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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Evelyn Ford

Horses are being shipped overseas in the most inhumane conditions to be slaughtered for dog food and Godknows what else! Also wild horses are being killed because they are considered a nuisance.

Hannah Crumme



That is awesome! I read about how they slaughter horses in Mexico and I couldn't sleep for a week! We as people , as humans cannot condone the way this occurs! So inhumanly slaughtered. It's awful they eat and breathe as we do, feel as we do. There has to be a better way to slaughter, and not just horses any animal.

Sandra Lincoln

Save these beautiful creatures. We don't want or need horse meat! We are the great USA....not some third world country or Europe or anyone else. PLEASE STOP THIS SENSELESS KILLING NOW!!!

Judith Gesell

IS ANYONE THAT HUNGRY?????? Call me and I will feed you and save the horses!!!!!

martina stamm

Stop the slaughter of the horses!


leave horses alone stopped cruel x


They are too expensive for many people, and one would hope that they would be euthanized quickly and kindly, by gunshot or injection. Sending off to auction is sending them to kill buyers most likely. Why do that to an animal, often after a lifetime of service? Bottom line,slaughterhouses are not for horses.

Savanna Maske

We need to stop it!!!!!


Honestly I wouldn't be against it if they weren't killed so horrificly. If people like horse meat so be it. But when you stab them in the head multiple times until their dead, or shoot them with a nail gun. Uhh no. I have a horse if very connected with and i love her more than anything and I still am agreeing with it as long as they do it humainly.!.!.!.