As several states (New Mexico, Oklahoma, etc.) move closer to opening horse slaughter plants on U.S. soil for the first time in six years, federal legislation to ban the horrific practice of horse slaughter is needed NOW!
Revelations this year that horsemeat accidentally entered the food chain overseas have put a media spotlight on the issue of horse slaughter. It seems that horse slaughterers are incapable of preventing horsemeat from mingling with their other products. If it can happen there, it can happen here. Fortunately, Congress is responding.
Introduced in both chambers of Congress, The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (S. 541 and H.R. 1094) will prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the U.S. and ban their export abroad for that purpose. This bill will protect our nation’s horses from the predatory horse slaughter industry and protect the public from toxic horsemeat. The SAFE Act is sponsored by Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Representatives Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL). Currently, S.541 has 26 co-sponsors and H.R. 1094 has 157 co-sponsors. Please make sure that your Senators and Representatives are among them!
Your action could mean the difference between life and horrible death for more than 100,000 U.S. horses -- both wild and domestic -- each year. So please take these two easy steps today:
1. Call your Senators and Representative and ask them to co-sponsor this critically important bill. Your legislators' telephone numbers will appear under their pictures below. It's simple and only takes a minute. All you have to say is this:
"Hello, I am a constituent of Sen./Representative ___, and I am calling to ask that he/she co-sponsor the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, S541/HR 1094. Horse slaughter is a cruel and unacceptable practice opposed by the vast majority of Americans. Since horses are not raised for food in the U.S. and are commonly given a variety of drugs, the product produced is unsafe for human consumption." If your Senator or Representative is already a sponsor of the bill, please thank him/her very much.
2. Follow up your telephone call by personalizing and sending the sample email below. Please note that you may be asked to choose a subject or topic area: choose or fill in "Agriculture."
Thank you very much for your support. And thanks to our coalition partners, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the U.S., and the Animal Welfare Institute for their hard work on Capitol Hill to pass this bill.