Safeguard American Food Exports Will End Horse Slaughter

18 Jul

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The full text of the Senate version of the proposed legislation:

114th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 1214

To prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 6, 2015
Mr. Menendez (for himself, Mr. Graham, Ms. Collins, and Ms. Mikulski) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

A BILL
To prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “John Rainey Memorial Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act”.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds that—
(1) unlike cows, pigs, and other domesticated species, horses and other members of the equidae family are not raised for the purpose of human consumption;

(2) equines raised in the United States are frequently treated with substances that are not approved for use in horses intended for human consumption and equine parts are therefore unsafe within the meaning of section 409 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act;

(3) equines raised in the United States are frequently treated with drugs, including phen­yl­bu­ta­zone, acepromazine, boldenone un­dec­y­len­ate, omep­ra­zole, ketoprofen, xy­la­zine, hy­al­uron­ic acid, ni­tro­fu­ra­zone, polysulfated gly­cos­ami­no­gly­can, clenbuterol, tolazoline, and ponazuril, which are not approved for use in horses intended for human consumption and equine parts are therefore unsafe within the meaning of section 512 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; and

(4) consuming parts of an equine raised in the United States likely poses a serious threat to human health and the public should be protected from these unsafe products.

SEC. 3. PROHIBITIONS.

Section 301 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 331) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(ddd) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section—

“(1) equine parts shall be deemed unsafe under section 409 of this Act;

“(2) equine parts shall be deemed unsafe under section 512 of this Act; and

“(3) the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for purposes of human consumption is hereby prohibited.”.

This is not the first attempt to ban slaughter of horses and exports of horses to be slaughtered. It’s time we got vocal to end this atrocity! Our legislators need to hear our reasons or personal stories for banning horse slaughter.

The MOST important and very easy thing to do is WRITE a HANDWRITTEN letter to both of your US Senators and your US Representative. Everyone sends emails all the time but a handwritten letter stands out since few people send them anymore. Sign your name and add your email address and phone number where they can contact you.

Put it on some paper that stands out. Make a copy of it before you send it. (If there is no copy machine available, take a photo of it.)   Follow up with a phone call to their Washington, DC office a couple weeks after you sent the letter since all correspondence must be screened before delivering to your elected federal officials for safety reasons.

Please ask your US Representative to Co-Sponsor H.R. 1942 and your two US Senators to Co-Sponsor S.1214 in your letter. If your Senators or Representative are co-sponsors, send a handwritten letter thanking them.

Read the House bill H.R.1942 HERE

See the list Representatives who have co-sponsored HERE

Read the Senate bill S.1214 HERE

See the Senators who have co-sponsored HERE

See all horse bills and bills mentioning horse HERE

Find your Senators and Representative HERE

I can’t stress enough how important it is to write a handwritten letter!  Do it today!

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One Response to “Safeguard American Food Exports Will End Horse Slaughter”

  1. equineaid July 18, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

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