Thank You for Leading on the SAFE Act to Ban Horse Slaughter!
As your constituent and as a supporter of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), I want to thank you for leading on the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 961), to ban horse slaughter for human consumption. Animal protection is a priority for me, and I appreciate you taking a stand on such an important issue.
Please Cosponsor the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act
As your constituent who cares about horses and our food supply, I am writing to ask you to cosponsor the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 961). This legislation will prohibit the inhumane slaughter of American horses for human consumption and protect consumers from eating toxic food products. Horse slaughter is a cruel, unnecessary, predatory industry that has no domestic market and threatens human health. Eighty percent of American voters oppose the slaughter of horses for human consumption, and yet each year approximately 80,000 American horses are trucked to Mexico and Canada where they are brutally slaughtered. Please consider the following facts: - Horse slaughter is inherently cruel and inhumane. Because horses' instinctual flight response makes them ill-suited for stunning, they often endure repeated blows and sometimes remain conscious during their dismemberment. The low demand for this industry means that horses are trucked long distances without food, water or rest. Many die or are injured in transit. - Research published in 2017 found that there are 2.3 million American adults who have the desire and the resources to adopt a horse right now. That means homes are waiting for the unlucky horses sent to slaughter across our borders, we just have to give them an opportunity to find them. - American horse meat is unsafe for human consumption. Because horses are not raised as food animals in this country, they are given medications and other toxic substances that are expressly forbidden for use in animals intended for human consumption. There is no system in place to trace the drug histories of American horses so we jeopardize human health every time we allow a horse to be slaughtered for diners overseas. Animal protection is a priority for me, and I appreciate you taking a stand on such an important issue.