LETS PUT A STOP TO THE KILLING OF WILD HORSES
The Safeguard American Food Exports or SAFE Act would permanently ban horse slaughter in the U.S. and end the export of horses for slaughter abroad. The bill was introduced on February 4, 2019 as H.R. 961 by Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL). On March 1, 2019 the bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture by the Committee on Agriculture.
UPDATE as of 4/15/19 — The SAFE Act (HR 961) has a total of 135 co-sponsors! Here is the full list:
Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Scott Peters (D-CA), Dina Titus (D-NV), Norma Torres (D-CA), Donna Shalala (D-FL), Tom Suozzi (D-NY), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Ted Budd (R-NC), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Brian Mast (R-FL), Ann Kuster (D-NH), Julia Brownley (D-CA), Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), Antonio Delgado (D-NY), Gerald Connolly (D-VA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Al Lawson, Jr. (D-FL), Susan Wild (D-PA), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), John Katko (R-NY), Peter King (R-NY), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Ken Calvert (R-CA), Debbie Wasserman Schultz, (D-FL), Betty McCollum (D-MN), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Seth Moulton (D-MA), Brian Higgins (D-NY), Michael Turner (R-OH), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Daniel Lipinski, (D-IL), JuanVargas (D-CA), Kathleen M. Rice (D-NY), Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA), Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D-MP), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Lee M. Zeldin (R-NY), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Pete Aguilar (D-CA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Jim Cooper (D-TN), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Grace Meng (D-NY), Matt Cartwright (D-PA), J. French Hill (R-AR), Peter Welch (D-VT), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Bill Foster (D-IL), Adam Smith (D-WA) Linda T. Sanchez (D-CA), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Salud O. Carbajal (D-CA), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Scott R. Tipton (R-CO), Susan A. Davis (D-CA), Chris Collins (R-NY), Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA), Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Anthony Brindisi (D-NY), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA), Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), Katie Porter (D-CA), Joe Neguse (D-CO), James R. Langevin (D-RI), Dwight Evans (D-PA), Joyce Beatty (D-OH), John A. Yarmuth (D-KY), James P. McGovern (D-PA), Bill Posey (R-FL), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Diana DeGette (D-CO), J. Luis Correa (D-CA), Adam B. Schiff (D-CA), Denny Heck (D-WA), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), James A. Himes (D-CT), Debra A. Haaland (D-NM), Judy Chu (D-CA), Sean Casten (D-IL), Steve Chabot (R-OH), David Schweikert (R-AZ), Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Andy Kim (D-NJ), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL), Jason Crow (D-CO), Bradley Scott Schneider (D-IL), John B. Larson (D-CT), Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Darren Soto (D-FL), Cynthia Axne (D-IA), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Doris O. Matsui (D-CA), John P. Sarbanes (D-MD), Kim Schrier (D-WA), Chris Pappas (D-NH), Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Gilbert Ray Cisneros Jr. (D-CA), Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Ro Khanna (D-CA), Jefferson Van Drew (D-NJ), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Angie Craig (D-MN), Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), Conor Lamb (D-PA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Mike Levin (D-CA), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Brian K. Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Andy Barr (R-KY), Suzan K. DelBene (D-WA), Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ), and Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (D-GA).
If your representatives are on the list, please call (202-225-3121) and thank them for co-sponsoring the SAFE Act. If your reps are not listed here, pick up the phone, call them and politely encourage them to jump on board as a co-sponsor!
To see a full list of the previous co-sponsors when the same bill was introduced in 2017, go here. If your reps are on that list but not on the list above, please contact them and urge them to sign up again for the SAFE Act HR 961.
*Don’t know who your House reps are? Find them by zip code here.
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Skydog is 100 percent committed to getting the SAFE Act passed and the next two years is crucial in pushing it through. Our goal is to raise more awareness and inspire more people to fight this brutal trade. But we cannot do it alone!
BE A VOICE FOR OUR WILD HORSES AND BURROS AND LET THE GOVERNMENT KNOW YOU LOVE OUR WILD ANIMALS WILD AND MANAGED ON OUR PUBLIC LANDS. LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU WILL VOTE TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE AFFORDED THE PROTECTIONS THAT THEY DESERVE AND BEEN AFFORDED. CONSTANT ROUNDUPS AND HOLDING ARE NOT THE SOLUTION......
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It is imperative that we act now. Contact Your Representatives and urge them to support the SAFE Act and do all they can to secure and support its passage. Let them know you oppose horse slaughter for human consumption in the US as well as the export of American horses for slaughter. You can phone, email or write a handwritten letter. Many elected officials are active on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, so that’s another way you can get your voice heard.
This trade in horses lives has to be stopped and Skydog hopes that sharing some of our stories of horses saved from slaughter will help people understand why protecting them needs to be restored and better solutions must be used to manage them in the wild. Successful marketing experts say “facts tell, stories sell” so it is our hope that instead of listing the dry facts about numbers of horses shipping, engaging people with the real stories of these horses will inspire them to take action.
These are the real faces of horses facing slaughter.
Meet Eastwood and Redford, recent arrivals to Skydog Oregon. We believe they are sale authority horses sold at an event in Oklahoma recently and were taken straight to the killpen. It is a sad fact that this year will see dozens of these sale authority mustangs either dumped with killbuyers or shipped straight to slaughter. We are going to be taking fewer horses and focusing on fighting with all our might, resources and followers to get the SAFE Act passed.
These horses don’t understand about the merits, or lack of them, of killpen buys. They don’t understand why they aren’t protected by BLM contracts from being sold for 25 bucks or a dollar. They don’t know why their freedom and families were taken from them and why they are standing in a dirt pen, whether it be BLM holding, a killpen or a rescue.