Horses in the U.S. are not raised for food. They are bred for transportation, farm work, sport and companionship—not for meat.

But some groups are eager to bring horse slaughter plants back to the U.S.—despite the terrible cruelty of horse slaughter, the risks to human health associated with tainted horse meat and the legacy of environmental and economic damage to communities where horse slaughter plants have operated.

The HSUS is fighting for horses, and the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act would protect them from the horrors of slaughter.

You can help horses by following these steps.

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Tell your legislators

Call, email, and visit your legislators. Urge them to cosponsor the SAFE Act to end horse slaughter.

These are the most important points to make to representatives:

  • Horse slaughter is unacceptably inhumane.
  • Eighty percent of Americans are opposed to horse slaughter. They don't want horse meat served at the dinner table and they don't want their tax dollars spent on inspecting meat bound for foreign markets.
  • Horses are commonly exposed to drugs and other substances that are expressly forbidden for use in animals used for food, making their meat unfit for human consumption. Meat laced with toxic products such as fly sprays and dewormers is dangerous to human health.
  • Horse slaughter plants have been linked to air and water pollution, lowered property values and increased crime rates in the areas where they're located.
  • The SAFE Act (H.R. 113/S.B. 1706) would keep U.S. horse slaughter plants shuttered and end the export of horses for human consumption.

Take your message to social media

Facebook: Post on your legislators' Facebook pages, urging cosponsorship of the SAFE Act to end horse slaughter. Already cosponsors? Thank them for their support!

  • Eg. "Please cosponsor the SAFE Act to protect horses from slaughter!"
  • "Thanks for cosponsoring the SAFE Act to protect horses from slaughter!"

Twitter: Tweet at your legislators and urge them to cosponsor the SAFE Act to end horse slaughter. Already cosponsors? Thank them for their support!

  • Eg. ".@joesmith Please cosponsor the #Yes2SAFE #EndHorseSlaughter"
  • ".@joesmith Thanks for cosponsoring the #Yes2SAFE #EndHorseSlaughter"

View social media handles for your two U.S. Senators. View your U.S. Representative's social media handles.

Be sure to use #Yes2SAFE #EndHorseSlaughter in your message to connect with other advocates!

Speak out in the media, and inform the public

Attend Town Hall meetings

You don’t need to be an expert on slaughter or even a horse owner. You simply need to do your homework, and follow our tips for attending town hall meetings.

Some town meetings are conducted in person, while others follow a call-in format. You can find the schedule for upcoming meetings by visiting the websites of your federal legislators or calling their offices. The U.S. Capitol switchboard’s number is 202-224-3121.

Volunteer with a horse rescue group

Help out at your local horse rescue facility. Rescue work is a demanding, round-the-clock job requiring dedication, resources and lots of hands-on help. Contact your local horse rescue and offer to lend a hand feeding, grooming, fundraising or organizing volunteers.

Support the Doris Day Equine Center

The opening of the Doris Day Equine Center in Murchison, Texas, marked a new chapter for equine rescue. The Doris Day Equine Center incorporates humane training methods of “natural horsemanship” in a rescue setting to identify and retrain at-risk horses for adoption.

  • Volunteer at the center if you live nearby.
  • Donate money or construction materials—such as tack, fencing and other supplies.
  • Adopt a horse from the center.

Help the Homes for Horses Coalition

Co-founded by the HSUS, the Homes for Horses Coalition is a group of equine welfare and rescue organizations dedicated to ending horse slaughter and equine abuse as well as promoting collaboration and professionalism in the equine rescue community.