Bi-partisan congressional bill introduced would ban slaughter of horses

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A bipartisan bill has been introduced that would permanently ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. introduced the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act.

Although the practice is illegal in the United States, more than 100,000 American horses are shipped over the border for slaughter, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Their meat is then shipped overseas for consumption in Japan, Italy and other countries.

The new measure would ban the export of live horses to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. 

“Horses have a special place in our nation’s history, and these majestic creatures were not raised as food for humans,” Schakowsky said. “The SAFE Act would prohibit any horse slaughter plant from opening; and also end the sale or transport of horses and horse parts in the U.S. and abroad for the purpose of human consumption. I am proud to reintroduce this bill and work with Congressman Buchanan to put an end to this practice.” 

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