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.
[Your Name Here]
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