On June 30, 2021, the U.S. House passed an amendment to the infrastructure bill, the INVEST Act, H.R.3684, that wouldban hauling slaughter-bound equines across state lines or over U.S. borders. While the U.S. Senate did not include a similar measure in their package, the House has an opportunity to reinsert the language in conference committee.
The Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act 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 will ban the use of devices implicated in the practice of soring, strengthen penalties, and make other reforms needed to finally end this torture.
If passed into federal law, the Animal Cruelty Enforcement (ACE) Act would establish a dedicated animal cruelty crimes division at the Department of Justice to aid in the investigation, enforcement, and prosecution of felony animal cruelty crimes — which include animal fighting and horse soring.
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 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 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.