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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Horses are more like companion animals, such as dogs and cats, not food animals like cattle and poultry! And chances are, we've all eaten horse meat unknowingly because it's probably sold and marked as 'beef' sometimes.


Being killed for human consumption isn't a good way to die either.

Deb Koss

As an owner of a sound, beautiful, well-mannered and trained slaughter-bound 15 year old Quarter Horse mare purchased June 2014, I at 1st said "WHOA" to this legislation because my horse was destined for Canada for slaughter. That is until I researched and read ASPCA's legislation recap:

"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."

Giddy up!

ps. If horse slaughter and transportation passes, I hope ASPCA and other groups will grant fund non-profit rescue groups who will be flooded with horses. Also consider funding for-profit businesses that currently existing at feedlots that try and re-home horses bound for slaughter. Such as the business I bought my horse from: Fallon Nevada Feedlot SALES. A business started by the feedlot owner's daughter. I'm guessing there are other Feedlot Sales businesses who will be hurt by the legislation. Maybe a method of turning these groups into non-profit equine rescue/re-home organizations.