The Suffering of Horses Act: The SAFE Act

The SAFE act: encourages the use of pesticides and other drugs on horses including experimental drugs, prohibits the humane processing of horses, and interferes with intrastate, interstate and foreign commerce.

Animal Rights Proponents HSUS: “Horse slaughter actually prevents horse rescue;”

  • According to HSUS, there “are at least 30,000 horses in short- and long-term facilities” kept by the BLM.  Obviously the BLM has thousands of horses up for adoption but they are not wanted by any rescues.  HSUS has made it next to impossible to process these horses because of bills like the “SAFE” Act.

Animal Rights Proponents HSUS:  State anti-cruelty laws prohibit owners from allowing their horse to starve if unwanted.

  • What does a responsible citizen do with an unwanted horse when there are no buyers including no rendering plants or slaughter houses?  Better yet, what does the Humane Society of the United States do with unwanted dogs/cats?

Animal Rights Proponents HSUS:  If an owner can no longer care for a horse, that person has a responsibility to seek out other options for placing the horse or to have her humanely euthanized, rather than simply try to profit by selling her to slaughter.

  • Agreed completely about the fact that all options should be available to that owner including slaughter.  Selling for slaughter is usually, by no means, profitable and even if it was, what difference does that make as long as the horse is processed humanely.  Horses are livestock.

Animal Rights Proponents HSUS:  “horses die annually and are safely disposed of by means other than slaughter. More than one million cattle die each year with no resulting environmental hazards. Rendering, incineration, and burial are all options, depending on local laws.”

  • Cattle are always used without waste and processed at a slaughter house, i.e STEAK.  Definition of Rendering Plant: a factory or plant that renders and processes livestock carcasses into tallow, hides, fertilizer, etc. How is a rendering plant any better or worse than a slaughter house?  Does this mean that it is alright to process a horse but only as HSUS says?

Animal Rights Proponents HSUS:  “the operation of horse slaughterhouses has a very real negative environmental impact”

  • How does a horse slaughterhouse have any more of a negative environmental impact than rendering plants?  Regardless of the view on environmental impact, what about the welfare of the horses that the owners are unable to feed because of unemployment?  Shouldn’t they be used as a positive instead of a negative?

Animal Rights Proponents HSUS:  “In fact, allowing horse slaughter facilitates violates property rights by encouraging theft. Many domestic horses are stolen out of pastures and barns every year for the horsemeat trade.”

  • Wouldn’t it be more responsible to encourage law enforcement to enforce laws intended for theft than to ban a legal commercial trade?

Animal Rights Proponents HSUS:  “Drugs routinely given to horses are dangerous to humans.”

  • In fact, HSUS is injecting horses with poison on purpose to promote the SAFE Act!

Horse meat (or horse beef) is the culinary name for meat cut from a horse. It is a major meat in only a few countries, notably in Central Asia, but it forms a significant part of the culinary traditions of many others, from Europe to South America to Asia. Worldwide meat production is about 720,168 metric tons a year. For the majority of mankind’s early existence, wild horses were hunted as a source of protein. It is slightly sweet, tender and low in fat.

In other parts of the world, horse meat is seen as a cheap substitute for other meats, such as pork and beef.  At a time when employment is hard to find and millions of humans are starving, why interfere with FOOD production and cause animal suffering?

Why would the Humane Society of the United States not want to feed the world?  It’s not because they don’t know.  According to a paper written by the HSUS, “More people particularly the growing middle class in the developing world, are consuming greater quantities meat and other animal products than ever before …. In some parts of Asia, consumption of beef, pork, and/or poultry products could increase by 100% by 2025…. Meat and other animal products are often considered both nutritionally superior and a symbol of wealth and social status.  As a result, there is a greater demand for more meat, eggs, and dairy products,…”

The sad fact is that HSUS makes money by prolonging the suffering of horses.

Text of the SAFE Act can be found here.  Please contact your Representatives to voice your OPPOSITION to this Bill.

A Few facts about the HSUS and the SAFE Act:

  1. 21 of the 44 CoSponsors for the Safe Act received money in some form directly from HSUS.
  2. 6 of the 44 CoSponsors for the Safe Act are new to the House
  3. 1 of the 44 CoSponsors for the SAFE Act is from Guam. “As a rule, Reps from U.S. Territories can not vote on bills and amendments on the House Floor.  This leaves 37 CoSponsors with available stats.)
  4. 14 of the 37 Cosponsors for the SAFE act received a Perfect Score of 100 from HSUS in the 112th.
  5. 24 of the 37 Cosponsors for the Safe Act received a Score of 80 or better from HSUS.
  6. 23 of the 37 Cosponsors were Primary sponsors of Bills presented and backed by the HSUS in the 112th.
  7. 1 of the CoSponsors, Ed Whitfield, has a wife that serves for the legislative arm of the HSUS, HSLF.


  1. Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] – 3/18/2013
  2. Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [GU] – 3/15/2013
  3. Rep Brownley, Julia [CA-26] – 3/15/2013
  4. Rep Buchanan, Vern [FL-16] – 3/15/2013
  5. Rep Campbell, John [CA-45] – 3/12/2013
  6. Rep Cardenas, Tony [CA-29] – 3/19/2013
  7. Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] – 3/19/2013
  8. Rep Cicilline, David N. [RI-1] – 3/18/2013
  9. Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] – 3/19/2013
  10. Rep Connolly, Gerald E. [VA-11] – 3/19/2013
  11. Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-13] – 3/12/2013
  12. Rep Courtney, Joe [CT-2] – 3/19/2013
  13. Rep Deutch, Theodore E. [FL-21] – 3/15/2013
  14. Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA-18] – 3/12/2013
  15. Rep Fitzpatrick, Michael G. [PA-8] – 3/12/2013
  16. Rep Gerlach, Jim [PA-6] – 3/12/2013
  17. Rep Gibson, Christopher P. [NY-19] – 3/12/2013
  18. Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-3] – 3/12/2013
  19. Rep Grimm, Michael G. [NY-11] – 3/12/2013
  20. Rep Hahn, Janice [CA-44] – 3/15/2013
  21. Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] – 3/12/2013
  22. Rep Keating, William R. [MA-9] – 3/15/2013
  23. Rep King, Peter T. [NY-2] – 3/12/2013
  24. Rep Lance, Leonard [NJ-7] – 3/12/2013
  25. Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] – 3/18/2013
  26. Rep LoBiondo, Frank A. [NJ-2] – 3/12/2013
  27. Rep Miller, George [CA-11] – 3/12/2013
  28. Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] – 3/12/2013
  29. Rep Murphy, Patrick [FL-18] – 3/18/2013
  30. Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-10] – 3/15/2013
  31. Rep Payne, Donald M., Jr. [NJ-10] – 3/15/2013
  32. Rep Peters, Gary C. [MI-14] – 3/12/2013
  33. Rep Peters, Scott H. [CA-52] – 3/19/2013
  34. Rep Quigley, Mike [IL-5] – 3/19/2013
  35. Rep Rahall, Nick J., II [WV-3] – 3/12/2013
  36. Rep Sanchez, Loretta [CA-46] – 3/18/2013
  37. Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] – 3/12/2013
  38. Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13] – 3/15/2013
  39. Rep Shea-Porter, Carol [NH-1] – 3/18/2013
  40. Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-25] – 3/18/2013
  41. Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] – 3/19/2013
  42. Rep Whitfield, Ed [KY-1] – 3/12/2013
  43. Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] – 3/12/2013
  44. Rep Young, C. W. Bill [FL-13] – 3/12/2013

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