Equine Rescue


Source: Equine Advocates

This is an excerpt from a press release from Senator Bob Menendez about the introduction of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act that was introduced in the U.S. Senate yesterday:  “Menendez, Graham, Whitehouse, Collins Drop Bipartisan Bill to Criminalize #HorseSlaughter for the Purpose of Human Consumption
Thursday, June 27, 2019

This photo by #EllenLynch is of Buddy, an unregistered Thoroughbred rescued by Equine Advocates in 2012 when he was just three years old. He was one of several horses on a rickety trailer bound for a Canadian slaughterhouse when the vehicle was intercepted by police in New York State for violations and the horses were seized.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) today introduced bipartisan legislation to permanently prohibit and make it a federal crime to slaughter horses for human consumption in the United States. The legislation also bans any related interstate or foreign commercial activity, such as the export of horsemeat or the transport of horses to slaughterhouses in other countries.

‘The gruesome practice of slaughtering horses for food has no place in the United States, and it’s well past time for Congress to say once and for all that #horsemeat is not
what’s for dinner,’ said Sen. Menendez… ‘Horses are routinely treated with drugs that are dangerous for human consumption and do not belong in our nation’s food supply. Our bipartisan legislation will help put an end to the cruel and inhumane slaughter of horses while protecting families from toxic horse meat and safeguarding the reputation of the U.S. food industry worldwide.’

‘Horses hold a special place in our history and culture, and the practice of slaughtering them to satisfy foreign appetites simply does not reflect the admiration we have for these animals,” said Sen. Collins. ‘In an effort to protect horses, this legislation would deter the transport or purchase of horses for human consumption.’

The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act prohibits the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for purposes of human consumption. It also makes it a federal crime punishable by up to two years in prison for individuals and slaughterhouses who violate the law…”

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  1. In looking for the actual bill number and co sponsors, I found this:

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 12, 2019) – The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced today that it will support the passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 961) that would prevent the horse slaughter industry from reestablishing operations in the United States and prohibit the export of American horses abroad for slaughter. The action was taken at the regularly scheduled meeting of the NTRA Board of Directors held in New York on June 6.

    “The slaughter of horses for human consumption is something the NTRA has opposed for many years,” said NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop. “In the last decade alone, thousands of retired U.S. racehorses have been adopted and transitioned to second careers. The development and growth of quality racehorse aftercare programs continue to be a high priority for the industry.”


    If anyone has a link to the actual House and Senate bills, with numbers and co-sponsors, please post it here! I want to send to my Senator but need better information.

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    • HOUSE version is HR 961, with 155 co sponsors:

      155 cosponsors (135D, 20R) (show)

