Under the guise of “food safety,” anti-horse slaughter bills were introduced in the House and Senate last week.


H.R. 1094 / S. 541 also known as, Safeguard American Food Exports Act (SAFE) is legislation which would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.


If passed, this measure would impose fines and prison time for anyone who sells, transports, imports or exports horses going to a humane, regulated horse processing facility.


What’s worse, is the dangerous precedent this measure sets to potentially halt the transport of other livestock animals used for food such as beef cattle and pork!


Please help us oppose the SAFE Act!


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(HR669 Re-write)


Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY) sponsor of HR 996


As predicted, Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY) introduced H.R. 996: Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act on March 6, 2013. H.R. 996 is the expected re-write of H.R. 669 from 2008. H.R. 996 has 28 co-sponsors and has been referred to four different committees: House Natural Resources- Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs, House Budget, House Judiciary, House Ways and Means committees. H.R. 996 seeks to set up an “accepted” (white) list of common domesticated pets and livestock, and an “unaccepted” (black) list; that by default would be everything not included on the “accepted” list. This is a “guilty until proven innocent” approach that would add all “unaccepted” species to the Injurious Wildlife list of the Lacey Act in one massive blanket listing. Hundreds of species could be criminalized as to import and interstate transport. Most reptiles and amphibians would fall to the “unaccepted” list and be subject to sanctions under the Lacey Act.


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), along with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) have confirmed  that they will introduce a companion bill into the US Senate later this session.