Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New Horse-Slaughter Legislation

New legislation named "SAFE" was propsed today to protect out horses from slaughter.  The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, as the pending legislation is called, would not only ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the U.S. but would also prohibit shipping horses outside the U.S. for food slaughter.  Call your legislators today and ask them to co-sponsor and support SAFE (HR.1094/S.541)!!  

Here are links to the information you need to contact your legislators.  ~Declan

US Congress

US Senate  

Pols seek new horse-slaughter ban

Jan Schakowsky is shown. | AP Photo
Jan Schakowsky says horses sent to slaughter often face brutal treatment. | AP Photo
A bill set to be introduced Wednesday would say “nay” to horse meat on American shores.
Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Reps. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) plan to introduce legislation to stop the slaugher of horses for food purposes in the United States, according to ABC News. A federal ban on the practice went into effect in 2006 but lapsed in 2011, and a New Mexico company plans to open a slaughterhouse soon.
The legislation comes as revelations about horse meat mislabeled as beef in IKEA meatballs and British ground beef and at Taco Bell have shocked Western Europe.
The law, if passed, would also ban the export of horses for food slaughter. The law is backed by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States.
“Horses sent to slaughter are often subject to appalling, brutal treatment,” Schakowsky said in a statement to ABC News. “We must fight those practices. The Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013 will ensure that these majestic animals are treated with the respect they deserve.”

1 comment:

  1. Contacted BOTH Senators and my district's Congressman. Let's hope they get passed on so they will read them!