Each year, tens of thousands of American equines working, racing and companion horses, donkeys, and mules, and even children's ponies are horrifically slaughtered for human consumption. They are inhumanely transported long distances across our borders, in cramped trailers without food, water or rest.
Then they are brutally slaughtered, and their meat is shipped overseas. Sadly, the vast majority of the equines who become victims of this predatory and deceptive industry are young, healthy animals who could have led productive lives with loving owners if they'd been given the chance.
Not only is slaughter immensely cruel, but U.S. horses are not raised for food, and over the course of their lives they are given a wide variety of drugs and veterinary treatments that make their meat unfit for human consumption.
Congress must act to completely end this horrific practice once and for all. The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 113/S. 1706, would ban domestic horse slaughter and stop the export of horses for slaughter abroad. Currently, a majority of House members have signed onto the SAFE Act as sponsors and cosponsors, so House leadership should immediately schedule the bill for a floor vote.
This vital legislation is needed to fully protect our American horses from ending up on foreign dinner plates. Horses have stood by us as our loyal companions throughout history, and we owe it to them to protect them from abuse.
Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators to urge co-sponsorship and to push for a floor vote on the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act. Click the following links to look up phone numbers for
your state representative
your state senator
You can simply say, "Please ask House leaders to schedule the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 113/S. 1706, which would end the export and slaughter of American equines for human consumption, for a floor vote."