Fund Horse, US Flag and Capitol Dome. Vivian Grant Farrell.

Let’s double up our efforts in Washington for our horses

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Join us in doubling up our support of two bills pending in the U.S. House of Representatives (1) against horse slaughter and (2) against horse soring.

Double Up with Us.

If you have been following us you know we have been very busy in State legislatures across the U.S.

We are now working on bills pending in Washington D.C. that could significantly impact the health and safety of our horses.

Here are two ways you can truly influence legislation and make your voice heard. One involves cutting edge technology. The other is as old as Ma Bell herself.

Please take action by endorsing the following bills with your Representative in Washington.

• H.R. 113 against horse slaughter (the SAFE Act)

• H.R. 1847 against horse soring (the PAST Act)

We need to get at least a majority of the House to co-sponsor these bills — 218. Ideally, it would be highly advantageous to get 2/3rds so we can use a special procedure to bust them out of the Committees they are in and onto the floor for a vote.

We cannot continue to sit back and accept defeat as a given because of who is in office, or might be working against us, or that these are animal bills and not as important as the ones that impact human lives. They are important. Very important. The way we treat animals impacts their lives and the humans involved.

1. Sign up with POPVOX and endorse these two bills. That’s the cutting edge technology.

Legislators and their staff use PopVox. That means that they will see what you think and count your endorsements and oppositions.

And you will be able to follow the bills, see what others are saying, how many are who’s for or against them, a map showing support and opposition around the country, and more.

Or . . .

2. Telephone your Representative and ask them to co-sponsor these two bills. Yes, you heard us right. Call!

Calls are having more impact right now in Washington D.C. than any of us can recall and we’ve been at this nearly 15 years.

If you know your Representative call (202) 225-3121 for the U.S. House switchboard operator.

When you are put through, be sure to give your name and address to the person answering your Representative’s phone so they can identify you as a constituent. They may not ask! If you want a reply from your Representative you must request that too. It is not automatic.

Find your Representative here »

Whether via POPVOX or via the telephone you will get quicker action. Letters take forever. Automated pre-formulated messages often aren’t counted, or batched together and counted as one. Don’t waste your time.

And speak from the heart. That is what your legislators really want to hear. It may take a bit more time than a point and click message, but aren’t our horses worth the extra effort, especially considering how much is at stake with both of these bills?

From what we hear, some of you are doing both! We love it.

According to D.C. lawmakers who spoke at a rally last night, they are hearing from constituents in record numbers and they want more, not less — more. So let’s bring it on.

Remember these are bipartisan issues.

Double Up with a Donation

We have a dollar for dollar matching gift campaign going on right now that will help us put more boots on the ground in Washington D.C. visiting and talking with key legislators and their staff about these bills.

We have a big presence. Help us keep it and make an even bigger one.

Thank you so very much.

Visit Our Popvox Page


If you wish to take further action, please see all the horse related bills pending in Washington »

Like to help out as a volunteer? Go here »

See also Help Us Get 2/3rds of the House to co-sponsor the PAST Act »


While you are on PopVox or speaking with your Representative’s Office you may wish to support another bill, H.R. 1406, the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017. This Act was introduced “To amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption”.  It is sickening to think we need to prohibit this but sadly we do.

Horse by Bob Langrish. Image created by Vivian Farrell.

6 thoughts on “Let’s double up our efforts in Washington for our horses”

  1. Individual actions are what matters, and these proposed actions are very good, and solid advice is in this post. Don’t get upset if the fringe groups like PETA don’t join in; in a GOP-controlled Congress, they won’t help and might hurt the credibility of the legitimate mainstream organizations that are doing a lot of excellent work.


  2. I may be wrong – but I believe I read that PETA is NOT against horse slaughter! That might be why they havent supported 113 – dont understand why they wouldnt support 1847, tho – if they are against animal abuse.


  3. Just so you know, those elected to be our representatives have a ton of control. For example, last year two bills were presented against horse slaughter: HR 1942 in the house and Senate 1214. Our illustrious folks elected refused to allow these bills OUT OF COMMITTEE. Is the same thing going to happen again this year? Refusing bills to be heard has consequences. It’s called eliminating your job Mr. Congressman/Congresswoman! Two can play this game of not allowing bills not to be heard. Perhaps they need to be reminded who pays their salary. And reminded a lot! When you write them (yes, put it in writing and a reply) remind them who provides their funds.


    1. There are ways to get these bills out of committees. But we must have a majority of Congress backing them. The way to prove it is with cosponsors. Keep working to get as many as we can. HR 1847 in good shape. The horse slaughter bill needs help. Let’s do it.


  4. Today I supported both Bill 1847 and Bill 113.
    The deliberate soring of Tennessee Walking horses under the guise of “tradition” is actually cruelty to animals.
    If it weren’t for the powerful networking of animal abusers throughout Tennessee and Kentucky this would have been outlawed years ago.
    It’s time to completely stop this inhumane treatment of a horse by passing Bill 1847.
    It’s no secret that most, if not all, racehorses coming off the racetracks have a multitude of drugs in their body.
    These drugs are dangerous to human consumption, and since many racehorses end up at slaughter when they are no longer profitable, it’s imperative to pass Bill 113.
    I saw the Tuesday’s Horse, and US Humane Society strongly support these bills, but I was surprised not to see such groups as PETA, Mercy for Animals stepping up to the plate for these Bills – at least not yet.

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