics Service/USDA; AgriFood-Agriculture Canada/StatCan; Statistics Canada; Animal Welfare Institute

Chuckwagon Racing — Arkansas

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CHUCKWAGON RACE (Arkansas)

Background Article

“Attending the annual National Championship Chuckwagon Races in Clinton is like entering a time warp, or stepping into an old Western movie, surrounded by horses and mules rattling by in wagons and buggies or racing across natural landscapes,” writes Jennifer Nixon in an article entitled, “Chuck wagon races give a taste of the old days” for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Sept. 3, 2015.

It started 30 years ago as a simple Labor Day party that Bar of Ranch owners Dan and Peggy Eoff held for friends. Dan added a chuck wagon race as a little something extra to entertain their guests.

That something extra has grown over the years to a multi-day outdoor, cowboy-style event that welcomes around 20,000 people and more than 5,000 horses and mules to the ranch.

The event goes well beyond the chuck wagon races, with bronc riding, a mule race and evening concerts. They also host a variety of equine-related clinics and workshops, trail rides and a western trade show.

Another highlight is the horseback Snowy River Race with two downhill runs and a plunge in the Little Red River.

As for Eoff’s favorite, she’s partial to the bronc fanning — an event in which a rider tries to calm a bucking horse.

“There is just something about watching those cowboys get on the bucking horses out in the middle of the pasture makes me think about how it was done that way back in the old days.”

Labor Day Weekend 2015

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/BENJAMIN KRAIN Chuckwagon driver Allen Fuller with the team County Line Bunch from Perry leaps from his wagon Friday as it tips on a sharp turn during the 30th Annual National Championship Chuckwagon Race in Clinton.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/BENJAMIN KRAIN Chuckwagon driver Allen Fuller with the team County Line Bunch from Perry leaps from his wagon Friday as it tips on a sharp turn during the 30th Annual National Championship Chuckwagon Race in Clinton.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/BENJAMIN KRAIN Chuckwagon driver watches as horses are crushed as his wagon turns over in the 30th Annual National Championship Chuckwagon Race in Clinton.

Labor Day Weekend 2019

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/THOMAS METTHE 8/30/2019 Members of the Rockin’ n Rollin’ team of Russellville race through the turn in the Classic division of the National Championship Chuckwagon Races on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, in Clinton.

Labor Day Weekend 2020

Aug. 29 – Sep. 6, 2020 | Bar of Ranch in Clinton, Arkansas | 2484 Shake Rag Road, Clinton | $35 adults, $20 Sunday admission | 501-745-8407

See https://chuckwagonraces.com/

Horse slaughter and horse meat production worldwide — Introduction

March 2020

By JANE ALLIN

MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER — According to the most recent data (2018) from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), horse meat production spans the globe and is a multi-million-dollar business in terms of imports and exports across borders.[1]

The data taken from the FAO statistical database, in general, have been supplied by governments via national publications and FAO questionnaires (paper or electronic). To provide more comprehensive coverage of this data collection, official data have sometimes been supplemented with data from unofficial sources as well as information supplied by other national or international agencies.[2]

Where horse slaughter and horse meat production are concerned the data relate to horses slaughtered within national boundaries, irrespective of their origin. Moreover, all data shown relate to total meat production from both commercial and farm slaughter.[3]

Despite the availability of wide-ranging information on horse slaughter and horse meat production around the world, there are some discrepancies with the data, presumably due to estimates based on prior years, calculated data, as well as imputation data. Imputation data refers to replacing missing data with substituted values using an appropriate imputation methodology.

With respect to horse slaughter and meat production the FAO fails to recognize that since fiscal year 2006, Congress has annually prohibited the use of federal funds to inspect horses destined for food, effectively prohibiting domestic slaughter in the U.S. As a result, the slaughter market has shifted to Canada and Mexico.

According to the FAO, 29,275 tonnes of horse meat, from 114,314 slaughtered horses, were produced in the U.S. in 2018. This of course is inexplicable as horse slaughter (for human consumption) has been effectively shut down since 2007. However, Bravo Packing Inc. in Penns Grove, New Jersey (not to be confused with Bravo! pet food) was, and still is, according to some sources, slaughtering horses to be sold to zoos to feed big cats and other carnivores.

Bravo Packing has a disreputable history of shocking animal abuse; you can read more about Bravo Packing here.

In 2012, Governor Christie signed a state law banning horse slaughter for human consumption in the Garden State however Bravo opted to exploit the unfortunate loophole in the ban which fails to include the slaughter of horses in order to feed animals rather than humans.

Since horse slaughter and horse meat production unrelated to human consumption in the US likely represents a very small total relative to other countries that slaughter horses for meat, these figures have been left out of the data used to create the charts and tables that follow.

As a final point, the FAO data does not differentiate between horse meat production intended for human consumption, from that which may be destined for pet food products or to feed exotic zoo animals. Nonetheless these data give an overview of the magnitude of horse slaughter and horse meat production on a global basis.

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[1] http://www.fao.org/faostat
[2] http://fenixservices.fao.org/faostat/static/documents/QL/QL_methodology_e.pdf
[3] http://www.fao.org/faostat/en/#data/QL


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Horse slaughter and horse meat production — A global perspective »

Top 10 countries ranked by horses slaughtered and horse meat production — 2018 »

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