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Each year, more than 100,000 American horses -- working, racing and companion horses and even children's ponies -- are horrifically slaughtered for human consumption. They are inhumanely transported long distances across our borders, in cramped trailers without food, water or rest. Then they are brutally slaughtered, and their meat is shipped overseas. Sadly, the vast majority of the horses that become victims of this predatory and deceptive industry are young, healthy animals who could have led productive lives with loving owners if they'd been given the chance.
Not only is slaughter immensely cruel, but U.S. horses are not raised for food, and over the course of their lives they are given a wide variety of drugs and veterinary treatments that make their meat unfit for human consumption.
Congress must act to completely end this horrific practice once and for all. The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 113, would ban domestic horse slaughter and stop the export of horses for slaughter abroad. This vital legislation is needed to fully protect our American horses from ending up on foreign dinner plates. Horses have stood by us as our loyal companions throughout history -- we owe it to them to protect them from abuse.
Calling is the one of the most effective actions you can take. Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. Representative to urge co-sponsorship and to push for the passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act. Look up your legislator's phone number. You can simply say, "Please co-sponsor the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, H.R. 113, which would keep horse slaughter plants shuttered in the U.S. and end the export of horses for human consumption."
After your call, use the form below to send a follow-up message. Editing your message will help it stand out.