Washington, D.C. – In what seems to be a yearly display, with no passage of a final bill, Senators from both parties have introduced the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act. The bill introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) would outlaw the shipping of horses out of the United States for slaughter.
Senator Menendez told The Hill “The gruesome practice of slaughtering horses for food has no place in the United States, and it’s well past time for Congress to say once and for all that horse meat is not what’s for dinner. Horses are routinely treated with drugs that are not fit for human consumption and do not belong in our nation’s food supply. Our bipartisan legislation will help put an end to the cruel and inhumane slaughter of horses while protecting families from toxic horse meat and safeguarding the reputation of the U.S. food industry worldwide.”
A similar bill was introduced in the House earlier this year. If both bills are passed, and reconciled, the SAFE Act will go to President Trump to sign. There is no indication if he would sign the bill or not.
The SAFE Act would also amend the Food and Drug Act to outlaw horse parts as additives in human food.
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