Keep horse meat off the dinner table, Menendez says

By Jonathan D. Salant | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

“American horses are treated with drugs that should not enter the food supply…”

Toxic Horse MeatWASHINGTON — Beef may be what’s for dinner, but horse meat won’t be under legislation introduced Thursday in both houses of Congress by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

The Safeguard American Food Exports Act, which also was introduced in the last Congress, would prevent horses from being killed for food in the U.S. and ban exports of horses if they are going to be eaten in other countries.

“We must do all we can to protect American consumers from serious health risks and this bill helps keep toxic horsemeat off our dining room tables,” said Menendez (D-N.J.). “American horses are treated with drugs that should not enter the food supply and our bipartisan coalition wants to prevent damage to the reputation of the entire U.S. food industry, while simultaneously standing firm against the cruel slaughter of horses.”

Congress so far has been able to ban the practice on a temporary basis by annually adding a provision to the agriculture spending bill that bans the Agriculture Department from spending money to inspect facilities that would be used to slaughter horses. Without the inspections, the facilities cannot open.

The measure introduced Thursday by Menendez, along with U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), would be a permanent ban.

“This bill will make sure that our hamburgers aren’t made of horses,” Mikulski said.

It was introduced last month in the House, where six New Jersey representatives are among the bill’s 71 sponsors: U.S. Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd Dist.), Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.), Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6th Dist.), Leonard Lance (R-7th Dist.), Albio Sires (D-8th Dist.), and Rodney Frelinghuysen, (R-11th Dist.).

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7 comments on “Keep horse meat off the dinner table, Menendez says

  1. About time politicians woke up!!! Have to say, the “diving” horse picture sure didn’t have to be there. But I hope & pray this bunch accomplishes what hasn’t been done before.

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  2. Good riddens to bad rubbish!!!! This bill couldnt come soon enough. I hope the Killer Buyers have plans for other employment. But the Scum bags will probably find some other deciteful way to do something else. Finally I think our Legislators are realizing the facts that we have known this for years. I spent 2 hours with my House Reps Chief of Staff a month ago explaining the whole process. He was shocked to say the least. The auctions and the Killer Buyers are working like the Demons they are to pick up horses and other equines. Again, Good Riddens!!! Now we can concentrate on getting them into forever homes!!

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  3. The lobbyists will be out with arm loads of money to donate to every politician in DC to buy them off compliments of the racing industry, quarter horse breeders and all the rest of the scumbags that over breed and send the the horses they can’t sell along with brood mares to auctions or just call their local killer buyer to come over and load them up for a one way trip to hell. I have no confidence in these two bills ever leaving committee but I guess is can hope.

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