S. 541/H.R. 1094—The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act
Sponsors: Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Representatives Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).
ASPCA Position: Support
Action Needed: Call and email your U.S. senators and representative in Washington, D.C., today to ask them to cosponsor the SAFE Act and to thank them if they are already cosponsors!
UPDATE: In January, Congress voted to ban horse slaughter in the United States by prohibiting the use of federal tax dollars on horse slaughterhouse inspections. Unfortunately, a loophole exists: horses can still be sent over our borders for slaughter. Congress needs to keep up its momentum on protecting horses and pass the SAFE Act to stop horse slaughter for good!
The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act 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 horse meat.
The cruelties associated with horse slaughter are well-documented. Passage of the SAFE Act will not only permanently ensure that predatory horse slaughterers cannot reopen their doors here in the U.S.—it will also stop the trafficking of horses to slaughterhouses over our borders.
There is no such thing as a commercial horse slaughter plant that does not inflict cruelty on horses. And horse slaughter is not only bad for horses, it’s also bad for people. Meat from American horses is unsafe for human consumption. Our horses are not raised as food animals; they are raised to be companions, sport competitors or work partners. Horses are routinely given medications and other substances that are toxic to humans and are expressly forbidden by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in animals intended for human consumption.
Recent reports that horse meat accidentally entered the food chain overseas illustrate that horse slaughterers are incapable of preventing horse meat from mingling with their other products. If it can happen there, it can happen here.
Congress opted to prevent horse slaughter in the United States by not funding inspections in the FY2014 consolidated spending bill. This means that enacting a permanent ban on the slaughter of American horses, here and across our borders, has never been more urgent!
What You Can Do
Please take a moment to send a polite email to your federal legislators in Congress and urge them to cosponsor the SAFE Act (S. 541/H.R. 1094), a bill to ban the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. Even if you've emailed your legislators in the past, please do so again.
For even more impact, make a brief, polite phone call to your representative and senators in DC. Calling is fast, easy and the best way to reach your legislators. Look up your legislators' names and phone numbers here. Don’t be nervous about calling—it’s easy, fast, and by far the most effective thing you can do! You can use this script when speaking with the receptionist:
“Hi, this is _______ and I am your constituent residing in [town and state]. Now that Congress has prohibited horse slaughter in the United States, I urge Representative/Senator _______ to support the SAFE Act, legislation to close the loophole that allows horses to be exported for slaughter. Thank you!”
On behalf of our nation’s horses, thank you for your help!