H.R. 961 / S. 2006 — The Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2019 (The "SAFE Act of 2019") — To prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States by outlawing the slaughter of American horses at home and abroad.
Why should we — and our federal legislators —support these bills?
Horses are not food animals and routinely given a range of drugs which makes their meat unsafe for people to eat. Meat produced from our horses continues to test positive for lethal residues dangerous to human health.
We have a moral and ethical responsibility to bar toxic American horse meat from entering the human food chain. The success of H.R. 961/S. 2006 — The SAFE Act of 2019 — will accomplish this by outlawing the slaughter and export for slaughter of our horses for the purpose of human consumption.
290 is the magic number of cosponsors we need to take advantage of the Consensus Calendar rule which will allow a Bill to bypass Committee and go straight to the House floor for debate and vote.
It is critical that we do everything we can to get those 290 cosponsors.
We have achieved 240+ in the past, so we firmly believe this is doable. But it will take a nation. We are that nation. A horse loving nation.
Here's what you need to do to help our horses achieve the 290 cosponsors they need.
Already know your Representative? Great! Next step.
3. If your Representative has not cosponsored H.R. 961, contact them at House.gov and ask them to cosponsor it.
OR you may prefer to telephone your legislators. The Capitol Hill switchboard number is (202) 224 3121. You must know who they are before phoning. The operator will not look them up for you!
1. Be prepared with what you are going to say before you dial. We like to write down what we are going to say so we don't leave anything out.
2. Be sure to leave your name, address, phone number and email address, and remember to request a response to your phone call.
If you have established an email relationship with your Representative's office, please use it!
Contact both of your two U.S. Senators and ask them to cosponsor S. 2006 online at Senate.gov or by telephone as discussed above.
S. 2006 was introduced by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) with three originating cosponsors: Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). If you are a constituent of one of these Senators, it would be great if you would send them a note of thanks.
Remember. Legislation to outlaw horse slaughter is historically a bipartisan issue. Do not hesitate to contact your lawmakers because of their party affiliation. Thank you!
Last updated June 25, 2019