Horseshoes for Congress

Horseshoes for Congress Artwork. Created by Vivian Grant Farrell.
Horseshoes for Congress Artwork. Created by Vivian Grant Farrell.


We thought it might be interesting to look back at some of the things we have done over the years.

The Internet Archive people at the Way Back Machine have stored random selections from our original website ( It’s amazing to look around there.

Vivian started it all with a group called Texans for Horses in 2001 whose prime mission was to shut down the two horse slaughter plants operating there. From Texans for Horses Vivian began a nationwide group called The Fund for Horses in October 2003.

The very first campaign we did as The Fund for Horses was launch a large scale campaign in support of H.R. 857, The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives, and called it “Horseshoes for Congress”.

We asked constituents to mail a horseshoe to their U.S. Representatives with a letter, a postcard or a tag on it, asking them to cosponsor H.R. 857.

Some folks who lived in the Dallas area went to one of the plants and got some of the shoes from horses who had been slaughtered there to send to Washington D.C.

We found a few pages regarding our Horseshoes for Congress campaign in the Way Back Machine archive. Here are two.

As of October 25, 2003, 96 horseshoes had been sent.

As of February 14, 2004, 2326 horseshoes had been sent.

From what those of us who are still around from those days can remember, just under 3000 horseshoes were mailed to Congress.

Sadly, we are still fighting to put a total end to the slaughter of American horses. It’s been a long and often heartbreaking journey. The battles have been too many. Too often. But never say die, right?

There’s a bill banning horse slaughter pending right now — H.R. 961. We are asking for everyone’s support.

Historically, our anti horse slaughter bills have died in Committee. However, there’s a rule we can use to break free whatever committees a bill has been assigned to, and get it moved on to the House floor for a debate and vote. We need 290 cosponsors to do it.

We have never been in a stronger position to get a bill like this passed.

Do you have 10 minutes to help? You can do it all online.

Please check to see if your U.S. Representative has cosponsored H.R. 961, and if not contact him or her right away. Go here to get started.

You can do it all online. We have a page right here on Tuesday’s Horse which will take you through it step by step.

290 cosponsors sounds like a lot, but we have reached 240 cosponsors before, and are confident we can reach what 290 and more. But it will take a nation. And we are that nation. A horse loving nation.

Thank you!

Citizens of Illinois — take action against horse slaughter

US Capitol Dome and Flag.

US Capitol Dome and Flag.

H.R. 961 — the “SAFE Act of 2019”

A big hello to the great citizens of Illinois.

Are you ready to take action and help get us the necessary cosponsors to blast H.R. 961 (The SAFE Act of 2019), out of Committee and onto the House Floor for a vote?

Below are all of the U.S. Representatives from the State of Illinois. If they have already cosponsored they are marked with a big YES.

If they have not cosponsored, you know what to do.

For those new to the process, here’s a link that walks you through it without leaving Tuesday’s Horse. Should take about 10 minutes. Please note that this is a bipartisan issue.


IL 1st district: Bobby Rush (D) (since 1993)

IL 2nd district: Robin Kelly (D) (since 2013)

IL 3rd district: Dan Lipinski (D) (since 2005) — YES!

IL 4th district: Jesús “Chuy” García (D) (since 2019)

IL 5th district: Michael Quigley (D) (since 2009) — YES!

IL 6th district: Sean Casten (D) (since 2019) — YES!

IL 7th district: Danny K. Davis (D) (since 1997)

IL 8th district: Raja Krishnamoorthi (D) (since 2017) — YES!

IL 9th district: Jan Schakowsky (D) (since 1999) – INTRODUCED H.R.961

IL 10th district: Brad Schneider (D) (2013–2015, 2017) — YES!

IL 11th district: Bill Foster (D) (since 2013) — YES!

IL 12th district: Mike Bost (R) (since 2015)

IL 13th district: Rodney L. Davis (R) (since 2013)

IL 14th district: Lauren Underwood (D) (since 2019) — YES!

IL 15th district: John Shimkus (R) (19th 2003–2013, redistricted in 2013)

IL 16th district: Adam Kinzinger (R) (11th 2011–2013, redistricted in 2013)

IL 17th district: Cheri Bustos (D) (since 2013) — YES!

