Protect American Horses from Brutal Slaughter and Sale

Target: Paul Ryan, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

Goal: Protect horses from slaughter and sale for human consumption.

Nearly 150,000 horses are shipped to Canada and Mexico yearly for human consumption despite the fact that 80 percent of Americans believe eating horses is unethical. Current U.S. laws prohibiting horse slaughter for human feasting must be renewed annually and do not prevent export of American horses who will knowingly be slaughtered food.

Some may argue that these horses are not healthy and would thus be slaughtered anyway, but horses sold for food are priced by the amount of meat, just as any other food animal. So, healthier, meatier horses bring more money, making it far more plausible that perfectly healthy horses are being given a one-way ticket to someone’s stomach.

Even more horrifying than the brutal slaughter of such magnificent animals is the torture they must endure prior to their death. Horses have intense flight instincts and a strong physical make-up, which makes them incredibly difficult to stun, frequently requiring multiple blows to the head before becoming unconscious. No animal deserves to suffer this way.

Fortunately for horses in America, there is a surprisingly simple solution: H.R.1942 the Safeguard American Foods Act is currently before the House and would both permanently ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in America as well as ban the exportation of horses for food slaughter. Sign the petition below and tell the House of Representatives to pass this bill and protect all American horses from this awful fate.


Dear Representative Ryan,

Eighty percent of Americans believe horses should not be human food. Despite that, nearly 150,000 horses are exported for slaughter and human consumption each year. Current U.S. laws prohibiting horse slaughter for human ingestion apply only to horses slaughtered in the U.S., not those being exported for certain death, and must be renewed annually.

In addition, healthy horses sold to slaughter have intense flight instincts and strong physique at full strength. This makes them incredibly hard to stun, which means they’re often stuck in the head several times before becoming unconscious. They’re subjected to this terror after a frightening cross-border trip leading these glorious and strong animals to human stomachs.

Thankfully, the House has before it H.R.1942, which would make this brutality permanently illegal in the U.S. and would also ban exportation of horses for the purpose of human food. We, the undersigned, demand this legislation be passed without delay.


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  1. Please stop killing everything. This is so sick and so wrong on every level. Gods creatures are not ours to destroy!! Stop this disgusting and unacceptable behavior now. Its hard to believe humans can do this. I am appauled and so upset. Stop this NOW!!!!!!

  2. America prides itself on being a country living in the 21st century. What kind of example are we setting for the rest of the world to allow this type of “behavior”. It needs to be stopped NOW!

  3. What is this obsession with eating animals?

    We are NOT carnivores or even omnivores by nature. We have forced our bodies to adapt in order to animals.
    Even if we are omnivores, given the amount of food available in 1st world countries, there is absolutely no reason to add horses to the already long list of animals slaughtered for human consumption.

  4. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

  5. So typical,, yanks won’t eat horses because it’s wrong, yet they allow them to be abused, shipped off to other hell hole countries to be eaten tortured & abused… not just America,,, Australia, UK & other so called civilized countries do the same bloody dealing in Animal flesh & cruelty>>>> WISH a meteor would just wipe out the whole world, then all these Animal atrocities will stop!!!!!

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