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US Friends, Please Support the Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013

April 22, 2013

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Every year, tens of thousands of American horses are crammed into livestock trailers and trucked to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico—and we may soon see slaughterhouses opening in states like New Mexico and Oklahoma. After a long and frightening journey, these horses are shot with a rifle or a captive-bolt gun, are hoisted by one leg into the air, and have their throats slit so that their flesh can be sold to other countries for human consumption. Many of these horses are former companion animals or were used for sport and have been treated with drugs that are not safe for human consumption.

PETA investigators found Royale With Speed—the grandson of Triple Crown winner Secretariat—in a crowded “kill pen” at a livestock auction in Iowa. Royale With Speed, who had contracted a contagious disease known as strangles and was severely dehydrated and feverish, was sold to a meat buyer for just $350. PETA investigators followed one transporter from the meat buyer’s property in Iowa to a slaughterhouse in Québec and witnessed how the 33 horses aboard the trailer endured this 36-hour ordeal in subfreezing conditions and were never given food, water, or a chance to unload. Undercover footage taken inside the Québec facility revealed that at least 40 percent of the horses were still conscious after receiving a captive-bolt shot to the head. One horse suffered through an agonizing 11 shots before finally collapsing. PETA was able to save Royale With Speed, who has regained his health at his forever home, but tens of thousands of other horses continue to be sent to slaughter.

Passing a complete ban on horse slaughter has never been more important. Please use the form to urge your senators and representative to co-sponsor the Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013 (S. 541/H.R. 1094), which would ban horse slaughter in the U.S, end the transport of American horses to foreign countries for slaughter, and prevent the public from consuming horse flesh that is laden with dangerous drug residues. If passed, it would effectively end the slaughter of American horses for food—both here and abroad.

Buried deep in President Obama’s 244-page budget proposal is a request to remove all funding of U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors at horse slaughter plants. This is great news because if the budget passes, it means that horse slaughter will once again be illegal in the U.S.

This measure is fantastic news, but we also need to make sure that no American horses are being sent out of the country to be killed. Please urge Congress to pass the bill that will ban horse slaughter in the U.S. and forbid the transport of horses to Mexico and Canada for slaughter: the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act.

Until Congress acts, American horses will continue to die.

humans already eat too many animals.
now mr ed???
try going vegan or vegetarian

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

3 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    April 22, 2013 11:42 am

    humans already eat too many animals.
    now mr ed???
    try going vegan or vegetarian


  2. May 31, 2013 11:03 am

    L’odio verso gli animali e’ la sconfitta dell’intelligenza umana.


  3. July 10, 2013 11:24 pm

    Just plain heartbreaking…I am so against the inhumane treatment of our history…horses made our countries and the politicians, kill buyers, truckers, slaughterhouse workers are just plain filth.


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