Lawmakers push for ban on horse slaughter

For the first time in six years, the U.S. is set to begin slaughtering and exporting horses for human consumption. But the horse meat scandal sweeping much of Europe has raised the haunches, so to speak, of a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers who have proposed a permanent ban on the practice.Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Rep. Jan Schakowski (D-IL) have co-sponsored the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act to ban domestic horse slaughter and the practice of shipping horses to other countries to be killed for human consumption. The House version was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Agriculture on Tuesday, and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is currently considering the Senate measure.“This is a bill whose time has come,” said Rep. Meehan at a press conference on Wednesday. “Until a ban is in place, every horse is just one bad sale away from being sent to slaughter.”Continue Reading…

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Lawmakers push for ban on horse slaughter

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