An Iowa slaughter house has stopped its plan to destroy horses for human consumption. There is also a plant in New Mexico that has put slaughtering horses for supermarkets on hold due to litigation by the state’s attorney general.
While other countries slaughter horses, dogs and cats for the human food market, the United States has long opposed adding these animals to their menus.
The ASPCA is urging the general public to write their congressmen to enact the Safeguard American Food Exports Act (SAFE).
SAFE will ensure no horse meat will enter the food supply in the United States and prevent export to equine consuming countries. It will also protect U.S. horses from the slaughter house for human food consumption. However, their flesh will continue to be used for pet food.
Horsemeat can be toxic to humans due to medications that are present in their system at time of slaughter.
Horses have a special relationship to Americans. They hold an integral job in ranching and have proven to be one of the most effective therapy aides to the disabled.
Milwaukee residents are encouraged to let Congress know that horses do not belong on Americans’ dinner table and we do not provide them the indignity on anyone else’s table. We do not eat horses in America we honor them.