There are no horse slaughter facilities currently operating within the USA. However, every year approximately 20,000 American horses, donkeys and mules are live-exported to Canada and Mexico to be killed and butchered for human consumption. Every equine, both wild and domestic, is at risk of falling prey to the slaughter pipeline until federal legislation is enacted to make the American horsemeat trade illegal.
If passed into federal law, the Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act, H.R.3475 / S.2037, will make it illegal to slaughter American equines for human consumption on U.S. soil or abroad. Further, it will prohibit the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for purposes of human consumption.
IT'S TIME TO PASS THE SAFE ACT!
Please join the effort to stop the slaughter of American equines by contacting your U.S. Representative. Urge them to support the SAFE Act by cosponsoring the bill.
Call the Capitol Switchboard to be transferred directly to their offices: 202-224-3121
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As a voting constituent I'm requesting that (your legislator's name) cosponsor the Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act, H.R.3475 / S.2037. If passed into federal law the SAFE Act would prohibit the slaughter of American equines on U.S. soil and abroad. In June 2021 the U.S. House unanimously approved an amendment to the INVEST in America Act by a voice vote to ban the transport of slaughter-bound horses across state lines and over U.S. borders. This aligns with national polls that repeatedly show that 80%+ of Americans are opposed to the slaughter of horses and seek to have a federal law in place to make it illegal.
As a civilized nation we must ensure that none of our treasured equine pets, athletes, and wild mustangs are subjected to the abuse and cruelty of the slaughter pipeline — which ultimately leads to horrific deaths at slaughterhouses. I urge (your legislator's name) to cosponsor the Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act, H.R.3475 / S.2037 without delay.