      Buchanan, Vern [R-FL16] (joined Feb 4, 2019)
      Budd, Ted [R-NC13] (joined Feb 8, 2019)
      Cohen, Steve [D-TN9] (joined Feb 8, 2019)
      Engel, Eliot [D-NY16] (joined Feb 8, 2019)
      Norton, Eleanor [D-DC0] (joined Feb 8, 2019)
      Peters, Scott [D-CA52] (joined Feb 8, 2019)
      Shalala, Donna [D-FL27] (joined Feb 8, 2019)
      Suozzi, Thomas [D-NY3] (joined Feb 8, 2019)
      Thompson, Mike [D-CA5] (joined Feb 8, 2019)
      Titus, Dina [D-NV1] (joined Feb 8, 2019)
      Torres, Norma [D-CA35] (joined Feb 8, 2019)
      Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR3] (joined Feb 13, 2019)
      Brownley, Julia [D-CA26] (joined Feb 13, 2019)
      Calvert, Ken [R-CA42] (joined Feb 13, 2019)
      Connolly, Gerald [D-VA11] (joined Feb 13, 2019)
      Delgado, Antonio [D-NY19] (joined Feb 13, 2019)
      Gaetz, Matt [R-FL1] (joined Feb 13, 2019)
      Hastings, Alcee [D-FL20] (joined Feb 13, 2019)
      Katko, John [R-NY24] (joined Feb 13, 2019)
      King, Peter “Pete” [R-NY2] (joined Feb 13, 2019)
      Kuster, Ann [D-NH2] (joined Feb 13, 2019)
      Lawson, Al [D-FL5] (joined Feb 13, 2019)
      Mast, Brian [R-FL18] (joined Feb 13, 2019)
      McCollum, Betty [D-MN4] (joined Feb 13, 2019)
      Reschenthaler, Guy [R-PA14] (joined Feb 13, 2019)
      Ryan, Tim [D-OH13] (joined Feb 13, 2019)
      Stefanik, Elise [R-NY21] (joined Feb 13, 2019)
      Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D-FL23] (joined Feb 13, 2019)
      Wild, Susan [D-PA7] (joined Feb 13, 2019)
      Bustos, Cheri [D-IL17] (joined Feb 14, 2019)
      Higgins, Brian [D-NY26] (joined Feb 14, 2019)
      Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA19] (joined Feb 14, 2019)
      Moulton, Seth [D-MA6] (joined Feb 14, 2019)
      Ruppersberger, A. Dutch [D-MD2] (joined Feb 14, 2019)
      Turner, Michael [R-OH10] (joined Feb 14, 2019)
      Aguilar, Pete [D-CA31] (joined Feb 22, 2019)
      Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR1] (joined Feb 22, 2019)
      Cicilline, David [D-RI1] (joined Feb 22, 2019)
      Crist, Charlie [D-FL13] (joined Feb 22, 2019)
      Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY13] (joined Feb 22, 2019)
      Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI2] (joined Feb 22, 2019)
      Kilmer, Derek [D-WA6] (joined Feb 22, 2019)
      Lieu, Ted [D-CA33] (joined Feb 22, 2019)
      Lipinski, Daniel [D-IL3] (joined Feb 22, 2019)
      Lynch, Stephen [D-MA8] (joined Feb 22, 2019)
      Maloney, Sean [D-NY18] (joined Feb 22, 2019)
      Rice, Kathleen [D-NY4] (joined Feb 22, 2019)
      Sablan, Gregorio [D-MP0] (joined Feb 22, 2019)
      Vargas, Juan [D-CA51] (joined Feb 22, 2019)
      Zeldin, Lee [R-NY1] (joined Feb 22, 2019)
      Cartwright, Matthew [D-PA8] (joined Feb 25, 2019)
      Cooper, Jim [D-TN5] (joined Feb 25, 2019)
      Foster, Bill [D-IL11] (joined Feb 25, 2019)
      Hill, French [R-AR2] (joined Feb 25, 2019)
      Lowenthal, Alan [D-CA47] (joined Feb 25, 2019)
      Meng, Grace [D-NY6] (joined Feb 25, 2019)
      Moore, Gwen [D-WI4] (joined Feb 25, 2019)
      Pingree, Chellie [D-ME1] (joined Feb 25, 2019)
      Pocan, Mark [D-WI2] (joined Feb 25, 2019)
      Smith, Adam [D-WA9] (joined Feb 25, 2019)
      Welch, Peter [D-VT0] (joined Feb 25, 2019)
      Boyle, Brendan [D-PA2] (joined Feb 27, 2019)
      Carbajal, Salud [D-CA24] (joined Feb 27, 2019)
      Collins, Chris [R-NY27] (joined Feb 27, 2019)
      Davis, Susan [D-CA53] (joined Feb 27, 2019)
      Gallego, Ruben [D-AZ7] (joined Feb 27, 2019)
      Grijalva, Raúl [D-AZ3] (joined Feb 27, 2019)
      Huffman, Jared [D-CA2] (joined Feb 27, 2019)
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      Sánchez, Linda [D-CA38] (joined Feb 27, 2019)
      Tipton, Scott [R-CO3] (joined Feb 27, 2019)
      Beatty, Joyce [D-OH3] (joined Mar 4, 2019)
      Brindisi, Anthony [D-NY22] (joined Mar 4, 2019)
      Correa, Luis [D-CA46] (joined Mar 4, 2019)
      DeGette, Diana [D-CO1] (joined Mar 4, 2019)
      Evans, Dwight [D-PA3] (joined Mar 4, 2019)
      Jayapal, Pramila [D-WA7] (joined Mar 4, 2019)
      Kennedy, Joseph [D-MA4] (joined Mar 4, 2019)
      Langevin, James “Jim” [D-RI2] (joined Mar 4, 2019)
      McGovern, James “Jim” [D-MA2] (joined Mar 4, 2019)
      Neguse, Joe [D-CO2] (joined Mar 4, 2019)
      Porter, Katie [D-CA45] (joined Mar 4, 2019)
      Posey, Bill [R-FL8] (joined Mar 4, 2019)
      Quigley, Mike [D-IL5] (joined Mar 4, 2019)
      Schiff, Adam [D-CA28] (joined Mar 4, 2019)
      Slotkin, Elissa [D-MI8] (joined Mar 4, 2019)
      Tonko, Paul [D-NY20] (joined Mar 4, 2019)
      Yarmuth, John [D-KY3] (joined Mar 4, 2019)
      Axne, Cynthia [D-IA3] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
      Casten, Sean [D-IL6] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
      Castor, Kathy [D-FL14] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
      Chabot, Steve [R-OH1] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
      Chu, Judy [D-CA27] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
      Crow, Jason [D-CO6] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
      Dean, Madeleine [D-PA4] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
      DeFazio, Peter [D-OR4] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
      Haaland, Debra [D-NM1] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
      Heck, Denny [D-WA10] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
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      Kim, Andy [D-NJ3] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
      Krishnamoorthi, Raja [D-IL8] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
      Larson, John [D-CT1] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
      Lowey, Nita [D-NY17] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
      Maloney, Carolyn [D-NY12] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
      Matsui, Doris [D-CA6] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
      Mucarsel-Powell, Debbie [D-FL26] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
      Pappas, Chris [D-NH1] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
      Sarbanes, John [D-MD3] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
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      Schrier, Kim [D-WA8] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
      Schweikert, David [R-AZ6] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
      Soto, Darren [D-FL9] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
      Swalwell, Eric [D-CA15] (joined Mar 18, 2019)
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      Cisneros, Gilbert [D-CA39] (joined Mar 28, 2019)
      Craig, Angie [D-MN2] (joined Mar 28, 2019)
      Gottheimer, Josh [D-NJ5] (joined Mar 28, 2019)
      Khanna, Ro [D-CA17] (joined Mar 28, 2019)
      Lee, Barbara [D-CA13] (joined Mar 28, 2019)
      Perlmutter, Ed [D-CO7] (joined Mar 28, 2019)
      Van Drew, Jefferson [D-NJ2] (joined Mar 28, 2019)
      Barr, Garland “Andy” [R-KY6] (joined Apr 9, 2019)
      DelBene, Suzan [D-WA1] (joined Apr 9, 2019)
      Fitzpatrick, Brian [R-PA1] (joined Apr 9, 2019)
      Frankel, Lois [D-FL21] (joined Apr 9, 2019)
      Lamb, Conor [D-PA17] (joined Apr 9, 2019)
      Levin, Mike [D-CA49] (joined Apr 9, 2019)
      Malinowski, Tom [D-NJ7] (joined Apr 9, 2019)
      Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D-CA40] (joined Apr 9, 2019)
      Wexton, Jennifer [D-VA10] (joined Apr 9, 2019)
      Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX18] (joined Apr 10, 2019)
      Raskin, Jamie [D-MD8] (joined Apr 10, 2019)
      Bishop, Sanford [D-GA2] (joined Apr 12, 2019)
      Meeks, Gregory [D-NY5] (joined Apr 12, 2019)
      Pascrell, Bill [D-NJ9] (joined Apr 12, 2019)
      Panetta, Jimmy [D-CA20] (joined Apr 15, 2019)
      Golden, Jared [D-ME2] (joined Apr 18, 2019)
      Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH9] (joined Apr 25, 2019)
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      Sherman, Brad [D-CA30] (joined Apr 25, 2019)
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      Underwood, Lauren [D-IL14] (joined Jun 11, 2019)
      Hill, Katie [D-CA25] (joined Jun 19, 2019)
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    • I’m pleased to see six from my state already on board, and just sent the info to my Senator asking for an explanation why he’s not on board with this bipartisan-supported legislation.

