Stop Slaughtering and Exporting Horses for Human Consumption

Target: Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives

Goal: Ban slaughter of horses for human consumption in the U.S., and prohibit the exportation of live horses intended for human consumption.

The last horse slaughter house in the U.S. was shut down back in 2007 but it is still legal to slaughter horses for human consumption in the United States. Also thousands of unwanted horses are exported to other countries to be subjected to slaughter for human consumption. The transport is long and often without food or water. Horses do not deserve to be treated inhumanely like this. We must act now to for the sake of these neglected horses.

About 100,000 horses are shipped out to Canada, Mexico and the European Union every year. The U.S. auctions off these horses for very cheap to buyers who will send the horses to slaughter. An investigation was held at these auctions by an animal rights organization, and the findings were difficult to accept. They found that almost every buyer “demonstrated a complete lack of concern for the well-being and the welfare” of these animals and that many injured and sick horses “are often left to die alone.”

Sign this petition and urge Congress to pass the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, which would ban the consumption of horse meat in the U.S. and ban the sale of horses for known consumption or transport for consumption.


Dear Representative Pelosi,

A bill introduced to Congress, dubbed the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, would ban the consumption of horse meat and ban the export of live horses intended for consumption.

Nearly 100,000 horses are shipped out to Canada, Mexico and the European Union for consumption every year. The horses are auctioned off at very cheap prices to “kill buyers” who send the horses to slaughter. An investigation was held at these auctions by an animal rights organization, and the information they gained is disturbing. Almost every buyer “demonstrated a complete lack of concern for the well-being and the welfare” of the horses and that many of the injured and sick horses “are often left alone to die.”

Please consider the well-being of these gentle creatures and support the SAFE Act. Not only are these animals mistreated and neglected in this cruel trade but it is also unsafe for humans to eat horse meat.


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  1. The cruel, callous treatment of horses, and their consumption as meat, must stop.
    Why limit this to horses? The exploitation, cruelty and torture of ALL animals must stop. None of it is acceptable and none is excusable.
    If we can live and be healthy without torturing animals, why wouldn’t we? Please stop participating in animal cruelty and go VEGAN.

  2. Kathryn Irby says:

    Animal Welfare Over Profits!!! Stop the killing of innocent, beautiful horses merely for the sake of financial gain NOW!!!


  4. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    I am a devoted long time horse owner and lover of animals, and it makes me ill to see any animals suffer for human consumption, (I am not VEGAN).
    To see horses aerial shot and left to rot on the ground is wasteful. Many are shot for dog food and others filled with poison to rid the area of other wild life.
    Humans in Europe have been consuming horse meat for many years and the horses, for the most part, are treated with respect in a proper animal slaughter facility.(Well, often better than the poor sheep, cattle, pigs and goats etc.)
    I don’t have a problem if these killing were done as humanely as possible, for those carnivorous people who don’t want to change their habits, but I hate seeing the heinous treatment of any innocent animal!
    I also hate seeing waste!
    So what is to become of all these tens of thousands of beautiful horses? Is every signatory going to re-home one or two until they pass away of old age or illness? I just don’t know what the answer really is at this point.
    I have rescued many and are down to my last senior boy, and am too old and crippled up to take on any others. Most of mine lived into their 30 years or more. It is a huge financial cost and a massive heart break as they leave this world. Like you I want every animal to live free and a natural life, but in reality the human race has constantly over bred every animals for their food and pleasure and then, like a spoilt child, want to throw them away for a newer one…!

    • “The only difference between a dog, cat, horse and dolphin and a cow, chicken, pig and turkey is perception. One is no more valuable than another. And yet in this culture, we hold the former animals in high esteem and the latter we brutalize for food. All animals are deserving of respect and freedom from violence. The way to respect others is veganism.”

    • You could say the same about the human species.
      What is to become of the billions of human species who are responsible for the atrocities committed against other species and the destruction of our Planet?
      The human species is multiplying rapidly and something must be done to stop this over population and save our planet.

      • You think exactly as I do, Bev! I have a feeling, though, that the only way other animals will stop suffering us (IN)human(E) fools, is by humanity becoming extinct.

