Regulatory Brief

 Commercial Transportation of Equines to Slaughter

Formal title: Docket Number [APHIS-2006-0168] RIN 0579-AC49 Commercial Transportation of Equines to Slaughter


The APHIS is proposing to amend the regulations regarding the commercial transportation of equines to slaughter to add a definition of equine for slaughter and make other changes that will extend the protections afforded by the regulations to equines bound for slaughter but delivered first to an assembly point, feedlot, or stockyard. This action would further ensure the humane treatment of such equines by helping to ensure that the unique and special needs of equines in commercial transportation to slaughter are met.

Background Documents:

View AVMA's response to APHIS (PDF)

View AVMA Request Regarding Final Rule December 1, 2008 (PDF)

Final Rule: USDA-APHIS Commercial Transport of Equines to Slaughter (PDF)

View Federal Register document (PDF)


AVMA responded on January 7, 2008 (PDF) and December 1, 2008 (PDF).

USDA-APHIS Final Rule :Commercial Transport of Equines to Slaughter posted in Federal Register September 7, 2011 (PDF)