Horse Slaughter Legislative Timeline 2017

115th U.S. Congress (2017 — 2018)

Jan. 3, 2017 U.S. House of Representatives HR 113 — Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2017 (The SAFE Act), introduced by Rep. Vern Buchanan (F-FL-16), January 3, 2017.

This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to deem equine (horses and other members of the equidae family) parts to be an unsafe food additive or animal drug.

The bill prohibits the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts for human consumption.

The SAFE Act is intended to close the export to slaughter loophole as well as ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption on US soil.

1/3/2017 — Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on Agriculture.

1/13/2017 — Referred to the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture by the House Agriculture Committee.

1/25/2017 — Referred to the Subcommittee on Health by the House Energy and Commerce Committee

Track all actions on this Bill.

January 4, 2017 U.S. House and Senate HR 244 — Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017. This bill provides FY2017 appropriations for most federal agencies for the remainder of FY2017. Becomes Public Law No: 115-31, May 5, 2017.

See (Sec. 762) Prohibits funds from being used to inspect horses for slaughter purposes.*

* Section Title I, DEPT OF INTERIOR — Prohibits appropriations provided by this division from being used for: (1) the destruction of healthy, unadopted, wild horses and burros in the care of the BLM or its contractors; or (2) the sale of wild horses and burros that results in their destruction for processing into commercial products (i.e. cannot sell them for slaughter).

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Contributors: Vivian Farrell

HR=House Resolution, e.g. HR 113
HB=House Bill
SB=Senate Bill
FY=For Year . . .

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