Breaking: Congress Moves to Ban Horse Slaughter in the U.S.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 1:30pm
Red horse looking straight ahead

Join us in supporting The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, introduced in Congress yesterday by Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Representatives Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL). This vital legislation will stop the transport of American horses to slaughter in Mexico and Canada, as well as permanently prevent it from occurring here in the United States. Please ask your Members of Congress to cosponsor the bill and help usher it to passage!

We’ve known for years that horse slaughter is an exceptionally cruel practice—whether it happens in the U.S. or elsewhere. Due to their biology and their psychology, horses cannot be slaughtered in a commercial setting without tremendous suffering and fear. 

We also know that horse meat is not even safe to eat! Horses are fed de-wormers and other toxic drugs that can cause terrible reactions—including death—in people who eat their tainted meat. Consumers in the E.U. are just discovering the dangers they have unwittingly been exposed to, and the scandal grows daily.

In spite of this mountain of damning evidence, the USDA is currently processing an application for a horse slaughter operation here in the United States. Roswell, New Mexico, may soon become ground zero for horse suffering.

The ASPCA has worked closely with federal legislators and other advocacy groups to develop the SAFE Act. This bill will stop the pain and the suffering of equines caught up in this grisly business. Please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to take action now to urge your U.S. senators and representative to cosponsor the SAFE Act.

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Cecilia Parodi

Aside from a cruel and horrific painful act, remember the toxic waist that will land on our land and water. Also our sewage system where the thick toxic blood will cause a backup on our sewage ending up in our toilets and showers. Toxics in our farmlands and drinking water. Is this what you want? And what would the USDA do?

Gail Costa

How can anyone even think that to slaughter a horse is more humane than abandonment? Have you ever been to a slaughter house? Horses are beautiful creatures who give themselves to you for pleasure and need to be loved and cared for. No animal deserves the inhumane treatment at a slaughter house. If they would do it humanely, it would be different, but they won't. PLEASE END THIS GOD AWFUL PRACTICE!!!

susanna kasimova

Must stop!!!!!

Emily S. Haynes

What a horrible and inhumane practice this is! And what kind of people are we if we don't do something to stop it NOW!

Shana Garrett

Stop the slaughter!


For thousands of years they pulled our carts, now they are here to mend our hearts - this is no way to show any gratitude. Horses are sacred animals, every one that is murdered - takes a piece of us with it.

Juanita Harrington

Horses have been a part of our lives for hundreds of years
From plowing our fields to war. Please stop the slaughter!

Sara buck

End slaughter!


Please stop horse slaughter....I wouldn't eat one even if I was starving....they are too beautiful and
wonderful of a creature.

Charlotte Hoelt...

Please stop the barbaric inhumane horse slaughter now, in USA, Canada and Mexico. I would like to see horse auctions stop so these poor animals do not go from auction to auction in deplorable conditions.