Keep American Horses Safe from Slaughter

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Keep American Horses Safe from Slaughter

wpid-horse-slaughter.jpegThis horrible reality may be difficult to believe–lab tests recently confirmed that horse meat was found in packages labeled as beef products in some European grocery stores. When horses are slaughtered, or even sold off due to injury, illness, or old age, unscrupulous “kill buyers” sell them as meat for profit.  As long as the cruel, inhumane industry of horse slaughter is legal, we may be contributing to the sale of horse meat for human consumption.

Add your voice to animal welfare organizations who are urging the U.S. Congress to pass the SAFE Act, which would ban horse slaughter in all 50 states as well as the export of horses to other countries for slaughter.

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Why It Matters

The Safeguard American Food Exports Act (H.R. 1094 and Senate 541) is a bipartisan proposal to prevent horse slaughter in the U.S, ban exports of American horses to other countries, and protect U.S. consumers from the inclusion of horse meat in our food supply.

It is imperative that the SAFE Act is passed by Congress and signed into law. Congress recently allowed the ban on horse slaughter in the U.S. to expire. Oklahoma has already made horse slaughter legal and other states may follow if this federal legislation is not enacted.

The Animal Welfare Institute, Humane Society of the United States, and American Society for the Protection of Animals support the SAFE Act – as do the White House administration and President Obama, who deleted funding for horse meat inspections in his proposed 2014 budget as the first step toward eliminating the inhumane slaughtering of horses in the U.S. Because of the previous ban there are currently no horse slaughter operations to inspect. There will be no need to finance such inspections if the U.S. reinstates a ban.

Horses are pets, companions, sporting partners, therapy miracle workers and more to most people. The last place they belong is on our dinner plate. There is no excuse for the barbaric slaughtering of these majestic, gentle creatures, or for turning a blind eye while they are sold to be used as food products.

Video: New York State Assemblyman Jim Tedisco and Senator Kathleen A. Marchione call for legislation to protect NYS horses from being slaughtered and shipped overseas for consumption. Press conference at Old Friends at Cabin Creek in Greenfield, NY.

About Author

Kim ThomasKim Thomas is a freelance writer and mother of four; her family shares their Chicago-area home with two dogs, three cats and foster kitties. She volunteers with Almost Home Foundation, an all-volunteer organization that has rescued over 5,000 dogs and cats since its inception in March, 2005. Kim shares her love for pets and concern for animal welfare in her blog, CindyLu’s Muse – appropriately named after her strong-willed but irresistable pup, CindyLu, who occasionally injects her own views.View all posts by Kim Thomas →

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