This 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.
- Petition to all Congressional Representatives to ban horse slaughter now
- Urge your representatives to protect horses and keep our food safe
- Call your legislators and ask them to support the SAFE Act
- Petition IKEA, Taco Bell, and Burger King; ask them to keep horse meat out of our food
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.