Pass Federal Legislation to End Horse Slaughter

American horses are not raised or regulated as a food animal. They are given numerous products and medications containing banned substances making them unfit for human consumption.

U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL) introduced the Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act.

For decades, Americans have been asking Congress to end the commercial slaughter of America’s beloved horses, both domestic and wild. The SAFE Act would also prevent the inhumane horse slaughter industry from opening U.S. horse slaughter plants, and prohibit the export of our horses for slaughter abroad. This legislation has gained significant traction during the last few years. Now it’s time to take this momentum and push the SAFE Act across the finish line into law.

What can be done to pass the SAFE Act?

Your help is needed to contact elected officials to gain support for this bill, asking them to sign on as a cosponsor.

Research has shown that there are enough new, existing, and potential horse owners with the ability and resources to own horses. In spite of the potential for more homes, approximately 35,000 horses were still shipped to slaughter in 2020.

Until the SAFE Act is passed, all horses are just a bad sale or giveaway from ending up in the slaughter pipeline.

Call, write or email your U.S. House representative and let him or her know that you are one of their constituents and an equine advocate. And ask that your representative sign on to co-sponsor the Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act (HR 3355) to end the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. Be sure to send a thank you to your rep if he/she has already become a cosponsor.

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