Support H.R.961 now

MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER — Calling all Americans! We end March with one last plea to ask your U.S. Representative to cosponsor H.R. 961 to help us reach 290 cosponsors which will release the bill from its Committee assignments and get it onto the U.S. House floor for a vote. H.R.961 currently has 228 cosponsors.

We hear from some of you that you feel it is not appropriate right now to be “bothering Congress”. Mrs Farrell responded to this in the comment section of a post.

Some people have said they don’t want to bother their Representatives while the virus scare is going on and Congress is so busy. That’s honorable and considerate. BUT you can contact them via email or with PopVox and your request and comments will be directed to the Aide responsible for this bill (H.R.961). Each Aide then makes a report at the end of the month of how many calls, emails etc they have gotten on a bill, for or against, how strongly they feel about it, and reports it to the “boss” who then decides whether or not to cosponsor it. So please take action. It will only take you 10-15 minutes. Thank you. For the Horses!

Make a Call

Phone calls are tallied weekly. Know who your Representative is? Use the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and they will put you through. When your reach their office, remember to ask for the Aide handling H.R.961, the SAFE Act. Have your talking points ready. Type them up beforehand and read them. They probably won’t notice, but if they do they will be grateful you prepared yourself so well before you called.

Be sure to leave your name, address and phone number (you may also be asked for your email) and ask them to read it back to you for accuracy before you hang up. This is standard. They will not mind!

Contact your US Representative today online or by phone. Ask them to Cosponsor H.R.961.

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Talking Points

Here are some ideas to get you started:

H.R. 961 (the SAFE Act) — To prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States.

Tens of thousands of American horses are shipped each year to Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered for human consumption — a practice that 80% of American voters oppose.

American horses are not raised for food and routinely given a wide range of medications that are expressly prohibited for use in meat products for particularly for human consumption.

Phenylbutazone (commonly known as “bute”) is a painkiller used legally by more than 85% of US horse owners to treat everyday soreness and inflammation, is banned completely in food-producing animals.

Even so, the problem of horses and burros being butchered for human consumption persists because “kill-buyers” can legally purchase horses at auctions or from unsuspecting owners in order to transport them to slaughterhouses across US borders.

Horse slaughter being a predatory business, various regulatory agency ID documentation systems for slaughterbound horses, including “passports” showing a horse’s origin and medical history, have all miserably failed.

The problem of hundreds of thousands of American horses being shipped to slaughter across our borders has persisted for far too long and despite overwhelming public opposition to this practice.

The negative food safety and animal welfare concerns associated with the horse slaughter industry are simply too great to continue to ignore.

The US has a moral obligation to outlaw the slaughter of horses for human consumption and prevent unsafe horse meat from entering the human food chain.

Support the SAFE Act of 2019 by cosponsoring and voting for H.R.961.

Republican Support

Please see our call to action post on getting more Republican support. Anti horse slaughter bills have traditionally received bipartisan support. If they have cosponsored a similar bill in the past and not this time, it is mostly likely because they have not heard from enough of you. Remember, they are getting calls from those who oppose the bill too!

Horse meat cuts painted on a live, grazing horse.
Horse with Types of Meat Painted On.

Something to Consider

We know that some of you are thinking it is too late to get this bill through. So long as Congress is in session, it is not too late. Time, however, is of the essence. We need to get this done before the Summer Recess even if they shorten it or do not take it at all.

In the meantime, consider this.

H.R.961 is called the SAFE Act which stands for the Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2019. It is called that for a reason. Horses are given a long list of drugs throughout their lifetimes that bar their meat from entering the human food chain.

We need every single individual who cares about horses and food safety to take action on this bill. Surely everyone can see, with what we are going through right now, how urgent food safety is.

It is immoral of us as a nation to continue to ship toxic horse meat around the world knowing it is for human consumption. Would you have the U.S. behave as China?

Thank You

Thank you for taking action.

