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Horse Slaughter in America, the Current status and the facts you need to know.
FEDERAL LEGISLATION Introduced for the 114th Congress
(2015 - 2016)
H.R.1942: Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act
To prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States. Send your Rep a letter of support right now >>
S.1214: Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act
To prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States.
This bipartisan legislation, if passed will protect people and horses and it would end the possibility of U.S. horse slaughter once and for all.
Learn more about this pending legislation
In the absence of federal protection, over 100,000 American horses are shipped across federal borders to slaughter plants in Mexico and Canada each year. What most people don't realize is that 92% of the horses sent to slaughter are sound, young and healthy. These are among America’s finest and brightest horses; champion show horses, Thoroughbred racehorses, summer camp ponies and even wild horses taken from their native lands.
The resounding evidence of how we treat our horses inside the U.S. once they are designated as food animals is chilling. Inside the slaughter pipeline they are systematically beaten, dragged, whipped, crammed into double deck cattle trailers and hauled for days without food, water or rest, many are purposely blinded as a means to force them to succumb to defeat. Until a federal law is passed to ban the slaughter of America’s horses, they will continue to be shipped across federal borders for horsemeat which is sold as a delicacy overseas.
ABOUT USDA INSPECTIONS
USDA inspections must take place on site at each U.S. slaughterhouse in order for its meat product to be legally available for interstate commerce. The ban on the spending of taxpayer dollars for USDA inspections of horse slaughter, keeps foreign special interests from slaughtering our horses inside the U.S. The inclusion of the defunding language in the farm bill is therefore vital to protecting our horses from this insidious cruelty.
The truth is that there is no guarantee of humane treatment for any animal inside America's slaughterhouses. Yet foreign investors and special interest groups want YOUR tax dollars to re-open horse slaughter in the US and they are using every type of trickery available to mislead YOU to do it.
Numerous governmental reports and undercover investigations show that USDA inspections fail to stop insidious abuses from taking place inside US slaughterhouses. Substantial documented evidence reveals egregious violations and a total lack of enforcement by the USDA in U.S. horse slaughterhouses before they were shut down in 2007. If horse slaughter plants are reopened in the U.S., horses will undoubtedly suffer torturous agony on U.S. soil again.
See the US government in action as the truth gets burried
HOW TO HELP:
You can make a difference by urging your Representatives to support the ban of horse slaughter.
The phone number for the Capitol switchboard is (202) 224-3121 -- just ask to be connected to your state Representative's office.
You can also find the direct contact information for your state representative here>> http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Your state representatives need to hear from YOU, their constituents, to help insure that they stand strong representing your voice, your position against horse slaughter.
To voice your opposition to horse slaughter ask your representatives to support the Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013, bill numbers, SB1214 and HR 1942