The S.A.F.E. Act Pledge


The S.A.F.E. Act – S.541/HR 1094 – A bill to prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States.

To the American Cattle Rancher,


tess1We tried to reason, we spent our money in courts fighting you, we’ve taken those we’ve managed to save and watched our government bow to the horse slaughter industry. We’ve filed bills in Congress and watched them die, spent a ton of money trying to stop the roundups and slaughter, yet it continues unabated.
One hundred seventy thousand horses a year, 472 a day, one every 4.8 minutes, die in a slaughterhouse. Year after year, we have sought to bring it to an end. No one listened, most of the cattle industry laughed at us.
It’s time for that laughter to end.
The beef industry  has always been in full support of the horse slaughter industry. You’ve worked hand-in-hand with the AQHA and the BLM as they push for horse slaughter, and your influence in all 50 state Farm Bureaus has been consistent. You’ve taken every word from the paid propagandists and force feed them to the Farm Bureau members.
Knowing full well that your facts are pure lies, you have convinced those inside the Beltway to believe that you are the saviors of the horse industry.
You aren’t. You are horse killers, wanting nothing better for the horses of America than you want for your cattle – to be slaughtered and served to the consumer for a profit.
Now it’s time for the 80% to strike back in a way that will force you to listen.
Starting now, we pledge that we will not buy nor consume another bite of beef until the S.A.F.E Act is passed and signed into law. No hamburgers, no BBQ beef, no steak, no fast food with beef. And we ask that every person that is against horse slaughter do the same.
Beef is out until the S.A.F.E. Act is in.
You brought this on yourself. In all your wisdom, you decided it was to your benefit to promote horse slaughter and without thinking, accept the lies you were told as truth. You accepted with open arms the stories about “the slippery slope.” You believed and promoted, without question, the “unwanted horse” propaganda. 
You support the extreme minority who make money killing America’s horses instead of listening to the 80% of Americans who want it to stop. You have turned your back on the very people who buy the beef you sell and you expect us support you.
That support ends – NOW. Weep, cry, scream, do whatever you want to do, even tell us that it doesn’t matter, but as of this moment, BEEF is off the table.
Our Pledge:
As an American horse advocate, I pledge that I will not buy beef of any kind until the SAFE Act is passed and the American horse is free from the threat of slaughter!
Not a dollar of my money will enter your pocket until you and your supporting organizations take the action necessary to support and pass the SAFE Act.
Leave a pledge on the Facebook page of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
Leave a Tweet for the Nattional Cattlemen’s Beef Association- @beefusa
Leave a pledge on the Facebook page of the American Farm Bureau Foundation
Leave a tweet for the American Farm Bureau Foundation – @farmbureau

AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Brenda Miller

    the roundups need to stop!all the government and greedy kill buyers, leave them alone they have survived and made it just fine without your greedy methods! they are to be admired,protected and enjoyed by our future generations. you so called BLM and others trying to make us think it’s for the good of the horses. who are you kidding? taking away their water supplies to give to the cattle industry is one of the worst I’ve learned about. you will suffer in hell because the horse and donkey are animals mentioned in the bible as Gods companions. God help us if people like you keep doing what your doing! mass extermination of our free ranges:(

    August 25, 2013
  • Grandma Gregg

    I posted my pledge on both the cattlemans’ and the Farm Bureau facebook. They will probably delete it but regardless … my pledge is my pledge.

    August 25, 2013
  • Teresa Heaney

    Canadians need to get behind this campaign as well. American horses are being shipped to Canada and it needs to stop. Our Canadian horses are being slaughtered and it is all about greed. We need to get behind this American campaign now.

    August 25, 2013
  • Willi Grimm

    Someday you will meat your maker, may he be cruel to you, may he round you up and show no mercy when he looks into your eyes that show your fear let us all fight the greedy who thrive on killing our animals for their greed

    August 25, 2013
  • John

    Ok, on the 6th day, God gave man dominion over the creatures HE created.I have yet to find a definition of dominion that defines it as abuse, violation,or any of the heinous things done to any animal in the name of stupidity, anger,ignorance,the ALMIGHTY PROFIT,or any other pathetic excuse.Cattle are as special as all other animals,these should not be excluded from this battle, and i agree absolutely with Habitat for Horses-but I feel with all my heart this should be extended to protect all animals used for food, entertainment(including hunting, as it is called), and too many other issues to count.This just is another example of how those with major financial resources rub feces in the face of those who do not, and can’t afford to buy the (not really elected)political machine.Sorry, I just needed to vent–I could say a lot more…and could have simply quoted M.Ghandi–A nation is known by the way it treats it’s animals !!!!

