Congresswoman Lujan Grisham Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Prohibit Slaughter of American Horses

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham has introduced legislation to prevent the establishment of horse slaughter operations within the United States, and end the export of American horses for slaughter abroad.

Representative Lujan Grisham is one of four House members who introduced the bipartisan Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 1942) today. Reps. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), and Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) are the other sponsors.

“Horse slaughter is an inhumane practice that causes great pain and distress to the animals, and poses numerous environmental and food safety concerns,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said. “The vast majority of my constituents oppose horse slaughter. I’m proud to support the SAFE Act to ban this cruelty once and for all.”

“Until the SAFE Act is passed, every horse is just one bad sale away from slaughter,” said Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President for Government Relations at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “We thank Rep. Lujan Grisham and the other leaders of the SAFE Act for their efforts to protect not only public health, but also safeguard our nation’s equines.”

The legislation is designed to prevent the export of American horses for human consumption in foreign countries. Last year, 140,000 American horses were exported for that purpose.

The SAFE Act would also protect consumers from horse meat that is not intended for human consumption, and as a result often contains unregulated drugs.