“The pending approval of the first domestic horse slaughter plant underscores the urgency of Congressional action," said Meehan. "This legislation has bipartisan, bicameral support. It's time for Congress to act to ban horse slaughter."
“We are all humbled to be standing in the presence of the magnificent horses that make up the Philadelphia Police Department’s Mounted Police Unit," said Chris Heyde, deputy director of government and legal affairs for the Animal Welfare Institute. "These horses—some of whom were rescued from slaughter—are hooves-on-the-ground proof that the overwhelming majority of horses going to slaughter are full of life and have value to provide the community. Surely we can provide them a second chance; we owe them that for all they have given us.”
“The overwhelming majority of Americans are intensely opposed to the cruel practice of horse slaughter, and we thank the sponsors of the SAFE Act for their efforts to not only protect public health, but also safeguard our nation’s equines, said Carolyn Schnurr, federal legislative manager of ASPCA Government Relations, "This predatory industry is actively trying to establish horse slaughter plants in the U.S., and it is time for Congress to permanently ban domestic horse slaughter and the export of our horses to neighboring countries for slaughter.”
The comment is often made, "if it can be done humanely" in regards to transporting horses to slaughter. It is impossible to transport horses according to recommended and accepted horse industry standards within the profit margin for slaughter, so despite New York's admirable efforts to pass legislation to ensure horses are transported safely, as long as horses are worth more dead than alive, greedy and uncaring individuals such as Rotz will continue to transport horses in overcrowded trailers resulting in horrific crashes.