Tell Congress to Ban U.S. Horse Slaughter & Export for Once and for All!

Last year, approximately 130,000 American horses were trucked to Canada and Mexico, where they were brutally slaughtered for human consumption in foreign countries. These horses suffer long journeys without adequate food, water or rest to slaughter plants across the border, where they meet a brutal and terrifying end. 

This week, federal lawmakers once again introduced the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act of 2017, H.R. 113 to prevent the establishment of horse slaughter operations within the U.S., end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat.

Kudus to our DC coalition partners for working so hard to get this bill re-introduced for consideration and passage this year!

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Your action could mean the difference between life and a horrendous and terrifying death for more than 100,000 American horses -- both wild and domestic -- each year. So please take these two easy steps today:

1. Call your Representative and ask them to co-sponsor this critically important bill. Your legislators' telephone numbers will appear under their pictures below. It's simple and only takes a minute. All you have to say is this: 

"Hello, I am a constituent of Representative ___, and I am calling to ask that he/she co-sponsor the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, H.R. 113. Horse slaughter is a cruel and unacceptable practice opposed by the vast majority of Americans. Since horses are not raised for food in the U.S. and are commonly treated with a variety of drugs that are toxic to human beings, horsemeat is also unsafe for human consumption."

 If your Representative is already a sponsor or co-sponsor of this bill, please thank him/her very much. 

2. Follow up your telephone call by personalizing and sending the sample email below.  Please note that you may be asked to choose a subject or topic area: choose or fill in "Agriculture" or "Animal Welfare". 

Thank you very much for your support. 


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Background Information (Courtesy of ASPCA)

The cruelties associated with horse slaughter are well documented. Passage of the SAFE Act will not only ensure that predatory horse slaughterers cannot reopen their doors here in the U.S.—it will also stop the trafficking of horses to slaughterhouses over our borders.

As you know, horse slaughter isn’t a humane end for horses. There is no such thing as a commercial horse slaughter plant that does not inflict cruelty on horses. And horse slaughter is not only bad for horses, it’s also bad for people. Meat from American horses is unsafe for human consumption. Our horses are not raised as food animals; they are raised to be companions, sport competitors or work partners. Horses are routinely given medications and other substances that are toxic to humans and are expressly forbidden by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in animals intended for human consumption.

The majority of Americans oppose horse slaughter. Americans don't eat horses and we don't want our tax dollars spent to subsidize this cruel industry that subjects American horses to terror, trauma and a horrific death in order to supply foreign markets for horse meat. Please act today!