The Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2015 to Prohibit Horse Slaughter

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The Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2015 (H.R. 1942) has been introduced in this Congress by Representatives Frank Guinta (R-NH), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Vern Buchanan (R-FL). The bill is similar to legislation introduced in past Congresses in that it would in effect prohibit the slaughter of horses in the U.S. and the export of horses for slaughter, such as to Canada or Mexico.

The bill provides that horses are not raised for human consumption and that they are frequently treated with drugs that pose a serious threat to human health if eaten. The bill is intended to protect the public from such risk by making it illegal under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to knowingly sell or transport horses or parts of horses in interstate or foreign commerce for purposes of human consumption.

Like recent legislation dealing with horse slaughter, this bill is different from other bills introduced in earlier Congresses that focused on welfare concerns for horses. This bill cites health concerns as the primary rationale to prohibit the sale or export of horses or horse meat for human consumption.

The bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on Agriculture.