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Help Save Horses from Slaughter

March 21st, 2013 by Nicole Meyer

In response to public outrage, Congress is finally taking greater measures to safeguard horses from ending up in slaughterhouses. U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Reps. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), recently introduced the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act. The Act would ban horse slaughter in the U.S., as well as banning the export of horses to other countries to be slaughtered for human consumption. It is estimated that more than 100,000 horses from the U.S. are shipped to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico each year.

Time is running out. In 2011, President Obama signed a bill stripped of language which had previously defunded inspections at horse slaughterhouses, which in turn opened the door once again to legal horse slaughter in the U.S. Now, some states are moving forward to establish slaughterhouses. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it would review an application for inspecting horse slaughter at a facility in New Mexico. If the application is approved, the facility will be the first one in the U.S. to slaughter horses for human consumption since 2007. And in Oklahoma, legislators are currently considering two bills to legalize slaughterhouses, which would end a 50-year ban on slaughtering horses in Oklahoma.

Act now. Urge your legislators to support the SAFE Act today. It is important that your legislators hear from you directly, so they know that their constituents support the humane treatment of horses.

To contact your U.S. Senators and U.S Representative, enter your zip code at this link.

Your message should be brief and polite. You can simply say, “Please co-sponsor and support the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (S. 541/H.R. 1094), which would ban horse slaughter in the U.S., as well as banning the export of horses to other countries to be slaughtered for human consumption.”

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258 Responses to “Help Save Horses from Slaughter”

    • July 07, 2013 at 12:32 pm, darla deedee said:

      stop doing that right how that is not right
      stop beeping the horses stop pushing them
      in lock box do not but the gun to there boby
      dont dont lock them up dont but the gun to
      the head and dont but the rope around the
      horses neak dont cut off trail not the hair
      and dont but there heads in a lock box es
      i would call the 911 to stop the horses killing
      from Darla deedee letter

  1. June 05, 2013 at 10:52 am, karen cazzaniga said:

    I am very concerned about horses being slaughtered. These beautiful animals are majestic and smart, they play like dogs and are GREAT companions as well. I am begging congress and pleading to Pres. Obama to whom I voted to END the slaughter of HORSES!
    We can find ways to protect them and house them. I will do whatever I can to help.
    Karen Cazzaniga 954-614-1510 south florida Thanks

  2. April 15, 2013 at 7:04 am, Kathy Wolley said:

    I would hope that I’m healthy in both mind, body, and spirit. I would enjoy to travel the earth with my relatives. That would be lovely.

  3. March 28, 2013 at 9:29 pm, James Hart said:

    This is about when Obama signed the bill to slaughter back in 2011 and made cruelty to animals legal.

    People who slaughter horses have children who grow up to hate them.
    Just ask Mr Sappington. His daughter posted the video of him shooting Justice,
    which in turn started this whole campaign against him. Even the alleged death
    threats against him and the owner of the slaughterhouse that want’s to open.
    Obama has two girls who probably know nothing about this yet.
    Or if they do, he probably told them “their better off”.
    I wonder if they or their children will ever forgive him?

    • March 29, 2013 at 1:55 am, Pat Bacon said:

      Horses should never be food. No slaughter of horses.Americans love horses and do not want to see them killed for food or for any other reason.

  4. March 25, 2013 at 3:10 am, Pat Bacon said:

    Horses are so wonderful. They can be your best friend and try hard to please. No horse slaughter should be allowed. It is so cruel and unnecessary.

  5. March 24, 2013 at 12:06 am, Val said:

    Horses Should Be Loved And looked after Like ALL Animals Should Be!

  6. March 23, 2013 at 1:45 pm, Dorothy hudecek said:

    i will support and urge others to contact their representatives to vote for the SAFE act

  7. March 23, 2013 at 7:06 am, iris neuwirth said:

    Every animal have the same right to live , like we human !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. March 22, 2013 at 4:17 am, Pat Bacon said:

    Leave horses alone and please stop rampant
    breeding of horses who wind up not wanted or owners are unable to care for.

  9. March 21, 2013 at 7:44 pm, Merelyn Dolins said:

    “Please co-sponsor and support the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (S. 541/H.R. 1094), which would ban horse slaughter in the U.S., as well as banning the export of horses to other countries to be slaughtered for human consumption.”

  10. March 21, 2013 at 7:13 pm, Dee said:

    Anyone who has worked with horses recognizes the incomparable, innate ability they have to help humans heal or excel. More can be gained that is powerful and transformational than what is achieved by harming, hurting or commoditizing animals. Caring for animals with respect and compassion provides the opportunity to become better humans.

  11. March 21, 2013 at 5:28 pm, Sussn Upton said:

    Please ban the slaughter and export of horse.

  12. March 21, 2013 at 5:13 pm, Colleen Stadnick said:

    I just contacted all my senators and representatives. This is such a vital act! We cannot let horses be slaughtered anymore!

  13. March 21, 2013 at 4:46 pm, maria campanella said:

    horses are beautiful animals, not to be used as food

  14. March 21, 2013 at 4:36 pm, Gerald said:

    As a Concerned Canadian, I fervently pray for and heartily endorse abolishing the slaughter of horses in North America. Such historically significant and noble creatures deserve a better end to a lifetime of love and service.

  15. March 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm, ann marie said:

    Horses were the backbone of this country….how dare anyone dishonors them.

  16. March 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm, Debbi Mandel said:

    please take a moment to save our beautiful animals…….don’t wait till it’s to late and we have no more horses to love.

  17. March 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm, bisk said:

    there’s no link???

  18. March 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm, betty davis said:

    No to slaughter of horses!!!!!!!!

  19. March 21, 2013 at 2:28 pm, Elise said:

    Please co-sponsor and support the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (S. 541/H.R. 1094), which would ban horse slaughter in the U.S., as well as banning the export of horses to other countries to be slaughtered for human consumption!!!

  20. March 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm, Karin/wildflower said:

    What LINK?