For horses to be spared cruel and needless deaths.

The slaughter of equines for meat is not only inhumane, eating horsemeat poses serious health risks. Since U.S. horses are not intentionally raised for food, many are given a wide variety of drugs that make their meat unfit for human consumption.

American horses in pens ready to be transported for slaughter in Mexico
Terrifying transportation

Horses sent to slaughter are typically transported in cramped, dangerous trailers. They cannot balance properly and they are denied food, water and rest. They are often seriously injured or die before arrival.

Kathy Milani / the HSUS
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The vast majority of horses who become victims of this industry could be sold, donated or otherwise rehomed. But once a horse goes to auction, "kill buyers" outbid legitimate horse owners and rescues, robbing horses of ever having a second chance at life.

The facts on horse slaughter
Wild horse in the Sand Wash Basin of Northwestern Colorado stands in the open desert landscape

Are brutally slaughtered abroad each year so their meat can be shipped overseas for human consumption, including working, racing and companion horses—even ponies.

Horse with loving owner

Support a ban on slaughtering horses for human consumption.

Horses in safe and caring environment

Sent to slaughter are healthy and would be able to live out happy lives if given the chance.

American horses are held in export pens in Texas and New Mexico before transported to slaughter in Mexico.

The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act would ban domestic horse slaughter and stop the export of horses for slaughter abroad. Urge Congress to pass this crucial legislation.

Kathy Milani / The HSUS