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Republican cosponsors and the SAFE Act

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Calling all Americans. Do you have a Republican Representative in the U.S. House? If so, help boost Republican support of the SAFE Act by asking your Representative to cosponsor H.R.961. Here’s why.

There are 435 voting members in the U.S. House. 218 equals a majority. As of this writing the SAFE Act has 228 cosponsorsHowever, in order to take advantage of the Consensus Calendar rule that moves a bill out of all its assigned Committees and accelerates it to a vote, we must achieve 290 cosponsors.

Here are the House Republican Representatives who have already cosponsored H.R.961 as of this writing:

Republican Party— Alphabetical

Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6]

Rep. Buchanan, Vern [R-FL-16] (Originating Cosponsor)

Rep. Budd, Ted [R-NC-13]

Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-42]

Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1]

Rep. Collins, Chris [R-NY-27]

Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-1]

Rep. Gaetz, Matt [R-FL-1]

Rep. Gonzalez, Anthony [R-OH-16]

Rep. Hill, J. French [R-AR-2]

Rep. Joyce, David P. [R-OH-14]

Rep. Katko, John [R-NY-24]

Rep. King, Peter T. [R-NY-2]

Rep. Mast, Brian J. [R-FL-18]

Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8]

Rep. Reschenthaler, Guy [R-PA-14]

Rep. Rutherford, John H. [R-FL-4]

Rep. Schweikert, David [R-AZ-6]

Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4]

Rep. Stefanik, Elise M. [R-NY-21]

Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2]

Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15]

Rep. Tipton, Scott R. [R-CO-3]

Rep. Turner, Michael R. [R-OH-10]

Rep. Van Drew, Jefferson [D-NJ-2]

Rep. Waltz, Michael [R-FL-6]

Rep. Zeldin, Lee M. [R-NY-1]


Take action

Is your U.S. House Representative on the list above? Good. If not, please contact your Representative and ask them to cosponsor H.R.961, the SAFE Act.

Not sure who they are? Find your U.S. Representative on the House website here using your 9-digit zip code. Click on their name and you will be taken to their website where you can use their constituent contact form.

Calls are superior to the action above. Telephone the Capitol Hill switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and request to be put through to your Representative by name. Note: They will not look it up for you.

When you reach their office, be sure to ask for and speak with the Aide in charge of H.R.961, the SAFE Act, request cosponsorship and give them the reasons why. Make sure to leave your name and telephone number with them (and email address if they want it) before you hang up.

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Everybody by all means, take part. Your Representative does not need to be a Republican to take action. The reason our plea is made in this particular way is that we must rally more Republican support. Every extra Republican cosponsor we achieve will be like gold.

Toxic horse meat

Surely with the coronavirus situation anyone can see how dangerous and highly immoral it is not to shield humanity from conduct that potentially threatens human health — especially with foodstuffs — situations which can be so easily avoided. Rest assured. There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that meat from American horses is toxic and not fit for human consumption. Learn more at “Ban Toxic Horse Meat”.

In the meantime, have you ever wondered why countries on the receiving end of toxic U.S. horse meat do not ban it? Answer. Horse meat sales make huge sums of money and they prize their pocketbooks above the health of their citizens. That, however, does not release us from our responsibilities and continue to send horses to slaughter for human consumption full of banned drugs proven toxic to human health.

About H.R.961

H.R.961, The Safeguard American Food Exports (the SAFE Act), is federal legislation that would prevent the horse slaughter industry from reestablishing operations in the U.S. and prohibit the export of American horses abroad for slaughter.

The SAFE Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 4, 2019 and referred to two committees: the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on Agriculture. On March 1, 2019, it was referred to the Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture.

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Ban toxic horse meat

Beauty was a 'throwaway', a horse on a slaughter-bound feedlot that nobody wanted. Well, I wanted her! Image: Remembering Beauty website.

MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER — All sorts of sources are being suggested in connection with the current virus scare. Did you see this?

