The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R.961/S.2006, will ban horse slaughter facilities in the U.S., end the live-export of American horses for slaughter in Canada and Mexico, and protect the public from consuming toxic horsemeat.
Horse Soring is the intentional infliction of pain in order to exaggerate the high stepping gait of horses. The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R.693/S.1007, will ban the use of devices implicated in the practice of soring, strengthen penalties, and make other reforms needed to finally end this torture.
The Horseracing Integrity Act, H.R.1754/S.1820, will protect racehorses from over-doping and illicit drugs. Oversight, administered by an independent and non-governmental body, is necessary to set consistent and enforceable standards for all racetracks nationwide. It's time to bring an end to the rampant abuse of drugs that's costing thousands of horses their lives every year.
Wild horses and burros remain under a persistent siege at the direction of the Bureau of Land Management and billion dollar industries, especially the livestock lobby. The ongoing assault of rounding up herds, only to be warehoused in government holding facilities, must come to a halt.
Domestic livestock grazing on public lands is a leading cause of conflict with other uses, including wild horses. The Voluntary Grazing Permit Retirement Act, H.R.5737, would provide ranchers the option to relinquish their contractual agreements. Reducing sheep and cattle on public lands will help restore ecological health and help protect wildlife throughout the Western states.
Double-deck trailers are designed for livestock such as cattle and hogs, not horses. The Horse Transportation Safety Act (H.R.1400) will prohibit the hauling of horses on livestock trailers containing one level on top of the other. Hauling horses in double-deck trailers is dangerous and inhumane.