Action Alert:URGENT: Tell Congress to Ban Horse Slaughter Once and for All!


images-1NEW: S. 541/H.R. 1094—The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act

Sponsors:  Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Representatives Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).

Habitat for Horses Position: Support
ASPCA Position:  Support
Action Needed:  Call and email your U.S. senators and representative in Washington, D.C., today to ask them to cosponsor the SAFE Act. Please thank them if they are already cosponsors!

Recent revelations that horse meat accidentally entered the food chain overseas have put a media spotlight on the issue of horse slaughter. It seems that horse slaughterers are incapable of preventing horse meat from mingling with their other products. If it can happen there, it can happen here. We’re happy to tell you that Congress is responding.

Just introduced in both chambers of Congress, The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act will prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the U.S. and ban their export abroad for that purpose. This bill will protect our nation’s horses from the predatory horse slaughter industry and protect the public from toxic horse meat.

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.

Enacting a ban on horse slaughter has never been more urgent! The USDA has announced its intention to approve a permit allowing a New Mexico slaughterhouse to begin slaughtering horses. Help us prevent this and any other slaughterhouses from butchering even a single American horse.

What You Can Do
Please take a moment to send a polite email to your federal legislators in Congress and urge them to cosponsor the SAFE Act (S. 541/H.R. 1094), a bill to ban the slaughter of American horses for human consumption by CLICKING HERE!

The ASPCA page will automatically sort out for you if your legislator is a cosponsor, so you can thank them if they’ve already taken that step.

For even more impact, make a brief, polite phone call to your representative and senators in DC. Calling is fast, easy and the best way to reach your legislators. Look up your legislators’ names and phone numbers here. Don’t be nervous about calling—it’s easy, fast, and by far the most effective thing you can do! You can use this script when speaking with the receptionist:

“Hi, this is _______ and I am your constituent residing in [town and state]. I’m calling today to urge Representative/Senator _______ to support the SAFE Act, legislation to ban the slaughter of American horses and their export for that purpose abroad. Thank you!”

On behalf of our nation’s horses, thank you for your help!

AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Arlene

    Done and emailed to all to do the same !!@!!!!

    April 30, 2013
  • Kymberly Connors

    Stop Slaughtering Horses!!!!!!! Stop the BLM!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2013
  • darlene

    Please stop slaughter of horses. Stop the entire blm waste and abuse

    April 30, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    I have been doing the e-mailing and calling every week did it last Sunday so will do it again this morning,I have a question hope someone can explain does this mean the Bill has moved forward?? Do we have any chances in passing this?? The NOT KNOWING is so so hard, just has anyone got more info on where this BIll really stands?? Thanks

    April 30, 2013
  • Judith Keene

    I have just sent out this notice to my senators. This was my second appeal to them. I have also sent them notices asking them to support the NY Anti slaughter bill. I am hoping that this time they really take notice and act on this!! If they have any hope of being reelected, then they will support these bills because if they dont, they wont get my vote!!!

    April 30, 2013
  • Daryl

    Slaughter is not the answer, stop the blm from doing more round ups, stop the blm from selling horses to the kill buyers who slaughter them, stop the abuse of the horses at the blm hold places in all the states, this is not right, they have the rights to stayon the land we fought for them and won.

    April 30, 2013
  • Deborah Beare

    I have contacted all my state legislators’ offices, and emailed them a follow up, and just did the ASPCA letter as well. Listened to an hour long USHS town hall meeting on the phone last night regarding the AG/GAG bill in the state of Tennessee and planning to call the governor tomorrow asking him to veto this bill which is designed to criminalize the “whistleblowers” of animal abuse.

    May 1, 2013
  • Daryl

    Jerry can we help from our state to where you are? There is so much going on to keep up with. These bills get rushed through do they get read? Do they know what they are signing? Things seem to get pushed through & later they say they did not know.

    May 1, 2013
      • Daryl

        thak you Jerry I will try my best, to get others to put the word out for us.

        May 1, 2013
  • Nancy Young

    This is not a is a prayer to NOT allow this to pass. It is VERY cruel to a beautiful, useful animal the Horses.

    May 1, 2013
    • Daryl

      How nicely said Nancy, I will chime in with you, all this needs to stop, and let these animals live in peace.

      May 1, 2013