The E.U. european Union , which controls the horse meat from Canada and Mexico will no longer be accepting US horse meat as of 2013. There will be no need for US to slaughter horses for human consumption. The reason is US horses have been medication with drugs that either have no withdrawal time, or and extended withdrawal time. Drugs that have no withdrawal time used commonly in US horses is Bute, clenbuterol, furacin and others. The E.U. has placed a requirement for any US horse to have a passport like the european horses have, a passport is a document that follows the US horse from birth to slaughter, documenting any and all drugs, vaccines, wormers, pain meds, tranquilizer, even fly spray. The slaughter for equines in the US due to the state and local governments were experiencing horrible filth, tainted water, tainted air and an increase in crime. Horse slaughter for human consumption provides just a few jobs and mostly immigrants. The lack of slaughter in the US has reduced the number of stolen horses. The horses that end up in Mexico are brutally stabbed with a pointed knife called a puntilla method, it's horrible cruel, bloody and causes the horses to be fearful as they hear their fellow horses screaming in pain. California, in 1997, passed a law prohibiting any transaction where one would buy, sell give away, take and transport any equine for slaughter. Although the kill buyers still sneak and aquire horses using various tactics, it is illegal in Ca. There was a recent Texas Senate hearing on horse slaughter in their state, one speaker, Jerry Finch from Habitat for Horses, gave a testimony presenting this issue with facts and numbers. I suggest, if you or anyone else is interested in know the factual truth, look it up or join facebook and look up horse slaughter.The pro slaughter people spin the facts and want to feed the meat to school children and prisoners... truth !