Update (June 24, 2022): The SAFE Act advanced through a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee within the Energy and Commerce Committee on June 23. This advancement puts it closer to action in the U.S. House and Senate.
Update (September 21, 2021): Federal lawmakers reintroduced the Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act—legislation that would permanently ban horse slaughter in the U.S. and end the current export of American horses for slaughter. Please take action below!
Update (July 2, 2021): On July 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Carter-Fitzpatrick Amendment to the INVEST in America Act, which would ban the transport of equines across state lines or to Canada or Mexico for slaughter for human consumption. The bill will now go to the U.S. Senate for consideration.
Every year, tens of thousands of American horses are crammed into livestock trailers and trucked to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. Many of them are former companions or were used for racing and have been treated with drugs that aren’t safe for human consumption.
PETA investigators found Royale With Speed—grandson of Triple Crown winner Secretariat—in a crowded “kill pen” at a livestock auction in Iowa. The horse, who was suffering from a contagious disease known as strangles, was sold to a meat buyer for just $350. PETA followed a trailer from the meat buyer’s property in Iowa to a slaughterhouse in Québec and saw that the 33 horses being transported in it endured this 36-hour ordeal in subfreezing conditions without once being given food, water, or a chance to unload.
Eyewitness footage taken inside the Québec facility revealed that at least 40% of the horses were still conscious after receiving a captive-bolt shot to the head. PETA was able to save Royale With Speed, but tens of thousands of other horses are sent to slaughter every year.
Please use the form below to urge your senators and representative to cosponsor the SAFE Act (H.R. 3355) in the U.S. House of Representatives. If passed, this bipartisan amendment would permanently ban horse slaughter in the U.S. and end the export of American horses for slaughter.