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2017 Training Opportunity

How To Recognize Equine Abuse And Neglect
Through the generous support of the ASPCA, My Racing Heart, and an anonymous donor, Speak Up is busy training Kentucky law enforcement and elected officials in "How to Recognize Equine Abuse and Neglect". This program is free of charge and we will travel to you to accommodate your busy schedules. We encourage interested veterinarians, horse owners and enthusiasts to attend any one of our classes. Contact Shelly for more information or to schedule training in your Kentucky county.  The program is free! Learn how to use Kentucky law to help abused and neglected horses. Training program in the media.

From Regal Racehorse to Neglect Case

Not every champion or top athlete is guaranteed to always receive the best of care once he/she has outlived his/her purpose in the horse industry. Any horse can become a victim of abuse or neglect at some point in their life. One such sad story has a happy ending: Hapsirishpub was turned over to Speak Up For Horses in March of 2008 after being neglected to the point of near death. For the full story see our special page.

Contacting Your Legislators

Being an effective advocate on legislative issues means understanding how and when to write letters and make phone calls. This requires an understanding of how Congress works.
Process of a bill
For advocates, there are a few steps to pay particular attention to:
When bills are introduced and need cosponsors,
When bills are being considered in committee, and
When bills come to the floor of the House and Senate for voting.
At each of these points, advocates can make effective contacts with their elected representatives.
Please help us stand up for the welfare of our horses by contacting your senators and representatives to support the anti horse slaughter bills currently in both the House and the Senate.
KY Members of Congress
US Members of Congress:
House Representatives
Kentucky Representatives -

Defeat Horse Slaughter Proclamation

We Speak Up for Horses bound for slaughter and those neglected, abused, or discarded by rescuing and rehoming these horses. We also educate the public about horse slaughter, horse welfare laws, and what it means to be a responsible horse owner. Our work is driven by the belief that education seeds compassion, a life-long commitment to our horses and a respect for all life.


U.S. H.R. 113—The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act of 2017

The bill, introduced in the House of Representatives on January 03, 2017 would prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the U.S. and ban their export abroad for that purpose. Horse slaughter is a cruel, unnecessary, predatory industry. The effort to ban slaughter through a federal bill is now more than a decade old. Each year that passes without a ban sees more than 100,000 American horses shipped over our borders to be butchered for human consumption. Please send a polite email to your U.S. senators and representative and urge them to support the SAFE Act, a permanent ban on 1) the slaughter of American horses for human consumption, and 2) the transport of American horses over our borders for that purpose.

Call your legislators TODAY!! Ask them to support the SAFE ACT.
To find legislators in your district and get their contact information, use these links:

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The PAST ACT: End Horse Soring

The Prevent All Soring Tactics, or PAST Act, is the federal bill to end the cruel practice of horse soring. Soring is a practice used by unscrupulous trainers to deliberately inflict pain in order to exaggerate the high-stepping gait of their horses and gain unfair competitive advantage at horse shows. View Video - graphic content.

HR1338 would amend the Horse Protection Act to do the following:

  • amend the industry's failed system of self-policing;
  • ban the use of devices implicated in the practice of soring;
  • strengthen penalties; and
  • make other reforms needed to finally shut this abuse down.

Follow the progress of this bill: PAST ACT

Inspection Defunding Proposed

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has added language to the FY14 budget submission to defund horse inspections at slaughter plants. While this does not impact the current budget, it is a clear indication that the USDA recognizes the dangers to our food supply and exports into the foreign food supply if horse slaughter was to resume in the US. This is the first time the USDA has actually included the defunding language in the budget request.

Page 197 of Dept. of Agriculture Appendix
SEC. 725. None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to pay the salaries or expenses of personnel to-(1) inspect horses under section 3 of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 603); (2) inspect horses under section 903 of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 1901 note; Public Law 104127); or (3) implement or enforce section 352.19 of title 9, Code of Federal Regulations.

Vilsack's comments

Speak Up For Horses Saves 48 Horses

December 1, 2009 - After a long ordeal of neglect, a group of 48 quarterhorses finally has a chance at a new life. Fox 19 of Cincinnati has the full story here: Part 1 and Part 2. If you would like to help us with the immediate care of these beautiful horses, you may send a donation via our paypal button below. See more information on how you can give one of these horses a new home on our Adoption page.

Lucky 48 Draw Attention

The Horse Magazine published a brief article about the plight of the Lucky 48. Read it about here.

Investigations show cruelty of the horse slaughter industry

A thirty month long investigation into the plight of horses who have been sold for slaughter has revealed the worst levels of inhumane treatment. The abuse and neglect of these horses, sometimes referred to as "kill horses," was uncovered during the investigation and is consistent with findings and photographs contained in a 906 page document released by the USDA last year. The detailed investigation summary can be found here. THANK YOU ANIMALS ANGELS

Canada orders slaughter records be kept

Effective July 31, 2010, it will be mandatory for all Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) inspected facilities in Canada engaged in the slaughter of equine for edible purposes to have complete records for all animals (domestic and imported) presented for slaughter. Speak Up For Horses and other organizations remain very cautious about the policy's actual implementation and impact. As we have experienced in the past with other policies and regulations, enforcement of the same has been non-existant.

House Passes Legislation to Restore and Strengthen Wild Horse Protection

Friday, July 17, 2009 - Washington, DC - In a decisive move, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved a measure to restore basic protections for America's wild horses and burros.


Bill passes House, now in Senate Committee. Congressman Nick Rahall's (D-KY) bill to overhaul the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro Program passed in the House of Representatives by a majority of 54 votes. On August 5, 2009, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid submitted the Senate's version of the bill that was sponsored by Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV.) The Senate bill number is S.1579, and it has been referred to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.

Thoroughbred racetracks work to end horse slaughter

Oct. 10, 2008 - Magna Entertainment Corp., owner of several major racetracks joined Suffolk Downs banning any owner or trainer who transports or sells to slaughter.

Kentucky ranks last in the nation for animal protection

Louisville, Ky (April 30, 2008) - Sweeping Reform in Laws Protecting Bluegrass State Horses Called for on the Eve of the Kentucky Derby. For recent animal cruelty cases in Kentucky involving horses, visit our news blog.

Animal Cruelty Arrest in Harrison County

Dry Ridge, KY (Nov. 2, 2007) - The Kentucky State Police in Dry Ridge have arrested two persons as a result of an investigation into alleged animal cruelty in Harrison County. SpeakUp for Horses has been involved in pursuing this case. For the full story, see our special page.

Please Join Us. Speak Up For Horses.

We Speak Up For Horses bound for slaughter and those neglected, abused, or discarded.

Your donation, however large or small, will help us speak up for horses. Your donation helps fund our education programs, horse rescue, and the establishment of an equine education and rescue center. All donations are tax-deductible since we are a registered non-profit organization.

To make recurring monthly donations, please visit our Rescue Page.