    August 25, 2013
    • Judy Wendt

      Yes, John, in Genesis it says God gave man dominion over all the creatures of the earth as guardians, not to violate or exploit. People pretend to know their Bible, but seem to not know that in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 certain animals, including all equines, were forbidden to be eaten (aka “not kosher” in the Torah/Old Testament). So are horse eaters “good” Christians? I think not.

      August 25, 2013
  • Teresa Heaney: I’m a Canadian and not only am I behind this campaign, we in Canada are ALSO working very hard to stop horse slaughter. We face the same fights as Americans do! We have only 750 wild horses left when just 10 years ago we had 45,000. Ranchers snap their fingers and our gutless government issues trapping permits and the wild horses are rounded up and shipped to slaughter. 80% of Canadians are against this disgusting practice so help us to help you. Pass that Act and we in Canada will have a louder voice to help us pass ours. We are all together in this my American cousins. Check out Canadian Horse Defence Coalition.

    August 25, 2013
  • kathy

    I ceased buying beef after discovery that some beef producers do support Horse slaughter for Human consumption , I won’t order it when eating out anymore either. Do I miss it..yes, but it’s the principle, as far as I’m concerned no beef/food producer should condone the acceptance of non purpose raised, randomly gathered, untraceable “livestock” into the Human Food chain, but since some do..I have lost trust in beef products. For My Family, Beef is out until the S.A.F.E. Act is in.

    August 25, 2013
  • Barbara

    Farm Bureau is deleting our pledges. I will never get insurance from it either.

    August 25, 2013
  • sherriey

    yes…the Farm Bureau is deleting anyone thats against horse slaughter.

    i don’t do facebook….so i leave my Pledge here for all to see…
    I Pledge to never purchase an once of beef ever again until the S.A.F.E. act passes! (and that goes for my extended family members also!!!!!)

    you greedy ranchers make me sick!

    August 25, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    I also have stopped eating beef, and actually really feel proud that WE ALL are committed in fighting back HARD…

    THEY WILL HEAR US and I hope it hurts where it matters..
    Less product being sold LESS MONEY, BOO HOO, to all the GREEDY, ARROGANT endorser’s of horse slaughter….

    August 27, 2013
  • Donna Taylor

    It is the foreign affairs, There are a few foreign countries that eat horse meat. It has gotten so bad that there have been a few privately own horses have been slaughtered in their own pasture……I personally have not eaten meat and have become Vegan because the Welfare ranchers. It’s NOT the ranchers property it belongs to the US citizens of the United State of America…

    August 27, 2013
  • Ruth Campbell

    For those who are against horse slaughter and raise cattle YOU need to step it up and let them know your farms will suffer if it comes back.
    Until SAFE passes consider me done with beef, no way in hell would I eat horses.

    August 27, 2013
  • Patricia Coffman

    The longer this madness goes on against our Horses..and Horse people such as the Cattle Ranchers ignoring the fact that the horses go to slaughter because of your Greedy land grabbing for Welfare cattle and big Government..shame on you..and I will encourage my family and friends to Boycott all Beef until the SAFE act is in place…trust me you guys will know that we as American Consumers…are dead serious about are safety and love Horses!

    August 28, 2013
  • Ronnie

    I pledged not to eat beef on Twitter at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association & the American Farm Bureau Foundation tweets. I “liked” other’s pledges against beef & for S.A.F.E. I am unable able to sign petitions at, so could not do so for Jerry Finch’s,”no beef,” petition. (I contacted, & apparently, my computer needs updating, etc.) I am doing all I can to get the word out not to eat beef… Thank you.

    August 28, 2013
  • Skip Ean

    This article is masterfully written. It should be our manifesto. Easy to understand so great for the general public and those we wish to recruit to our cause. The govt. is the enemy, the BLM is a killer, the Farm Bureau is punitive…and Interior cares nothing for animals and has a new Secretary specifically hired to liquidate the wild ones and sell plots of land to oilers, drillers, frackers, etc. We have to stick together to save our horses and burros.

    August 28, 2013