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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.



Arijrashid Yousef

Thank god to that, it's about time

Michele Altemose

End the slaughter of horses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had a horse I couldn't EVER imagine eating my sweet, sweet Rowdy :(

Carol lake

Please support Safe Act

Michelle Caceres

May this be a wake up call to all people that any slaughter is unjust and completely discusting.

Sherry Seamands

Animals are alive and feel no differently than human beings. They love and deserve to live the lives they were given. End this slaughter now!!!

marilyn sims

please save our horses from slaughter !!

Sandy Miller

Please put an end to the slaughter

Kelly Ortigara

Please end horse slaughter now.

ina aisho

The horses, champion and not, deserve their dignity. Should not be mistreated. And since people couldn't prove to do that. Now NO MORE HORSE SLAUGHTER.


This is an excellent step forward, but why are we only advocating to stop the slaughter of horses? What about the unimaginable suffering of cows, pigs and chickens in factory farms? All of these animals experience pain and fear, particularly in those dismal conditions. Let's take a clue from this and work toward the prevention of cruelty to all animals!