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
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…”