Each year, 100,000 American horses are butchered for their meat and subsequently sold to countries across the globe, particularly in Europe and Asia.
Although there are no horse slaughterhouses in the United States, these innocent animals are put up for auction where they are often purchased for the horse meat trade. From the auction block, the horses are loaded onto cramped trucks and shipped to slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada, where they are mercilessly butchered and sold worldwide.
Despite the fact there are no official horse slaughterhouses in the U.S., a petition on Care2 states that only a few states have officially banned horse slaughter, and there is no nationwide law to protect horses from slaughter. This has led to unregulated backyard slaughter operations across the nation that are not only harming animals but are polluting the environment and putting the health of humans at risk. The risks are so real, that the petition’s author states the EU banned horse meat shipments from Mexico last year.
Additionally, the petition explains that the Trump Administration’s proposed budget would remove restrictions on inspections of U.S. slaughterhouses and end the rules that prevent horse slaughterhouses from running.
The petition calls on U.S. Representatives to co-sponsor the Safeguard American Food Exports Act (SAFE Act) of 2017, which would ban the slaughter of horses on domestic territories as well as outlaw the shipment of horses to be slaughtered in other countries. According to the petition, 80 percent of Americans oppose the slaughter of horses, so banning the practice will be met with widespread approval.
If you hate to see horses treated this way and butchered for consumption, please take a moment to sign this petition in support of the SAFE Act of 2017. As humans’ loyal, reliable, and hardworking companions for centuries, horses deserve far better treatment and respect than this.
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