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Permanent Horse Slaughter Ban Needed to Save Horses in Canada and Mexico

Permanent Horse Slaughter Ban Needed to Save Horses in Canada and Mexico

Name: Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act of 2017

Bill Number: HR 113

The bipartisan SAFE Act would prohibit the sale or transport of equines and equine parts intended for human consumption in interstate or foreign commerce. This measure would also prevent the reopening of horse slaughter plants in the U.S., as well as ban the transportation of horses to Mexico and Canada for slaughter.  Because horses are not initially raised as food, their diet and care make them particularly inappropriate for use as meat.

Urgent action is needed because the previous prohibition banning the funding of horse slaughterhouse inspections is missing from this year’s agricultural appropriations bill. The House version of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Related Agency Appropriations bill failed to include that provision and, now part of an omnibus appropriations bill, HR 3354, it is moving quickly through Congress.

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Prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of horse meat

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing in support of the Safeguard American Food Exports Act. Unlike cows and pigs, horses are raised--and used--for many purposes, including recreation, as companion animals, and as working animals. None of these uses are consistent with the raising of an animal for food.

In fact, since most horses are bought at auction for the slaughterhouse, it is impossible to evaluate individual animals to know whether they been given drugs unsuitable for human consumption, including deworming medication and hormones in large quantities. This makes eating horse meat a risky business.

Because the consumption of horses raised in the United States poses a serious threat to human health, please give your support to a prohibition of the sale of horse meat for human consumption in interstate or foreign commerce.

Thank you for giving your support to this important legislation.

[Your Name]
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