Name: Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act of 2019
Bill Number: HR 961
HR 961, the Safeguard American
Food Exports (SAFE) Act of 2019, would prohibit the sale or transport in interstate or
foreign commerce of equines and equine parts intended for human consumption.
This measure would also prevent the reopening of horse slaughter plants in the
United States, as well as ban the transportation of horses to Mexico and Canada
Because there are no longer any horse slaughter facilities in
the U.S., horses being sold for meat are transported over long distances to
Mexico and Canada, where they are subsequently slaughtered and then exported to
serve as food for the European and Asian markets. These horses may be
transported for more than 24 hours at a time without food, water or rest, and
often suffer from injuries during their journey.
Importantly, since horses in the U.S. are not raised specifically
for their meat, there is a high probability that they have been exposed to or
injected with drugs and chemicals that have not been approved for human safety.
Because of this, a ban on the sale and transport of horse meat for human
consumption is a matter of public health safety, as well as one of animal
cruelty, as horse meat is unsafe to eat.
the U.S. has, in effect, ended the slaughter of horses for human consumption by
denying funding for the inspection of horse slaughter facilities, this
commitment must be renewed annually, lest U.S. horse slaughterhouse re-open. It
is time that the U.S. made a permanent commitment to end not only the slaughter,
but also the transport for slaughter, of these iconic animals.
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Prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of horse meat
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing in support of HR 961, the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) 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 have been given drugs or other substances unsuitable for human consumption, including deworming medication and hormones in large quantities. This makes eating horse meat a risky business. The consumption of horses raised in the United States poses a serious threat to human health and the public should be protected from these unsafe products.This bill would also save the lives of horses by banning their transportation to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. These horses may be transported for more than 24 hours at a time without food, water or rest, and often suffer from injuries during their journey. In addition, the callous treatment of horses at the slaughterhouse often results in their prolonged suffering. Please give your support to a prohibition on the slaughter and transport in interstate or foreign commerce for slaughter of horses intended for human consumption.Thank you.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]