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PETA is being mocked and ridiculed by social media users after implying that eating meat may cause coronavirus.

The aggressive animal rights organization made the shocking suggestion on Twitter last week, writing: ‘Carnivorous is an anagram of coronavirus. Coincidence? We think NOT!’

Thousands of commenters have replied, accusing PETA of spreading dangerous misinformation and also pointing out a few unflattering anagrams of the name ‘PETA.’

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It’s being quoted all over social media. Love ’em or hate ’em, PETA certainly know how to draw attention to animal cruelty issues.

Horse Meat is Toxic

Here’s something there’s no doubt about — horse meat is toxic and can be very dangerous to anyone who eats it, particularly pregnant women. Like many foodstuffs that are potentially lethal, people don’t drop dead after eating it. It develops over a period of time then strikes.

There’s a laundry list of drugs that bars horse meat from entering the human food chain with a zero withdrawal period; others a six month withdrawal period. It is hard to imagine any horse in American society going six months without receiving any one or half dozen of the following barred drugs. Here they are.

Barred Drugs


Clenbuterol (Ventipulmin)
Diethylstilbestrol (DES)
Ipronidazole and other nitroimidazoles (including metronidazole)
Furazolidone, Nitrofurazone, other nitrofurans
Dapsone (4-[(4-aminobenzene)sulfonyl]aniline)
Glycopeptides (antibiotics such as vancomycin)
Gentian violet (Tris(4-(dimethylamino)phenyl)methylium chloride)
Aristolochic acid (8-methoxy-6-nitrophenanthro[3,4-d][1,3]dioxole-5-carboxylic acid) and preparations thereof
Hormonal steroids for growth promotion purposes (testosterone, progesterone, trenbolone
and derivatives)
Anabolic or gestagenic steroids for therapeutic and/or zootechnical purposes (boldenone and estrogens such as 17ßestradiol, estriol, and other sex hormones)
All ß-agonists (e.g. compounds belonging to the Clenbuterol family
Stilbenes ((E)-1,2-Diphenylethene and isomers), salts and esters
Thyrostats (Thyroid hormones, derivatives like Levothyroxine and their agonist such as
thiouracils and sulfur-containing imidazoles)


Altrenogest (gestagenic agent, MRLs set to 1 μg/kg in fat and 0.9 μg/kg in liver)
Carprofen (NSAID with uses similar to phenylbutazone but less potent; MRLs set to 500 μg/kg in muscle, 1,000 μg/kg in fat, liver and kidney)
Cefquinome (antibiotic; MRLs set to 100 μg/kg in liver and 200 μg/kg in kidney)
Ceftiofur (antibiotic; MRLs set to 1,000 μg/kg in muscle, 2,000 μg/kg in fat and liver and 6,000 μg/kg in kidney)
Dexamethasone (corticosteroid; MRLs set to 0,75 μg/kg in muscle, 2 μg/kg in liver and 0.75
μg/kg in kidney)
Febantel, Fenbendazole and oxfendazole sulphone (antiparasitic agent; MRLs set to 50 μg/kg in muscle, fat and kidney and 500 μg/kg in liver)
Firocoxib (NSAID; MRLs set to 10 μg/kg in muscle and kidney, 15 μg/kg in fat and 60 μg/kg in liver)
Flunixin (NSAID; MRLs set to 10 μg/kg in muscle, 20 μg/kg in fat, 100 μg/kg in liver and 200
μg/kg in kidney)
Ivermectin (antiparasitic agent; MRLs set to 100 μg/kg in fat and liver and 30 μg/kg in kidney)
Kanamycin (antibiotic; MRLs set to 100 μg/kg in muscle and fat, 600 μg/kg in liver and 2,500 μg/kg in kidney)
Mebendazole (antiparasitic agent; MRLs set to 60 μg/kg in muscle, fat and kidney and 400
μg/kg in liver)
Meloxicam (NSAID; MRLs set to 20 μg/kg in muscle and 65 μg/kg in liver and kidney)
Metamizole (NSAID; MRLs set to 100 μg/kg in all relevant tissues)
Moxidectin (antiparasitic agent; MRLs set to 50 μg/kg in muscle, and kidney, 500 μg/kg in fat and 100 μg/kg in liver)
Neomycin (antibiotic; MRLs set to 500 μg/kg in muscle, fat and liver and 5,000 μg/kg in
Trimethoprim (anti-infectious and chemotherapy agent; MRLs set to 100 μg/kg in all relevant tissues)
Vedaprofen (NSAID; MRLs set to 50 μg/kg in muscle, 20 μg/kg in fat, 100 μg/kg in liver and 1,000 μg/kg in kidney)

