Tens of thousands of terrified horses and burros, both wild and domestic, are loaded up onto trucks in the United States and driven to Canada and Mexico for slaughter every year. Congress will once again take up the SAFE Act to decide whether to continue to allow slaughter of U.S. horses and burros. We must act now to finally get this law passed!
In a spirit of bipartisanship, U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL) reintroduced the Safeguard American Food Exports Act into the U.S. House of Representatives as H.R.961. This bill would prohibit the sale and transport of equines to slaughter for human consumption. These two humane Congressional leaders had introduced this bill in the past, and by the end of the 115th Congress in December 2018, there were 219 cosponsors in the House! However, certain members blocked the bill from going up for a vote, so it was reintroduced in the current 116th Congress.
In just two weeks since the bill was reintroduced, 35 cosponsors (25 D, 10 R) signed onto it. In time, the companion SAFE Act bill will be introduced into the Senate with bipartisan cosponsors. We will alert you to contact your senators when that occurs.
1. Personal contact with Congress is the most effective thing you can do. Please find your one U.S. representative's number on the Federal tab here and make a call requesting support for the bill.
State your name, your town or city, and telephone number. Be courteous. If you have time to check if your representative is one of the current cosponsors of the SAFE Act, please do. If so, then you can simply call to thank.
To view the current co-sponsors, click here and then click on the "show" link:
If not, or if you don't know, you may wish to say:
In the spirit of bipartisanship that Americans demand, please join Reps Jan Schakowsky and Vern Buchanan and cosponsor the Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2019, H.R.961. Please do everything you can to make sure it passes quickly this year. 80% of Americans, including your constituents, oppose horse slaughter. This bill has a past history of much support in Congress, but has never been allowed to come up for a vote. This bill has languished long enough!
2. Then please send our email.
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Cosponsor the SAFE Act!
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