  5. Lisa Pineiro says:

    Americans don’t eat horses & American horses are not fit for human consumption anywhere on Earth…
    This MUST end

  6. As a Democrat, I implore you to intervene.

  7. This is sickening and heartbreaking. These innocent, beautiful horses were not put on this earth for human consumption. Please stop this cruel unnecessary act!!!

  8. Stop the horse slaughter and give them a safe place out to pasture instead, PLEASE! They are a beautiful animal and healthy otherwise..just make it stop and let them roam free on private land who loves, takes care of horses, so do what’s right by them. We don’t NEED to eat horse meat myself, I’d rather go mostly vegan because of terrible acts like this!

  9. The Murder of animals.. you say humane.. there is no such word.. these beautiful intelligent innocent animals do not want to die any of them.. they fight tooth and nail to get out.. they are not stupid.. if l had my way every slaughterhouse would be closed as these poor animals are all tortured and abused its barbaric cruelty to everiof them.. when those animals leave the farmer to go to slaughter it’s sickening torture misery they go through.. we should all start loving animals not eating them it’s outdated and wrong and should stop now leave meat off your plates don’t support murder and torture it’s the only way to stop them all being murdered they don’t deserve this at all

  10. What else does the human species commit on the innocent just to fill their vile guts and for pure GREED. Always the defenceless and innocent sentient beings made to suffer just for the sadistic and greedy human species.

  11. Caryl Sawyer says:

    Way past time! Nice to see Congress actually DO SOMETHING!

  12. Yes, I agree with Bev, no one seems to acknowledge that the world is over populated. This earth can’t substain the worlds human numbers. And the cattle (which the slaughter is just as horrific) now use 30% of the entire land surface of the world, causes the green house gas methane which is causing the climate change to bring our world closer to an end. But I believe the horse consumption is mostly in Euroupe-where they have killed off most of their horses for food in fancy Restruants. But Canada still belongs to the Queen. The other slaughterhouses are in Mexico where the horse is stabbed to death. So we all must do whatever we must do to stop all this tragic inhumane suffering. I urge everyone to that its:
    Time to pass the ;
    SAFE ACT!!
    Call US Capitol Switchboard
    To find your lawmakers
    TELL them it’s time to get the SAFE ACT out of its elitist committee deadlock and onto the floor IMMEDIATELY for a vote!
    Dear Dem. Rep. Nancy Pelosi,
    Please use your influence and don’t keep letting our wonderful majestic awe-inspiring, intelligent, sentient horses suffer the tortuous heinous act of slaughter.
    D. Page

  13. So wrong and sad, that we allow these sadist people to exploit animals to such degrading abusive treatment!
    What would help, is if people would stop supporting the racing industries and rodeos and other industry competitions, that breed thousands of horses every year, for only a few that meet their criteria and the rest end up in slaughter, because there are just not enough people out there to buy them and give them a good home. So the kill buyer picks them up at the auctions. If you breed a mare for a foal, then you keep them for life for pleasure and respect…if you sell them, they have a 95% chance of ending up in a slaughter plant! And that’s a fact! Stop supporting these industries who keep breeding thousands of horses that they are not going to keep!!!! Otherwise, you are helping to send these horses to misery and slaughter….think about it!!!! Stop supporting horse and other animal exploiters!!!!

  14. Stop & pursue this criminal rabble and this deformity  –  instantly!

    Not humane than barbaric, really stupid and worthless criminal and ignorant ASSHOLES, which should be banned on an island for their whole lives! Or not?

    It’s time hold all those responsible for authorizing and overseeing the implementation of torture against fellow EARTH inhabitants & creatures accountable. A special prosecutor is the most comprehensive way to do that.  

  15. Are we third world when it comes to animal abuse? Why is this happening?? These horses suffer unimaginable pain and suffering, why are you allowing this? Do your job.

  16. Lisa Allred Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗?

  17. Renate Ingelsheim says:

    That is what they did the same in WW I, see film “WAR HORSE”. But this is outdated, we now live 100 years later !!!

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