~ NEW LEGISLATION ~
The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act
H.R. 1094 THE SAFEGUARD AMERICAN FOOD EXPORTS ACT March 12, 2013
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Americans Against Horse Slaughter applauds Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Congress women Jan Schakowski (D-IL) for co-sponsoring and introducing federal legislation - The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act which if passed, will ban horse slaughter in the U.S. as well as the export of horses to other countries to be slaughtered for human consumption.
In a recent statement AAHS obtained from the Senator's office, the
Senator underscored her commitment to end this brutal practice:
"The practice of horse slaughter for human consumption is revolting to me as a horse owner, but also as a consumer. Horses are not raised for human consumption, and they are frequently treated with drugs and chemicals that are toxic when ingested by humans. Especially in light of the European horse meat contamination scandals, we must ensure that our food supply at home is not tainted with horse meat, nor should we supply an unsafe food product to foreign industries. I am proud to join my colleagues to introduce the SAFE Act to end the slaughter of one of the world’s most beloved animals and help protect public health."
- Senator Mary Landrieu
~ Informational Links on H.R. 1094, the SAFE Act ~
The Humane Society of the United States: "National Animal Welfare Groups, Veterinarians and Horse Owners Applaud Federal Efforts to Protect Horses and the Public"
ABC News/Habitat for Horses: "BREAKING NEWS: Save the Horses! Three Lawmakers Will Try to Ban Slaughter for Food"
It is now
time to band together to end this brutal practice. Please take a moment
to call your two U.S. Senators and your Representative and tell them you
support The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE Act) and ask them to
cosponsor bill numbers SB 541 & HR 1094.
Please call your members of Congress to find out when their next town hall meet is. You will need to call your Congressional members district offices at least once a week to get their current schedule. Speak up and let them know that horse slaughter is not acceptable and that any representative that supports it will not have your vote. Always be polite and respectful. But SHOW UP!!! Sitting behind a computer and signing petitions will only get us so far. We need more.
This newest event has brought horse slaughter to the forefront and we now have many more people aware of the situation. Our membership has grown by leaps and bounds just in the last week. Let’s use that to our advantage and strike while the issue is in the news!
Debra and Shelley
In 2011, there was an annual Appropriations Bill which was basically a spending bill that encompassed spending in all areas of our government. Each year Congress must pass 13 appropriations bill to fund the various federal agencies. For several years Congress has been unable to pass individual bills so they have been passing packages of bills, which is what happened. This bill included funding for the USDA, Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice. It was necessary in order to keep the government afloat. These bills in some form pass every year. It was never a “horse slaughter bill”. There was actually no reference to horse slaughter in the entire bill. But here is how and why it impacted our horses:
In 2006 Congress put language in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill that cut off funding for horse meat inspections and for five years it stayed that way. That meant that no government money could be spent for inspections in horse slaughter plants. It was always supposed to be a short term fix until we got Federal legislation passed to end horse slaughter and the transport of our horses to slaughter in the U.S. or outside of the country. While we have made some headway and bills have been introduced in both the House and the Senate, we have been unable to get those bills out of committee and to the floor for a vote.
In 2011, two pro slaughter members of Congress quietly lifted the 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections by taking out the language inserted in 2006. It did not, however, allocate any new money to pay for horse meat inspections, which could cost taxpayers $5 million or more dollars a year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture would have to find the money in its existing budget, which is expected to see more cuts as Congress and the White House attempt to trim federal spending. The USDA will also have to take food safety and animal welfare inspectors away from our own food supply oversight.
It was so imperative to pass this Appropriations Bill and keep the government running that even many of our allies and sponsors of the anti slaughter legislation had to sign it, as did the President.
Passing Federal Legislation to end horse slaughter would have made the Appropriations Bill meaningless. The American Horse Slaughter Prevention bills had already been introduced in both the House and the Senate. With enough cosponsors, we would have had a better chance of getting those bills to the floor for a vote.
Previous Horse Slaughter Bills:
H.R,2966 THE AMERICAN HORSE SLAUGHTER PREVENTION ACT
January 12, 2010
Chairman John Conyers, Jr. issued a statement today thanking all the members of Americans Against Horse Slaughter (AAHS) for their unwavering support of HR503,
The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2005:
“The transportation and slaughter of horses for human consumption is cruel and inhumane, and I intend to continue my efforts to stop this terrible practice. We now have 176 cosponsors to H.R. 503,and support for the bill continues to grow. The support of Americans Against Horse Slaughter (AAHS) is critical to passage, and I appreciate and commend their efforts.”