Although the painkiller Bute is the most commonly given drug, all of the drugs listed above are routinely given to horses throughout the United States, especially those involved in racing.

However, not only are medicines administered to U.S. horses, but also compounds not
catalogued per se as “medicines” are frequently given to U.S. horses, such as dimethyl
sulfoxide (an lab grade polar aprotic solvent used as a liniment on horses to treat sore legs),
protein supplements and, much like beef cattle, bone meal, which is a known vector for BSE
or “mad cow” disease. [1][2]

Take Action

Contact your U.S. Representative to cosponsor H.R. 961 (the SAFE Act) banning the slaughter of horses and export for the purposes of slaughter. As of this writing, H.R.961 has 228 co-sponsors. Our goal is 290 to force a House vote. We need to get busy . . . very busy.

Calls are best. The capitol switchboard number is (202) 224-3121 for those of you who already know who represents you in D.C. If you aren’t sure, find them here. Ask to speak to the Aide taking calls from constituents regarding H.R. 961. Be sure to leave your name and contact information before hanging up. You might ask them to repeat it back to you. They won’t mind.

If you can’t get on the phone, then email Representative via the House Directory. If you are thinking of emailing them, we have a suggestion that is far superior to that, with guaranteed delivery and that they will see it and it will count!

Interact with Congress with POPVOX

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Take a few minutes to sign up with PopVox using an email and password to create a free account. Already have an account? Go to Log In Screen.

Weigh in on everything that matters to you with PopVox — including bills pertinent to horses. Speaking of which, see the Fund’s Stakeholders Page at PopVox listing all bills relating to horse safety and protection plus why we endorse or oppose them. There’s plenty of talking points there to help you too!

For those of you stuck at home, it is a great opportunity to take action in aid of our horses. Thank you so much.

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Drugs Banned in Slaughter Horses, PDF, 3 pp (Remains Current 2/20/20) .

Calling everyone especially Republicans against horse slaughter

Horses held in a pen awaiting export for slaughter to Mexico. Photo by Kathy Milani for HSUS.

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!

Unresponsive Republicans

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 you look at the cosponsors for H.R. 961 there are indeed very few Republican cosponsors. It is mostly Democratic.

We need to find out why, and the best way is talk to them.

We are hiring extra lobbyists to visit Republican members of Congress who have cosponsored previous bills against horse slaughter but have not done so for this one, to find out what is going on.

Here’s how you can help with that.


First, find out if your U.S. Representative has already cosponsored here.

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.

Seen bleeding from the nose a filly awaits death along with her travelling companion. They died a brutal and terrifying death, thanks to horse racing. Source: DEADSPIN.
Seen bleeding from the nose a filly awaits death along with her travelling companion. They died a brutal and terrifying death, thanks to horse racing. Source: DEADSPIN.


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.

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Horses before the auction at Shipshewana. These were racing, riding, and show horses. But the slaughterhouse buyers were there to bid on the least expensive horses. Source: Animal Angels.
Horses before the auction at Shipshewana. These were racing, riding, and show horses. But the slaughterhouse buyers were there to bid on the least expensive horses. Source: Animal Angels.


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.


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