The ASPCA is supporting the The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, sponsored by Representatives Frank Guinta (R-NH), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) and urges you to email your U.S. senators and representative today to ask them to support the proposed Act or go to the ASPCA website and fill in the form.
Each year approximately 150,000 American horses are trucked to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered for human consumption. Horse slaughter is a cruel, unnecessary, predatory industry that has no domestic market.
Horse slaughter is especially inhumane because horses, skittish by nature, are extremely difficult to render unconscious before slaughter. They often endure repeated blows to the head and sometimes are alive and kicking during dismemberment. Transport to slaughter is also hellish—journeys are long and brutal and often made with little food, water, or rest. Horses are crammed tightly into trailers, often leading to fights, and many horses are severely injured or dead upon arrival at the plant.
American horse meat is unsafe for human consumption because horses are not raised as food animals in this country. Throughout their lives, horses are given medications and other substances that, because of their known toxicity to humans, are expressly forbidden for use in animals intended for human consumption. Horse slaughter is bad for horses and bad for people.
The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 1942, would end this cruel practice. The bill, introduced in the House of Representatives on April 22, would prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the U.S. and ban their export abroad for that purpose.
Eighty percent of American voters oppose horse slaughter for human consumption. Horses are our companions and a historically significant part of American culture. We owe them a kinder, more dignified end of life than to be cruelly slaughtered.
Congress must pass legislation to ban the butchering of American horses for human consumption in the U.S. and prohibit the export of American horses to other countries for that purpose. Every horse is just one bad sale away from slaughter—until a ban is in place, no horse is safe.
What You Can Do
Please take a moment to send a polite email to your U.S. senators and representative and urge them to support the SAFE Act, a permanent ban on 1) the slaughter of American horses for human consumption, and 2) the transport of American horses over our borders for that purpose.
Please note that the form has two steps. After you submit your information, you will be able to view and edit our pre-drafted message before authorizing it to send.
On behalf of America’s horses, thank you!