AQHA Official Celebrates Pending Slaughter of Quarter Horses

horsesby John Holland and Vicki Tobin, Founders, Equine Welfare Alliance  

CHICAGO, (EWA) – In the aftermath of Montana Governor Schweitzer’s non-action, HB 418, a bill that bars Montana’s citizens from taking court action against the building of a horse slaughter plant, became law.

This action has left many Montana legislators and citizens shocked that their state might soon be known as the new "home of horse slaughter". Montana has enacted a probably unconstitutional statute that denies due process under the United States Constitution.

Horse slaughter will tarnish the "Big Sky" brand and everything it stands for from cattle to tourism. History has shown that such plants bring nothing but pollution and controversy. Montana law makers failed to ask themselves why Texas and Illinois, and now Saskatchewan Canada, have rid themselves of the industry. Who is to gain?

The Equine Welfare Alliance has obtained a document that answers this question. The mass e-mail was from Stan Weaver, president of the Montana Quarter Horse Association (MQHA) and is titled "HB 418 Final Comments – Success!!!!. Rejoicing in the news that Montana may be home to a horse killing plant, the MQHA president boasts that the MQHA was the driving force behind the passage of the law.

Weaver praises members for pushing the legislation while bragging about the haste with which it was put together. Weaver describes how the MQHA and the bill’s sponsor, Representative Ed Butcher, had come up with the idea for the bill just weeks before it was introduced. After that introduction, the bill was ridiculed widely as the "Montana Butcher Bill."

Indeed, this is cause to rejoice for the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), the organization leading the effort to continue the slaughter of American horses for foreign firm’s profit. This magnificent breed, touted as the most versatile of all horses, is being sent to slaughter in record numbers. In fact, half of all horses sent to slaughter each year are American Quarter Horses.

Meanwhile, the AQHA continues to promote indiscriminate breeding.

Weaver is apparently so enamored at the prospect of a slaughter plant to butcher Montana’s Quarter Horses that he ponders writing a book that will contain all the emails and letters in support of horse killing.

Last year, when other businesses were reducing production, AQHA management and its member breeders continued their mad quest to grow revenues by registering 140,000 new foals, an increase of 5,000 more horses over 2007.

horsesIn his speech before the 2008 annual convention, Bill Brewer, the AQHA’s then executive vice-president said, "Our challenge becomes looking at ways to introduce an equine economic stimulus package that will boost registration numbers."

Apparently, that package includes killing off existing Quarter Horses to make room for more.

The AQHA and its allies have promoted unfounded stories that the nation is being flooded with tens of thousands of abandoned horses. It was a salient point made by supporters of "The Butcher Bill" and was picked up by the Montana media and repeated without question, even though county officials reported a total of only fourteen abandoned horses in 2008.

Yet the group and its apologists fail to mention the indiscriminate breeding encouraged by the AQHA and ranchers such as Weaver. Weaver’s ranch alone produces and registers 100 horses per year and helps fill the AQHA treasury with registration fees.

According to Weaver, the next major AQHA effort will be to try to defeat the federal legislation that will end the slaughter of American horses; HR 503, The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009.

In their zealous quest to defeat HR 503, EWA says it expects more of the elaborate disinformation campaign from the AQHA and its lobbyists.


Go here to learn how you can help pass HR 503/SB 727, the federal bill that would make it illegal to "possess…, ship…, transport…, purchase.., sell… deliver…, or receive" in interstate or foreign commerce any horse "with the intent that it is to be slaughtered for human consumption".  It would also be illegal under this bill to trade in horse flesh or carcass for the purpose of human consumption.

4 thoughts on “AQHA Official Celebrates Pending Slaughter of Quarter Horses”

  1. Shame on the American Quarter Horse Association
    for their advocacy of cruelty to our noble
    and industrious breed of American Horses.
    Going down in history of promoting the eating
    of these horses is the most shameful of all
    issues in the United STates..Stop your overbreeding …stop your advocacy of cruelty
    and come up with how to keep horses in America,
    our rights to ride and own and promote horse trails and horsekeeping and land to grow hay
    instead of helping to get rid of all of that
    which is exactly what you are doing. By stopping
    slaughter you make it mandatory for horses
    to have places to live, land to grow hay,

  2. I remember the first time I saw Montana. I thought I died and went to heaven. I could not wait to go back because it was so pure and beautiful. Now I won’t set foot in it. All they think of when they see animals is shooting and slaughtering them. Yellowstone Bison that are simply migrating is one thing. But their zeal for slaughtering horses is unsurpassed, even taking away the constitutional right of their citizens to have access to the courts. Overlaying Montana’s pristine beauty is the blood and carcasses of the horses they want to slaughter so the AQHA can fill its greedy pockets. The Quarter Horse has served Montana well. Now Montana repays this magnificent animal by betraying it into the hands of foreigners.

  3. The AQHA is only interested in profits. The more horses that are produced, the more registration fees collected and the more young horses that are sold. I read last year that most Quarter Horses are crippled with navicular syndrome by age 7, making them disposable. Instead of addressing genetic problems such as little feet on big horses, AQHA would rather support slaughter. Shame on them!

  4. I believe the Paint horse registry was formed way back when because so many AQHA breeders killed the foals born with too much white or white in the wrong places… That’s the AQHA way, I guess?

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