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 members of Congress to pass the bipartisan “Save America’s Forgotten Equines” (SAFE) Act of 2021, which was introduced by U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D.-Ill.) and Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.). This bipartisan legislation would ban horse slaughter in the U.S. for human consumption and end the exportation of live horses to Mexican and Canadian slaughterhouses.