USA: It’s Time to Ban Horse Slaughter Once and for All

U.S. H.R. 3355/S. 2732 —Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act
ASPCA Position: Support
Sponsors: Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL); Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME)

The cruel horse slaughter industry preys on horses, their owners and people who care about them across the United States. Every year that passes without a federal ban on horse slaughter dooms tens of thousands of equines—work partners, athletes, trusted friends—to unnecessary and inhumane deaths. Every horse in this country, no matter how loved, is just one bad sale away from slaughter.

To protect horses and the people who love and care for them, we must pass the Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act—federal legislation that would prevent the horse slaughter industry from reestablishing operations in the U.S. and prohibit the export of American horses for slaughter.

Survey results published in 2017 revealed that 2.3 million adults in the U.S. have both the desire and resources to immediately adopt a horse. This means that there were more than enough homes for the approximately 35,000 American horses who went over our borders to slaughter last year—if only they had been given the opportunities to find them. The ASPCA is helping by directing vast resources into massively increasing horse adoption nationwide, but equine welfare will always be at risk while this underground industry is permitted to exist.

Passing the SAFE Act will give at-risk horses a chance to find loving homes. Please contact your lawmakers now and urge them to support the SAFE Act of 2021.

What You Can Do

Using the form below, please take a moment to email your U.S. lawmakers urging them to cosponsor the SAFE Act. If your legislator has already signed on to be a cosponsor, our system will instead generate a message of thanks.

On behalf of America's horses, thank you!