Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsConnolly, P, Althaus, RA, Skipper, RB
Date Published12/2014
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractThe cost for maintaing a horse that is no longer useful is so high that some consider it prohibitive.The Unwanted Horse Coalition estimated in 2007 that there were 170,000 unwanted horses in the U.S. Options for disposing of a horse include letting it die of starvation and neglect, euthanizing it, or sending it to an equine slaughterhouse. Starvation, as a form of cruelty, is prohibited by law, but becomes the default solution when owners are unable to care for the animals. Euthanizing and burying a horse is significantly more complex and expensive than disposing of smaller animals. There are currently no domestic equine slaughterhouses, though in other countries, most of the horses slaughtered are destined for human consumption.