Ask Your Members of Congress to Pass the SAFE Act
Action Alert from


Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
January 2014

[Ed. Note: Also read America's Horse Slaughter Controversy]


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Please take a minute to contact your members of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor and support the SAFE Act, which would keep toxic horse meat out of the food supply. Please be polite and encouraging. We have provided text for you, but feel free to personalize it. Use the following talking points as a guide:

  • I am writing as a constituent to urge you to co-sponsor and support the SAFE Act.
  • After a recent court decision, new horse slaughter plants could open in the United States before the end of the year.
  • Horses in the United States are raised as companions and sport animals, not for human consumption.
  • The majority of horses in the United States are routinely given medications that are dangerous to humans, untested on humans, or prohibited for use in animals raised for human consumption.
  • There is no system in place to track these drugs and treatments to ensure that horse meat is safe.Please support the SAFE Act and do everything you can to ensure its swift passage.

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Horses are safe from slaughter and human health is safe from the dangers of horse meat – for now. But despite a recent promising development in this ongoing battle, the slaughter of horses for food is still legal in the United States. We need your help to ban this practice forever: Please contact your elected officials today and urge them to pass the SAFE Act.

A provision in Congress’s current spending bill would effectively prevent the horse slaughter industry from operating in the United States, at least for another year. The bill prohibits the U.S. Department of Agriculture from funding the inspection of horse slaughterhouses, which cannot legally operate without federal inspectors. Although this bill represents a major achievement, it leaves room for the possibility of allowing horse slaughterhouses to operate in the future. We need to keep the pressure on Congress to pass a permanent ban.

The bipartisan Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act outlaws the slaughter of American horses both at home and abroad as well as the sale of horse meat to, from, and within the United States. If passed, it would curtail the grave threat to human health horse meat poses.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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