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house Bill H.R. 961

Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2019

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Title

Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2019

Official Title

To prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States.

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      house Committees
      Livestock and Foreign Agriculture
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedFebruary 4th, 2019
    American horses are companions, work partners and Sport animals. They are given hundreds of drugs not tested or proven toxic to humans. This meat should never end up in human food chain. Horses are also high flight response animals and the way they are build makes is almost impossible to stun them so many are awake will being butchered. Animals who are loved and trust should never be killed this way.
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    As a retired livestock producer of USDA inspected meat, I consider it a "NATIONAL SHAME" to know that the U.S. Government freely allows the export of live American horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. Upon arrival, the horses are inhumanely slaughtered and processed for the sole purpose of human consumption around the world. Most of this horse meat should be assumed to be "TOXIC!" It's not safe for human consumption and it's not safe for family pets! The horses, raised as pets, for competitive sports and the racing industry, are routinely provided with drugs the USDA/FDA has clearly labeled, "not approved for use in animals intended for human consumption." Now, both the governments of Canada and Mexico can share in their own "NATIONAL SHAME" for they distribute this toxic horse meat world-wide to consumers. Until the SAFE Act H.R. 961 is passed, Americans will remain "at risk" of consuming this toxic horse meat as it further processed into meat-products by other countries and simply imported back into the USA with our government's approval! It's a fact that 80% of American voters are totally against any horse slaughtering. Suggest that they dine on toxic American horse meat, or even European horse meat (that doesn't contain the drugs American horses most often need and receive), I believe you would see 95%+/- against horse meat consumption. Americans depend on its government to PROTECT OUR FOOD and the World's consumers TRUST AMERICA as a source of SAFE FOOD. It's time for the United States to step up to the plate and stop placing all consumers "at risk" of consuming America's toxic horse meat. It's not our government's job to allow for the disposal of excess American horses, donkeys and mules into another country for slaughter due to irresponsible over-breeding. Just as I will bear the expense to euthanize my equine when necessary (I know their meat is not safe to consume), so should my neighbors euthanize their race horses that lose races vs. selling trailer-loads of them to a kill-buyer. If you think race horses aren’t loaded with drugs to mask pain and inflammation, then think again! Race horses represent about 20% of the horses slaughtered—FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION! Again, disposal of excess horses is the owner’s responsibility and not the U.S. Governments! It is, however, our government's responsibility to admit the risk they will continue to place all consumers in, if they should fail to pass the 2019 SAFE Act H.R. 961. Failure is not an option to American consumers/voters!
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    Aside from the dangers of drugs in horse meat, these animals are our companions. They have served us well over the course of our history. From the military to farming to discovering new lands. They are wonderful as therapy animals and enjoyed in sports. There are laws protecting our wild horses and burros. We must protect them by passing the SAFE Act. I will forever be grateful if my Congressman and Senators would stand up and proudly say "I support and will vote for the SAFE Act".
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    Not only is U.S. horse meat unsafe for human consumption, but the people of the U.S. have made it clear that they oppose horse slaughter, so why do we let our horses be shipped out of the U.S. to be slaughtered? It's past time for this to be illegal.
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