Permanently Ban Domestic Horse Slaughter – Pass the SAFE Act
Action Alert from


Humane Farming Association (HFA)
April 2016


It is illegal to slaughter horses in the U.S. However, thousands of U.S. horses are trucked to slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada each year.

Last year’s massive federal spending bill defunded horse slaughter inspections by USDA meat inspectors. Since such inspections are required by federal law for slaughterhouses to operate in interstate commerce, the defunding put a temporary end to horse slaughter ONLy until September 30, 2016.

We now have an opportunity to permanently ban domestic horse slaughter with the “Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act.” The SAFE Act would permanently outlaw horse slaughter and prohibit the transport of horses across U.S. borders.  

Tell your U.S. Representative to cosponsor HR 1942 by Representative Frank Guinta (R-NH), and ask both of your U.S. Senators to cosponsor S 1214 by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act.

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Why are these horses shipped to slaughter?

  • Demand for horse meat in other countries
  • Competition for public land (cattle 'ranchers' want the land, water for cows who will be slaughtered for humans to eat)... Right now over 50,000 wild horses are in Bureau of Land Management 'holding pens'
  • Overbreeding (thousands of horses are sent to slaughter because they did not 'perform' well enough to produce millions of dolllars for the owners of horses for racing, for equestrian events, etc.)
  • Neglect (horses are left to starve, left with untreated injuries, abused by their 'owners' who decide to sell them off to be slaughtered rather than care of them)

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Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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