Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome at-risk horses. This is our 3R Promise.

Who are we?

The Pacific Northwest Equine Protection Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome homeless and at-risk horses in the Pacific Northwest.

The Pacific Northwest Equine Protection Society is a Seattle-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to facilitate the welfare of at-risk equines through rescue, public education, and husbandry. Our organization seeks to improve the lives of horses by providing permanent homes for unwanted, abused, and neglected horses. We partner with local, regional, and national organizations – including state agencies and tribal nations – to promote education about unwanted or neglected horses.

Horse owners relinquish their horses for many reasons, ranging from financial constraints to "outgrowing" family pets and riding horses. Some owners are forced to downsize and can no longer provide room and board on their own land. Many owners sell their horses to auctioneers without knowing that auction houses frequently network with organizations that purchase hundreds of equines at a time for slaughter and illicit entertainment. These organizations are frequently referred to as “kill-buyers.”

The last slaughterhouses in the United States-based in Texas and Illinois-closed in 2007. However, the demand and consumption of horse meat has remained high. Kill buyers frequently purchase horses in bulk for export to Mexico and Canada. According to the Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), between 100,000-150,000 horses are exported every year to neighboring countries for slaughter and consumption in overseas markets.

Horses arrive at slaughterhouses through several pipelines. Some owners sell their horses at auction in hopes of finding them new homes for an attractive price. Many are sent to slaughter because of illness, injury, age, and even pregnancy. In addition to slaughter, disreputable entertainment groups may purchase horses for illegal gambling and animal torture. Horses are often maimed and killed during bulk purchasing and shipping processes.

In April 2015, the 114th Congress introduced the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R.1942/S. 1214), which would have prohibited the slaughter of equines in the United States and banned their export to foreign countries for that purpose. Unfortunately, it was not enacted before conclusion of the 114th Congress on January 3, 2017. Until a ban is enacted, thousands of horses and other equines in the United States are at-risk for slaughter.

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