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American horses are an iconic symbol of the Wild West and the spirit of freedom the United States was founded upon. Despite being constant loyal companions to humans for centuries, tirelessly assisting in the advancement of agriculture, transportation, and the expansion of civilization, American horses are targeted by the government, cattle ranchers, and horse meat traders at alarming rates.

From 2008-15, an average of 127,000 horses were killed each year according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA reported that a staggering 92 percent of these horses were deemed to be healthy in “good” condition.

America’s wild horses are frequently rounded up to clear land for cattle ranching, where they are then taken to holding cells before they are presented before bidders on the auction block. Although the last American horse slaughterhouse shut down in 2007, horses are still butchered in backyard slaughter operations, while a majority of them are shipped to Mexico or Canada where they are butchered and subsequently sold to countries around the world, particularly in Europe and East Asia.

U.S. Senators from New Jersey, South Carolina, Rhode Island, and Maine are bringing forth a Senate version of the SAFE Act, which would ban the slaughter of horses on American land and prohibit the shipping of horses abroad to be slaughtered. (A House version of the Safe Act was introduced in January of this year by Representatives from California, Oregon, New Mexico, Florida, and Illinois, and it has received bipartisan support from 148 co-sponsors.) The SAFE Act will not only protect our horses from unnecessary slaughter, it will also protect humans who consume horse meat, as American horses are given any number of 375 medications that are not safe for human consumption, and some can even be lethal.

Please note that while the SAFE Act would protect horses from slaughter to be sold for meat, it does not protect horses from being culled and killed by the Bureau of Land Management.

American horses need all the help they can get. To help be a voice for them, please take a moment to sign a petition in support of the SAFE Act. Many people are completely unaware of the atrocities that American horses face, so PLEASE share this with your network to help gain further support for the cause!

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0 comments on “The Act to Ban the Slaughter of American Horses Has Been Reintroduced! You Can Support it Now”

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sophia lynne
8 Days ago

IF THEY ARE NOT KILLED HERE, THEY WILL BE SHIPPED TO OTHER PLACES WHERE THERE ARE NO FUCKING STANDARDS, SUFFER WITHOUT FOOD OR WATER ON THE JOURNEY AND BE KILLED IN PAINFUL, BRUTAL AND HORRIFIC WAYS.

WHY DON\'T YOU KNOW THAT YOU FUCKING MORONS?

TAKE THIS DOWN AND SAVE THE HORSES... YOU ARE DOING HARM.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE SHOVED INTO A HOT TRUCK, PACKED AGAINST OTHER SUFFERING HORSES AND DRIVEN IN DEATHLY HEAT AND FREEZING COLD TO BE BRUTALLY AND HORRIFICALLY KILLED, OR LEFT ON THE KILLING FLOOR BLEEDING IN AGONY?

THAT\'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE KILLING ISN\'T DONE HERE.

CANADA AND MEXICO HAVE NO RULES.

PAIN, TERROR AND HORRIFIC SUFFERING ARE THERE INSTEAD OF LAWS.


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JOHN PASQUA
11 Days ago

SIGNED THE PETITION FOR THE GREAT HORSES.


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Tammy
11 Days ago

You people may think what you are doing is kind & compassionate, but by shutting down slaughter houses in the U.S. you are condeming horses to a worse horror by having them jammed into trucks & driven for days without food, water or a place to lay down. If a horse goes down in the trucks, they are left to be trampled breaking legs or causing death. If they go to Mexico, the method of treatment & death is worse than in the U.S. or Canada.
You believe you are helping, but what you are honestly doing is cruel. What do you think should be done with horses that are no longer wanted? Rescues are completely out of room & many of the rescuers are sending the horses to slaughter anyway or letting them die because they had no intention of "rescuing" anything but themselves. Most rescues are great & working hard to take in as many unwanted, abused, neglected & abandoned horses as they can, but it\'s expensive to keep one horse & without finances to cover costs of feeding & vet care since many of the horses are abused & starved & need vet care, then space is limited at many of them. Then what?


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Gerald Miller
11 Days ago

Horses are not house pets, they are livestock. Allow them to treated as such.


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moonlit
11 Aug 2017

Wild horses are not livestock and should not be killed to clear land for cattle ranching. No one is suggesting that we take them into our homes and make them our pets. Animals are not on earth for humans to torture, kill and eat.

Carola
11 Aug 2017

I don\'t treat "livestock" as "property" to be used, abused and discarded by farmers and ranchers. "Livestock" animals are just as sentient, intelligent, sociable, caring and affectionate as "house pets." They are individuals with dignity and lives that matter to them. They deserve respect. They deserve compassion. They deserve sanctuary. They deserve to be free.

What a rotten attitude you have toward them.



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