Quarter Horse Association
Transportation and Processing of Horses for Human Consumption
American Quarter Horses have always been known for their
versatility and temperament. Therefore horses that have participated in
competitive events such as racing and showing are well suited for second
careers. AQHA advocates and supports programs that afford horses the opportunity
to be enjoyed in other endeavors such as therapeutic riding programs and mounted
AQHA encourages and provides education regarding
responsible ownership and management that will foster humane care throughout the
life of the horse. AQHA supports the option of equine retirement facilities and
adoption groups for owners who are no longer able to care for their horses.
AQHA acknowledges that a small percentage of horses are ultimately unwanted
because they are no longer serviceable, are infirm or even dangerous. At
present, the processing of unwanted horses currently provides a humane
alternative to allowing the horse to continue a life of inadequate care or
abandonment and possibly discomfort and pain.
the care of horses destined for processing, AQHA’s position is that these
horses should be:
· Treated humanely and with dignity
· Transported to the production facility according to the federal regulations adopted and enforced by the United States Department of Agriculture in 2002
· Euthanized in a humane manner in accordance with the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association and federal and state law
In addition, AQHA recognizes that the human consumption of horsemeat is a cultural and personal issue and does not fall within the purview of the association.