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Banning the slaughter of horses for human consumption

H.R. 1094: Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013

Summary: To prohibit the sale or transport of equines and equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for human consumption. (More Info)

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The Humane Society of the United States 1,942,548 Facebook fans 192,899 Twitter followers

The SAFE Act (S. 541/H.R. 1094) will prohibit the transport and export of horses to slaughter for human consumption to protect our nation’s horses, and the public, from the predatory horse slaughter industry by ensuring American horses are not part of the pipeline to foreign slaughterhouses while protecting people from toxic horsemeat. Horses are not raised for food in this country, they are routinely given hundreds of drugs over their lifetimes that can be toxic t humans if ingested and therefore prohibited by the FDA from being used in animals intended for human consumption. The shocking discovery ...

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Animal Welfare Institute 17,469 Facebook fans 3,076 Twitter followers

Representative Patrick Meehan, (R-PA), and Representative Jan Schakowsky, (D-IL), have introduced bipartisan legislation that would stop the inhumane killing of American horses for human consumption and prohibit the transport of horses across the U.S. border for slaughter in Canada and Mexico. The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act would prevent the introduction of horse slaughter operations in the U.S., end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat. Last year, more than 160,000 American horses were sent to a cruel death by a grisly foreign industry that ...

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Int'l Fund for Horses 5,453 Twitter followers

We endorse this bill because it not only prohibits horse slaughter for human consumption on U.S. soil but also the export of live horses for slaughter for human consumption.

This is a humane issue as well as a human health issue.

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Wild Horse Freedom Federation 9,438 Facebook fans

The Board of Directors firmly stand behind and endorse this bill that strives to put an end to the cruel suffering of American Equines.

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Habitat for Horses 7,479 Facebook fans 700 Twitter followers

Habitat for Horses fully supports this bill to end the slaughter of American horses here and in other countries.

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Equine Welfare Alliance, Inc. 7,409 Facebook fans 710 Twitter followers

The S.A.F.E Act is an essential piece of legislation to ensure our food supply and food exports to foreign countries remain safe. US equines are not raised or regulated as food animals and should never enter the food chain. Our horses are medicated to maintain health and performance for the myriad of functions they perform in our society such as law enforcement, therapy, entertainment, work and service. During their lifetime, equines receive one or more medications that are expressly forbidden in food animals by our government as well as many foreign governments. The US must take the ...

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Citizens Against Equine Slaughter 1,695 Facebook fans

Lake Research Partners have polled random people from various demographics since 2006 which have consistently shown that at least 80% of Americans are opposed to equine slaughter. Horses in the US have been declared companion animals by the FDA in 1970, which means they are treated differently than livestock animals. They receive medications that are unsafe, even toxic to humans. It is grossly irresponsible to provide adulterated meat for consumption by any species.

There is a tremendous cost to the American taxpayer, approximately $400k per plant, per year, for a meat product that will not enter the American food supply ...

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The Wild Spirit Horse, Inc 1,507 Facebook fans

More than 100,000 American horses are shipped every year to Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered – with most of their flesh exported to Europe and Japan where horse meat is considered a delicacy. Horses aren't bred for meat in the USA, so where do all these horses come from? The sad fact is that horses that enter the slaughter pipeline originate from every corner of the horse world including; race horses, show horses, trail horses, companions and pets. Purchased by kill buyers at auction houses, horses are then shipped long distances in cramped trailers without food, water, or ...

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American Horse Defense Fund 38 Twitter followers

AHDF supports HR 1094. Horses are not raised for food in the US. They are given medications that are not for use in animals intended for human consumption and are known carcinogens.

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Veterinarians for Equine Welfare

Veterinarians for Equine Welfare (VEW) is a group of veterinarians committed to equine welfare, and as such we support measures to end horse slaughter including passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R> 1094). We are concerned about misinformation being transmitted to Congress and the broader public regarding horse slaughter. VEW believes that certain veterinary professional associations that are actively promoting horse slaughter are undermining our profession’s integrity and the welfare of the horses we care for. In so doing these organizations, of which many of us are members, erroneously purport to speak for our entire ...

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