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President Obama Rides to Horses’ Rescue

Written by Alisa Mullins | April 15, 2013

Buried deep in President Barack Obama’s 244-page budget proposal is this gem: a reprieve for America’s horses. The new budget plan includes a request for Congress to reinstitute a prohibition on the funding of U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors at horse slaughter plants, which would effectively put the kibosh on budding plans to resume slaughtering horses on U.S. soil. Translation? The Obama administration wants horse slaughter to stay illegal in the U.S.

A similar spending prohibition was implemented in 2005, but it was struck down in 2011. And now several companies are trying to reopen horse slaughterhouses in New Mexico and other Western states.

This defunding measure would be an invaluable stopgap to prevent horses from being slaughtered in this country while Congress debates the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, which would not only outlaw horse slaughter in the U.S. but also close the loophole that currently allows horses to be cruelly shipped to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. This bill must pass or American horses will continue to die—even if it’s not on our own soil. 

What You Can Do

Please contact your congressional representatives and urge them to support this budget measure. And to protect horses in the long term and prevent them from being shipped over the border to slaughter, please also urge them to support the SAFE Act.

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  • Jeanine says:

    Horses are intelligent and beautiful animals. -Yes,one of many animal gifts from GOD. Slaughtering needs to be a CAPITAL OFFENSE to any animal.Banish the slaughtering business from the face of this planet.

  • custom t-shirts says:

    Very nice horses, protect them !!

  • Gail Giddings says:

    I humbly ask to play devil’s advocate here: My family owns a ranch in Oregon, and the solution of what to do with the horses is not always simple; we have struggled with it for generations. One of the problems with the wild horses, is that sometimes there is not enough grazing to support them on the land they are living on. That problem must be addressed, or we wind up with them starving, suffering horribly, anyway.

  • Sierra Loves all animals says:

    It makes me sick that people slaughter horses for meat? Like WTF people horses were here before we were and horses made history. I am a horse lover and rider I love the horses I ride :) Horses are gorgeous gentle giants who mean no harm to us so STOP THE HORSE SLAUGHTER

  • Victoria L. Morse says:

    Dear Mr. President…please save our horses! They are a majestic creature that deserve a life full of green pastures and respect from the human race. Thank you for all that you are doing for our great country! Sincerely Victoria

  • Twyla Queen says:

    Horses are ppl too. Thanks Pres. Obama :D

  • Fiona Priskich says:

    Thanks!

  • R.M. Fontanez says:

    Mr.President, Please stand up for stopping the cruelty and slaughtering of American horses. Thank you

  • RACHEL CLARKEROBERTS says:

    Protect horses from being trasported to slaughter!!!

  • natalia says:

    Horsesvare majestic!! They do not need to be consumed~

  • arsinoe says:

    IT IS TIME TO LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE AND WHORE TO SLAUGHTER HOUSES! WE WANT OUR AMERICAN HORSES SAVED, NOT INDESCRIMINANTLY KILLED!

  • Norma M. Molina says:

    Please stop horse slaughter plants and give our horses a reprieve. Support the SAFE Act.

  • Marcie Mott says:

    Beautiful horses should not be slaughtered. This is a great country, animals should be treated better. Please support the SAFE Act.

  • GabyDiamond says:

    I support to end Horse Slaughtering, I am all for contacting our congressional respresentatives!

  • Jenne Martinez LInares says:

    President Obama, Horses are graceful and majestic ands not to mention a gift from GOD. PLEASE STOP the horse slaughtering business.

  • Theresa says:

    Killing horses are very.cruel. I thought you would want to teach not to perfomr cruel and harsh.

  • Teri Travis says:

    Please save these intelligent and beautiful creatures!

  • Kathleen Helmer says:

    This country is horse friendly. Let’s keep it that way. STOP the possibility of slaughtering them NOW, prohibit funding of U.S.D.A. inspectors at horse slaughter plants.

  • Debra Stadler says:

    We must support this budget.

  • robert nobrega says:

    Support this measure

  • rollin says:

    no slaughter

  • Maureen Kelly says:

    The SAFE ACT is a truly humane peice of legislature and I am as always proud of our President Obama.

  • Maureen Kelly says:

    The SAFE ACT is a truly humane peice of legislature and I am as always proud of our President Obama.

  • DON CLOUD says:

    Please support the SAFE Act.

  • Susan Cook says:

    Please stop the slaughtering of American horses in the U.S. and stop shipping them over the borders to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. The cruelty these animals suffer is horrific. Please help outlaw the slaughering of U.S. horses! Thank you.

  • Susan Cook says:

    Please stop the slaughtering of American horses in the U.S. and stop shipping them over the borders to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. The cruelty these animals suffer is horrific. Please help outlaw the slaughering of U.S. horses! Thank you.

  • Mindi says:

    Help stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves!!!!

  • Gayle Hassinger says:

    Good going President Obama!!

  • judy kaplowe says:

    Thank you, Mr President.

  • Pam D. says:

    WHY, WHY, WHY would we slaughter, or ship for slaughter, our iconic American horses to be served up on European and Asian dinner plates? STAND UP AGAINST THE SLAUGHTER OF AMERICA’S HORSES, HERE OR ELSEWHERE!

  • Chuck Donegan says:

    Stop the slaughter of innocent horses anywhere in North America!