      Everyone reading this should do the same — it takes only a few minutes, and for your patriotic 4th of July perhaps a few moments prodding for our public lands and public wild horses and burros is in order before all the nationwide partying begins.


  2. I think this is great news. The House bill is HR 961 and the Sente Bill I believe is SB 1600.
    The Senate Bill had been renamed though. I would also like to see horses and other equines reclassified as companion animals as the designation specifies they are not for human consumption. They are in fact our true companions on the trail, in competition or just our best buds with what ever we do! This bill is LONG OVER due! This will apply to both our domestic, Wild horses and other equines. I want to see what happens from here. I applaud the Throughbred Racing Association for stepping up and supporting. But I am concerned about the number of Throughbreds exported for racing and breeding purposes showing up in these foreign kill pens. Japan killed Ferdinand and I’m sure many others. South Korea is no better! I hope there is some discussion here. These people don’t care about the MONEY or the HORSES! At any rate, it’s time is way over due and NO changes unless it strenghtens the bill!

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  3. Icy Spot is right! We now need, and immediately, to get to our state officials and gain their support. In addition we should thank those who have brought us to this point. Lastly, lets never forget those over time that were left behind. This is for “them” as well.

    We continue the fight and stay vigilant.

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    • Hi Gertrude, if you go to the facebook page for Equine Advocates (click on their name above the article), you can learn what you can do to help. Thanks!


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