We know that US horses are not raised under the strict guidelines that livestock or food producing animals are, so they are potentially toxic and considered unsafe for human consumption. We also know that they are contaminating the food supply because they are sent to slaughter in Canada and Mexico for human consumption, and that US Congress and the USDA are doing nothing to prevent this crime against humanity. So it what can we do about it?
How do we inform the general public of the atrocities surrounding the slaughter of US horses? How do we let them know that the USDA has no safety measures in place to ensure that we arent feeding our families toxic horsemeat? And that Congress does nothing to keep US horses that are contaminated with FDA banned substances out of the food supply? Public education is the key element.
The dilemma faced by horse advocates over the years has always been how to inform the masses. Most horse advocates who have been involved in the issue are well educated on the subject, but our efforts to get the word out is usually heard only by fellow advocates, so most of the time we are preaching to the choir. Many advocates have organized rallies, marches, tweetstorms and petition signing events, all of which further spread the word about the lawless horse slaughter pipeline and toxic horsemeat entering the food supply. These efforts are exactly what is needed to ban the slaughter of American horses in the US and across our borders. The bigger and louder our voice is, the better chance we have of protecting our food supply and our horses. Be a voice. Host a rally in your community, or leave some flyers in your local tack or feed shop. Start a group with your network of friends and family to organize a petition signing event. Grassroots campaigns are the est way to effect change. SFSH Coalition team members are happy to help with the brainstorming process to get you started.
To engage Congress, we can sign petitions and call/fax our Congress members who we elected to represent us in support of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act S1214/HR1942.
The SAFE Act has been stuck in the House Livestock and Foreign Agriculture (subcommittee of the House Agriculture) and Health (subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce) committees since the start of 2013. On the Senate side, the bill is stuck in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The Chairs of these committees have the power to push for a hearing for the SAFE Act in their respective committees. In addition to the committee chairs, the ranking members of these committees can champion the bill. As Chairs and Ranking Members of these committees, they represent every American taxpayer, not just their constituents. Please contact them to ask for their support on the SAFE Act.
House Committee on Agriculture Chair: Mike Conaway (R-TX) 2430 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 phone: (202) 225-3605 fax: (202) 225-1783
House Committee on Agriculture Ranking Member: Collin Peterson (D-MN) 2204 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-2165 Fax: (202) 225-1593
House Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chairman: David Rouzer (R-NC) 424 Cannon HOB Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-2731 Fax: (202) 225-5773
House Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Ranking Member: Jim Costa (D-CA) 1314 Longworth HOB Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-3341
House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chair: Fred Upton (R-MI) 2183 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Phone (202) 225-3761 Fax (202) 225-4986
House Committee on Energy and Commerce Ranking Member: Frank Pallone (D-NJ) 237 Cannon HOB Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-4671 Fax: (202) 225-9665
House Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health Chair Joseph Pitts (R-PA) 420 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-2411 Fax: (202) 225-2013
House Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health Ranking Member Gene Green (D-TX) 2470 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-1688 Fax: (202) 225-9903
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) 455 Dirksen Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-4944 Fax: (202) 228-3398
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) 154 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-2621 Fax: (202) 224-0238