The Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act would permanently ban the slaughter of horses in the United States and end the export of American horses for slaughter overseas.
WASHINGTON, June 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) commended the U.S. House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce for adopting two key horse protection bills: Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act (HR3355), federal legislation that would permanently ban the slaughter of horses in the United States and end the export of horses horses intended for slaughter overseas, and the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (HR 5441), which would end the cruel practice of horse soring. where chemicals and devices are used to inflict pain on show horses to force an exaggerated, high-stepped gait often referred to as the “Big Lick”. The ASPCA recently testified before the subcommittee in support of these bipartisan bills.
“Congress voted to ban horse slaughter well over a decade ago by large bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate and acted over four decades ago to end the cruel practice. of horse soring, but legal loopholes have allowed American equines to be exported to other countries for slaughter and horse injuries persist largely due to industry self-policing,” Katlin KraskaDirector of Federal Legislation for the ASPCA. “The ASPCA is committed to the welfare of all equines and we are working hard to provide support to horses in need, but we cannot succeed while the slaughter pipeline remains open as it impedes directly the return of the horses. We are grateful to President Schakowsky for her leadership in moving this bill forward, and we urge the entire Energy and Commerce Committee to quickly pass the SAFE Act to finally put end this shameful chapter in American history and provide protections for American horses and the people who love them.”
Despite congressional efforts that have effectively blocked the operation of horse slaughterhouses on American soil since 2007, tens of thousands of American horses continue to be shipped to Canadian and Mexican slaughterhouses that supply other countries with horsemeat. The slaughter industry will only be stopped if Congress acts, and when they do, research published in 2017 finds that 2.3 million Americans have both the keen interest and the resources to adopt a horse. Compare that figure to the roughly 23,000 horses that were exported for slaughter last year – and the trend is even lower this year – there will be homes and good care for these horses for decades to come. With the equine industry and horse shelters working together to increase adoptions and provide safety net programs to help keep horses in homes, there are plenty of options for horses in need. It is high time to close the door on slaughter for the sake of horses, owners and the welfare of the equine industry.
A recent national poll found that 83% of Americans oppose the slaughter of horses for human consumption and, through the ASPCA’s Equine Transition and Adoption Center, Texas and Oklahomaalmost 75% of horse owners indicated that the fear of slaughter caused them to keep their horse longer than expected, underlining how much slaughter hinders welfare.
The SAFE Act is co-sponsored by more than half of the U.S. House of Representatives, meaning it would pass if put to a floor vote. The bill must now be approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee before it can be put to a vote on the House floor.
For more information on the ASPCA’s efforts to protect horses from slaughter, please visit www.aspca.org.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first animal welfare organization to be established in North America and is today the nation’s leading voice for vulnerable animals and victims. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and animals. farms across the United States. The ASPCA helps animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty response, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and community advancement. shelters and veterinarians through research, training and resources. For more information, visit www.ASPCA.org and follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.