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US lawmakers target horse meat trade

"slaughtering horses for food has no place in the United States"

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robert99 robert99 Sweden Posts: 1360
1 6 Aug 2017
http://thehill.com/regulation/other/345441-lawmakers-target-horse-meat-trade

Lawmakers are pushing new legislation that would ban horse slaughterhouses in the U.S. and prevent horses from being shipped to Canada and Mexico for human consumption.

The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act introduced Thursday (Aug 3) from Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine), would implement a federal ban on the slaughtering of horses for food.

“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,” Menendez told The Hill.

“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,” he added.

A companion bill was introduced in the House earlier this year by Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Vern Buchanan (R-Fla), Ed Royce (R-Calif.), and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.).

Animal rights groups, including the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund, have hailed the bills and urged lawmakers to quickly pass them.

“Americans don’t round up homeless dogs and cats, run them through a slaughterhouse, and then ship them to foreign consumers for profit,” Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, told The Hill.
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