Washington D.C. – Representative Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, has introduced the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, otherwise known as SAFE Act, unto the 115th session of congress. The act would permanently outlaw slaughtering horses and would outlaw shipping horses out of the country for slaughter.
While animal welfare organization applaud Rep Buchanan’s efforts, they are wary that such a bill will pass. Legislation has been introduced every year in congress since 2001 to outlaw slaughtering horses, and so far none have passed. With strong bi-partisan support on both sides of the aisle, this may be the session of congress that outlaws the slaughter of horses.
Critics of outlawing slaughter say that it will devastate the horse community, and will lead to mass abandonment and abuse of unwanted horses.
IN THE HANDS OF KILL BUYERS! When horses are purchased at auction by buyers intending to kill them, they're hauled away in double- decker tractor trailers where they are beaten and often blinded with baseball bats to mollify them. After crossing the border into Mexico, the animals are stabbed on each side-an act to tenderize their meat-and immobilized. Workers, then saw the horses legs off, at the knee and hang them to bleed out-all while the horses are ALIVE! (This is an excerpt, from an article written by Missy Diaz, crediting Victoria Mc Cullough and Sen. Joe Abruzzo for bringing awareness of horse slaughter, to Florida. In 2010 Florida Legislation unanimously passed the Horse Protection Bill, making it a felony to slaughter horses for personal or commercial use.)