Concerned groups, organizations and individuals have spoken out about numerous horse slaughter issues in Mexico, Canada, the United States, about cruelty, abuses and corruption of the horse slaughter industry, and also about inherent dangers of horse meat. It is safe to say that this issue still sizzles in the background though it is not presently blazing in headlines. It is now April 7, 2014, and our Safeguard American Food Exports Act (to End Horse Slaughter) remains very important. Horse lovers and proponents simply cannot let down defenses.
Horses aren’t raised for human consumption in the U.S. They regularly are given drugs unsafe for food animals yet hundreds of horse-administered drugs – expressly prohibited by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - are toxic to humans. Drugs are not tracked for horses and no assurance can be given about horse meat safety.
There is overwhelming opposition to horse slaughter by the general public, by many well-known personalities, by a number of bipartisan leaders on the political scene, and by several lawsuits. Still the horse slaughter issue is being pushed by a few that are not swayed by the majority of their fellow citizens and apparent public opinion.
Not emphasized often enough is the flagrant cruelty and outright dishonesty that occurs from the dealings of the kill buyers to the transport of the doomed horses to the killing in the slaughterhouse. We now have the added insult of the federal government potentially spending taxpayer resources to open new horse slaughterhouses at a time when animal welfare should be given better consideration and food safety is severely stretched – and, of course, the resounding public opinion that gets so easily overlooked.
And let us never forget that we consider ourselves in the United States as a humane and enlightened society. We practice civility and humaneness to people and animals. We do not eat our cats, dogs and horses.
Therefore, the call to action continues. The most positive action now is to seek passage of legislation currently being held in Congress –
This bill would ban horse slaughter in the United States, while ensuring American horses are not exported to Canada or Mexico for the same purpose
Everyone can help with email, letters, phone calls and tweets to your representatives and senators. You can urge your legislators to act at once in support of the SAFE Act.
Included here are three links that can help with information and contacts.