IL 18th district: Darin LaHood (R) (since 2015)

• Source: — H.R. 961 Cosponsors by State in Alphabetical Order.

Magic Number — 290

We need a minimum of 290 cosponsors to take advantage of the Consensus Calendar Rule which we can use to move the Bill onto the House Floor for debate and vote regardless of Committee assignments.

H.R. 961 was introduced by your own Rep. Janice Schakowsky [D-IL-9]. As of this writing, H.R. 961 has 151 cosponsors.

Horse Slaughter & H.R. 961

H.R. 961 is not just eliminating toxic horse meat from the human food chain, as important as that is. It is also very much about eliminating the slaughter of horses on U.S. soil and transporting them outside the U.S. for the purposes of slaughter.

The language is quite specific. Under SEC. 3. PROHIBITIONS it reads:


“(3) the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for purposes of human consumption is hereby prohibited.”.

Read full Bill text here »


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Last updated 6/19/19 7:56 a.m. EST


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NTRA will support a law banning horse slaughter

Thoroughbred Racehorses in Stalls. Google image.
Thoroughbred racehorses look out from their stalls. Google image.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 12, 2019) – The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced today that it will support the passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 961) that would prevent the horse slaughter industry from reestablishing operations in the United States and prohibit the export of American horses abroad for slaughter. The action was taken at the regularly scheduled meeting of the NTRA Board of Directors held in New York on June 6.

“The slaughter of horses for human consumption is something the NTRA has opposed for many years,” said NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop. “In the last decade alone, thousands of retired U.S. racehorses have been adopted and transitioned to second careers. The development and growth of quality racehorse aftercare programs continue to be a high priority for the industry.”

About the NTRA

The NTRA, based in Lexington, Ky., is a broad-based coalition of more than 100 horse racing interests and thousands of individual stakeholders consisting of horseplayers, racetrack operators, owners, breeders, trainers and affiliated horse racing associations, charged with increasing the popularity, welfare and integrity of Thoroughbred racing through consensus-based leadership, legislative advocacy, safety and integrity initiatives, fan engagement and corporate partner development. The NTRA owns and manages the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance;; the Eclipse Awards; the National Horseplayers Championship; NTRA Advantage, a corporate partner sales and sponsorship program; and Horse PAC®, a federal political action committee. NTRA press releases appear on, Twitter (@ntra) and Facebook (

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Review team will decide if horses fit to race at Santa Anita

In this March 5, 2019, file photo, a statue of Zenyatta stands in the paddock gardens area at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. A second horse in two days and 29th overall died at Santa Anita, Sunday, June 9, 2019, where management has chosen to continue racing for the rest of the current meet. (Jae C. Hong, File/Associated Press)
In this March 5, 2019, file photo, a statue of Zenyatta stands in the paddock gardens area at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. A second horse in two days and 29th overall died at Santa Anita, Sunday, June 9, 2019, where management has chosen to continue racing for the rest of the current meet. (Jae C. Hong, File/Associated Press)

Cross-posted from the Washington Post »

ARCADIA, Calif. — Santa Anita has put together a five-member team to review horses’ medical, training and racing history for the final six racing days at the Southern California track where 29 horses have died since December.

The Arcadia track’s season ends June 23, with racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week and next.

Led by the California Horse Racing Board’s equine medical director, Dr. Rick Arthur, and chief steward, Darrel McHargue, the review team includes independent CHRB vets and stewards, who supervise the outcome of horse races.

The review team will decide if individual horses are at elevated risk of injury before racing. They will look at any history of a horse on the veterinarian’s list and steward’s list as well as medical and race history and physical observations of the horse.

All five members of the review team must agree that a horse isn’t at elevated risk of injury in order to clear the animal to race. One objection can prevent a horse from racing. Continue reading »

Originally Posted By Associated Press June 13 at 12:06 PM

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You can’t make this stuff up. So they weren’t already doing that — making sure a horse was really and truly fit to race? These people are beyond belief.  Anything to keep racing. The current season is mercifully over on 23rd June. So the parade of death will stop there. For awhile. — Tuesday’s Horse. 

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