Stop Horse Slaughter

At Farm Sanctuary, we oppose the slaughter of animals for food — period. We wouldn’t eat a dog or a pig, a cat, or a chicken — or a horse. But horse slaughter is particularly gruesome for a variety of reasons. First, horses are especially skittish animals, so the entire process is even more terrifying for them than it is for many other animals. Second, horse slaughterhouses are few and far between, so transport to slaughter can take days, through all weather extremes. Third, horses are not raised for slaughter, so horses sent to slaughter are usually former race or companion horses who are purchased at auction by kill-buyers. Many are sick or lame even before they’re auctioned off and shipped hundreds or even thousands of miles to a terrifying death.

Fortunately, the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (HR 1942), was recently introduced in Congress. The bill’s name focuses on the fact that U.S. horses have often been fed drugs that are unsafe for human consumption; the effect of this bill is to shut down the horse slaughter industry once and for all.


Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators.

If s/he is not already, please urge your Representative to co-sponsor the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, HR 1942. If s/he is already a co-sponsor, please thank her/him for standing up for animals.

And, please ask both of your senators to introduce a Senate version of the bill.

Look up your legislators' phone numbers

Find out if s/he is already a co-sponsor here: House .

If they are already a sponsor, call and email to thank them. If they are not, please call them right away. You can just say something such as: “My name is ______, and I am a constituent. I am calling to ask that Sen/Rep. ____ co-sponsor and strongly support the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, HR1942, to protect our nation's horses.” 

Be sure to leave your name and phone number and to ask for a call back from someone who can tell you what your members’ positions are. 

After making your phone call (please do not skip this crucial step!), fill in and submit the form below to automatically send a follow-up message to your members of Congress (please adapt the form to thank them if they are already a co-sponsor). Legislators receive a lot of email, so be sure to edit your message so it stands out.

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