Racehorse killings continue at California racetracks. California Governor Gavin Newsom who was very vocal during Santa Anita’s final season of death has gone quiet.
Three racehorses have already been killed at Del Mar. What is he waiting for? How many killings does it take? Yes, we know that the State is still recovering from the wildfires. As sorry as we are, we can’t help that.
Calling all Californians. Contact Governor Newsom to suspend all California horse racing indefinitely until they get to the bottom of all of these racehorse deaths.
Not a Californian? We should all take part, from wherever you are. It will demonstrate that this issue is still under intense public scrutiny. This issue is far from over. This issue is not going away.
The current race meeting at Del Mar runs to Sunday, December 1, 2019. To date three horses have been killed.
We are excited to announce our Fall version of March Against Horse Slaughter held last month was another huge success. We are still sifting through the mountain of information we gathered and totalling up the numbers on how many we reached (it’s in the many 1000s), what they had to say and why they felt that way. Brilliant!
One trending item we were most surprised about regarding H.R. 961 (The SAFE Act) is how few Republican lawmakers have cosponsored it and how often this was mentioned. Republican lawmakers, your constituents are NOT happy.
Anti horse slaughter legislation has always had widely bipartisan support — supported by both Democrats and Republicans. It has never been a strictly Democratic or Republican issue.
The jaded among us have said their support was likely because Republican lawmakers knew previous bills had holds on them and were never going to make it, so could freely support a bill going nowhere and make themselves look good to constituents. This type of behavior is also what makes us disregard the “humane scorecard” so called. It’s easy to back animal friendly bills, making yourself look good along the way, when knowing they have no chance in Hades of success. But we digress!
While street teaming the H.R. 961 across the country, numerous people told us that they have been contacting their Representatives to cosponsor the SAFE Act and a huge amount of Republicans have ignored them, even the ones who have traditionally have backed previous anti horse slaughter bills.
If they have not and happen to be Republican, please contact them and ask them to cosponsor this Bill, especially if they have cosponsored legislation like it in the past.
If they they have not cosponsored, regardless of their political party, please contact them again — and ask them again.
MAKE THE CALL
The most effective way is to do this is by phone. When calling, you should ask to speak to the Aide working on HR. 961 — The SAFE Act.
When you get them on the phone tell them that this bill is highly important to you not just for the sake of the horses but also for food safety.
The U.S. should not be sending its horses to slaughter who have been given numerous drugs making their meat toxic for human consumption and a threat to human health, foreign or otherwise.
Ask that the Representative cosponsor H.R.961 at his or her earliest opportunity. If they have cosponsored previous anti horse slaughter bills but haven’t done so for this one, mention that, and state that it is very important that they cosponsor and vote “yes” on this one.
The Capitol Switchboard Number is (202) 224-3121.
The alternative is to email your U.S. Representative directly or use their online form.
Time is of the essence. We need a massive push to get the cosponsors we need. It’s way past time we have accomplished this, and is becoming a matter of urgency considering what is going on in Washington at the moment. It is a big distraction. Let’t help Congress keep their eye on the ball on our issues.
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Those who fear a ban on horse slaughter — such as the racing industry who kills horses on the track and also sends them to be murdered for their meat off of it — are spending huge sums of money to defeat this bill. So are the Quarter Horse people, rodeo groups and millionaire horse sorers, to name a few. Together “we the people” have big money too.
There’s also this. Constituent power is just as influential as money. Oh, yes it is. Perhaps even more so. Without your vote, lawmakers don’t get elected no matter how much money they raise or get paid off.
Let’s come together now and make those calls, and send those messages, to Congress that we want this thing done. In this Congress. We demand that horse slaughter is outlawed.
We know we and the horses can count on you. We always have.
Thank you for following us and taking part on issues like this so critical to our horses’ safety, well being and happiness.
Horse meat consumption was written about in 2017 more than any other in recent times. Trends have changed very little since then. One article in particular caught our attention. It’s by Brandon Gaille.
Gaille starts out with, “Although horse meat consumption is actually illegal in some countries, most notably the United States, it is a widely consumed product in other parts of the world and sometimes a primary part of a household’s diet.” 
To our knowledge it is not illegal nor has it ever been illegal to consume horse meat in America. Historically, there has been virtually zero demand.
It is, however, illegal to slaughter horses on American soil. The last three U.S. horse slaughterhouses — two in Texas and one in Illinois and all foreign owned — were shuttered in 2007. Texas and Illinois implemented laws that not only banned the slaughter of horses but also the selling, giving and possession of horse meat intended for human consumption. This, of course, did not stop the slaughter of American horses. Hundreds of thousands of American horses have been sent across its borders to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered for human consumption ever since.
Gaille states that “The European Union is by far the largest consumer when it comes to horse meat” and “over 200,000 horses every year are slaughtered to create a meat supply in the European Union.” 
HORSE MEAT TABOO
Horse meat is considered taboo and not generally available in English-speaking countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, the United States, and English Canada. It is also taboo in Brazil, Israel, and among the Romani people and Jewish people the world over. Horse meat is not generally eaten in Spain, except in the north, but the country exports horses both as live animals and as slaughtered meat for the French and Italian markets.
HORSE MEAT EATERS
Horse meat is eaten in many countries, including Mexico, Belgium, Canada, Chili, Spain, Iceland, France, Russia, Kazakhstan and many Eastern European, South America, South East Asian, and Eastern countries such as China and Japan.
China produces more horse meat than any other country in the world, creating nearly half of the world’s supply. Historically Russia has the biggest appetite for horseflesh.
Interestingly, Russia has recently committed to spending RUB180 million to subsidize the production of local horse meat. By 2020, Russia expects to increase their horse meat production capabilities by at least 50%.
Italy eats almost the same exact amount of horse meat every year as Russia does and produces 50% of the horse meat that the European Union consumes every year.
Belgium imports more than 44 million pounds of horse meat per year and most of that comes from North America, making them the largest per capita consumer.
TOXIC AMERICAN HORSE MEAT
Considering the laundry list of prohibitive drugs routinely administered to American horses which bars their meat from entering the human food chain, is it ethical that the U.S. continues to send its horses to slaughter? Shouldn’t the U.S. outlaw the slaughter of its horses for human consumption?
AMERICANS — TAKE ACTION
If the SAFE Act (Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2019) or H.R.961 currently pending before the 116th U.S. Congress (2019-2020) becomes law it will ban the toxic U.S horse met from entering the human food chain.
As of this writing, The SAFE Act has 208 cosponsors. We need to reach 290 cosponsors to bypass Committee and move the bill for debate and vote in the House. See Consensus Calendar provision. We still have a lot of work to do. Your voice is necessary.