Source: Animal Legal Defense Fund
Horse slaughter for human consumption has been outlawed in the United States for many years, but a recent push by the animal agriculture lobby aims to open the slaughterhouse doors to horses once again.
Fortunately, the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 1094/S. 541) was recently introduced in Congress. The SAFE Act aims to protect the food supply in the United States from the dangers that consumption of horse meat poses—since horses aren't raised to be food in the United States, there are no meaningful safeguards to ensure that the consumption of horse meat is safe. Many horses, such as racehorses, are treated with drugs that would harm a human if eaten, according to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
If passed, the SAFE Act would prohibit people from selling or transporting equines and equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for human consumption. Aside from the fact that eating horse meat likely poses a serious threat to human health, ALDF takes the position that caring for horses is important in its own right—regardless of what purpose a horse may be used for. Horses should be cared for and respected—not eaten. This bill presents a good opportunity to prevent the horse slaughter industry from being revived in our country.
The SAFE Act is currently being considered by the Energy & Commerce and Agriculture Committees. Take action today to respectfully demand a full hearing on the bill pending in each chamber. We are confident that if the bill receives the full attention of our lawmakers it will pass—and our laws will be stronger in protecting horses from cruel and inhumane practices. We urge you to take five minutes and use our one-click action form to contact the members of these committees.>> Take Action!