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Ferdinand was a racehorse that won 29 starts and earned close to 4 million, retiring what was then, in 1989, the fifth leading money winner of all time.  The public first learned about Ferdinand when the original owners that owned and bred the horse inquired about having the horse returned to the United States.  To read the full story, please see horsehats

    Horse meat is not eaten in the United States.  It is exported overseas to a specialty market.  The largest markets are France, Belgium, Holland, Japan, and Italy.  There are three horse slaughter plants in the US, and they are foreign owned.  There is an ongoing political debate as to what the US should do with them.

Most horses that are destined for slaughter are sold at livestock auctions or sales.  The cruelty of horse slaughter is not limited to the selling of horses to be killed.  Horses bound for slaughter are shipped, often for long distances, in a manner that fails to accommodate their needs.  They are not rested, fed, or watered.  Economics dictate the conditions, including crowding as many horses into a truck as possible.

To read about how horses are slaughtered, please check the HSUS, Just Say Whoa!, Equine Advocates, Hoofpac, and the ASPCA.

All breeds of horses are slaughtered, as well as all ages.  Foals who are a byproduct of PMU mares, surplus riding school and camp horses, race horses that are not winning, ponies, mules, donkeys, etc.  Many of the horses owned by FFI, HSUS, CANTER and USERL are either donated or purchased for only a few hundred dollars.

While euthanizing a horse is unnecessary in these predicaments, it is much more humane.  What FFI is here to support is the donating of horses to those who would enjoy training a horse for a career in professional dressage or jumping, as well as trail riding and companionship.  Just as it is with dogs and cats, slowing the over breeding of horses of both sport and pleasure horses is crucial, as it would stifle the number of horses that go to auction, and would slow the industry so it is no longer profitable.



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