Robert Redford speaks out on horse slaughter


robert-redford-Horse_whispererActor Robert Redford has voiced his opposition to horse slaughter in the United States.

Redford laid out his view in a letter to Equine Advocates president Susan Wagner, on the cusp of the 2013 Annual American Equine Summit, which her New York-based national equine protection organization is hosting.

Redford, an actor, director, environmentalist and founder of the Sundance Festival, said: “Horses are acquired for slaughter without disclosure and often through fraud and misrepresentation.

“The entire slaughter process is cruel, inhumane and perpetuates abuse and neglect without consequences, in addition to condoning a violation of our nation’s cruelty laws.

“As Americans, we have the right to oppose both the return of horse slaughter to the US and the transport of our wild and domestic equines to other countries for the purpose of slaughter.”

Redford joins a bilateral effort to reverse the advance of horse slaughter through public opinion and safety concerns, and legislation on both state and federal levels.

New York has become the latest state to push for a ban on horse slaughter with Senate Bill S.4615 and Assembly Bill A.3905.

New York State Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, who will deliver the keynote address at the summit, joined State Senator Kathy Marchione in co-sponsoring the bill at a press conference last week.

If passed, New York State would join California, Illinois, New Jersey and Texas in prohibiting it.

The Obama administration’s proposed 2014 budget includes a proposal to essentially prevent equines from being slaughtered in the US by defunding FDA inspections.

The recent bipartisan introduction of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act would also prohibit the transport, export or import of horses intended for slaughter or horse meat.

Wagner said: “We applaud Robert Redford for his powerful, meaningful and profound words on behalf of America, at a time when over 80 per cent of our citizens oppose horse slaughter.

“Beyond the sheer brutality of the practice, horse slaughter will enable dangerous FDA-banned drugs found in horsemeat to potentially threaten the US food supply if cross contamination occurs with other meat, like what’s happening across Europe. Horses are not bred for food and should be removed from the food chain.”

Experts, government officials and others will convene at Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary in Chatham, New York on April 27–28 for the 2013 Annual American Equine Summit.


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9 thoughts on “Robert Redford speaks out on horse slaughter

  • April 23, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    NOW is the time to really STOP ALL of this HORSE SLAUGHTER once and for ALL ( UNITED WE STAND)

    • April 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you for standing up! i have a feeling this is going to be accomplished :)))))) UNITED WE STAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • April 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    so happy, thanks mr Robert Redford, and thanks U.S. Congress for de-funding inspections for horse slaughter.
    thank you

  • April 24, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Yes! We are tired of listening to all the weak arguments of pro-slaughter groups/people. Thank you Mr. Redford for speaking up for our horses!

  • April 25, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Hopefully other celebs will follow in Robert Redford’s footsteps on this issue.
    Kudos to Mr Redford for speaking out on behalf of the horses.

  • May 9, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Thank you to Robert Redford (my hero) and also to the Obama Admin. I hope it all happens. What is going to happen though with the out of country slaughterhouses? Will that market be stopped. I hope that the horse eaters are going to change their diet.

  • May 10, 2013 at 2:49 am

    I want to say thanks to Mr Redeford and all people that fight by the NON HUMAN ANIMAL RIGHTS in US.

    Today we know that we don´t need animal protein and everything that we need for our nutrition is for free in the nature, as seeds,vegetables and others. I hope the animal abolitionism win this unfair game against the “men of power” that tries to rule the world with blood and cruelty!

    I wish so much that Mr Redford could take a interview for my wife, a brazilan PHD in Animal Rights and Environmental that is doing a great studies about the non human animal rights.. Best Regards, Cabeto Rocker Pascolato, Toronto, Ontario,Canada- we gonna back to Brasil in june.
    +1 (647) 713 0827

  • October 11, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Rescue me, Bob, or Bob Clarke and Jay will take you off his short list and I won’t pass your calls to them in heaven, handsome.

    • October 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      “his” short list? don’t you mean “their short list”? the Clarke and Jay equal a plural.

      For real Bob, you gotta reach out or my horse won’t let you in heaven, Handsome.


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