Veterinary Support Needed for
Critical Equine Welfare Legislation
Contact Your U.S. Representative to Co-Sponsor

With your help, the US House of Representatives can pass TWO of the most important pieces of federal legislation designed to protect horses. 

The Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act (H.R.3355/S.2732) would permanently ban domestic horse slaughter plants within the U.S. and stop the export of American horses for slaughter abroad.

The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R.5441/S.2295) would put an end to the barbaric soring of Big Lick Tennessee Walking horses and the charade of self-policing within that industry. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) calls soring “one of the most significant welfare issues affecting any equine breed or discipline.“ 

As veterinary professionals we see the struggles some horse owners experience when coping with end-of-life decisions, but we also see the throwaway nature of some irresponsible owners in the horse industry, where shipping to slaughter—the antithesis of humane euthanasia—is routine. And we see the horrible effects of soring. We owe it to our equine companions to raise our respected voices to protect them from such egregious violations of the human-animal bond that we hold so dear in our profession.


Use the information below to call and/or email your Representative as soon as possible. 

1. CALL your U.S. Representative: Find his/her name and number HERE

Here’s a suggested script you can use on the phone or in a voicemail message: 

“Hi, my name is <your name and title>. I am a veterinarian/veterinary technician and a voting constituent from <your city>. I’m calling to urge Representative ________ to co-sponsor the Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act (H.R. 3355), and the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R.5441) and do everything possible to get these bills enacted quickly to end intentional and inhumane brutality towards horses.  I am urging Representative ______ to co-sponsor these bills. Thank you!

2. EMAIL your U.S. Representative:

The links below will take you to pre-written emails. When you fill in your name and address, your Representative will automatically be identified.

You can personalize both messages within their respective text boxes. Please do so, making sure to identify yourself as a veterinary professional.

Access the SAFE Act email message and the PAST Act email message.

Thank you so much for taking action as soon as possible. These bills have been languishing for years and with your help, we will get them over the goal line!