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It's long past time for Congress to pass the Safeguard American Food Exports Act (H.R. 113 / S. 1706), which would ban horse slaughter in the United States and the transportation of American horses out of the country for slaughter.
The SAFE Act would protect human health by keeping unsafe meat off American grocery shelves and out of foreign exports. Because Americans do not raise horses to be eaten, they are often given any of 379 common animal medications banned for human consumption by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration -- including some that can be lethal if ingested by humans. No regulations require the sharing of information about substances previously ingested by a horse up for auction. There, kill buyers purchase more than 100,000 horses annually and truck them to slaughter in Mexico, Canada and beyond.
More than 92 percent of these exported horses are in “good” condition, according to the USDA. Until a federal ban on horse slaughter and the sale and transport of equines for the purpose of slaughter is passed once and for all, America’s wild and domestic equines are vulnerable to irresponsible breeding, abusive management, suffering, and often terrifying deaths in substandard conditions.
Polls consistently show that about 80 percent of Americans strongly oppose horse slaughter. A similar percentage believe that America’s wild horses should be protected on our shared public lands. Having invested millions in tax dollars in the well-being of wild horses and burros only to see them shot by the government would be the ultimate betrayal.
Note: The passage of the SAFE Act would prohibit horse slaughter within the United States and the transportation of American horses, domestic or wild, for slaughter across our borders. It would not prevent Congress from allowing the Bureau of Land Management to euthanize -- shoot -- healthy, unadopted wild horses and burros. To take action on that issue, please see information at returntofreedom.org or on RTF's Facebook page.
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