H.R. 961 has a companion bill — S. 2006

Fund Horse, US Flag and Capitol Dome. Vivian Grant Farrell.
Fund Horse, US Flag and Capitol Dome. Vivian Grant Farrell.

On June 27, 2019, Sen. Robert Mendenez [D-NJ] introduced a companion bill to H.R.961 (The SAFE Act of 2019) to the United States Senate — S.2006 — entitled The John Stringer Rainey Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act.

The new bill has 3 originating cosponsors:

Sen. Lindsey Graham[R-SC], Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI], and Sen. Susan M. Collins [R-ME].

The bill was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The John Stringer Rainey SAFE Act amends Title 18 of the U.S. Code to make it illegal for anyone to knowingly transport, purchase, sell, possess, ship or receive any horse with the intention of slaughter for human consumption. The Rainey SAFE Act also sets out penalties such as fines and imprisonment for violators of the law.

Rainey was a business leader and philanthropist who supported organizations who promoted second careers for retired racehorses. Stringer was also a tireless worker against the slaughter of horses.

“It’s well past time for Congress to say once and for all that horse meat is not what’s for dinner,” said Sen. Menendez. “Horses are routinely treated with drugs that are dangerous for human consumption. Our bipartisan legislation will help put an end to the cruel and inhumane slaughter of horses while protecting families from toxic horse meat and safeguarding the reputation of the U.S. food industry worldwide.”

ACTION TO TAKE

Contact your two U.S. Senators and ask them to cosponsor S. 2006 at Senate.gov »

Please include your return postal mailing address when corresponding with a Senate office.

The Senate contact page at https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact lists Senators in alphabetical order, not in order by State. See Members of the U.S. Senate by State here »

Updated 09:33 pm.

H.R. 1754 — The Horse Racing Integrity Act

Racehorse in red hood. The Horse magazine online.
Racehorse in red hood. Image source: The Horse magazine online.

UPDATE: The Horse Fund opposes H.R. 1754. Read why here »

On March 24, 2019, Rep. Paul Tonka (D-NY-20) introduced The Horse Racing Integrity Act, H.R. 1754.

The goal of the bill is:

To improve the integrity and safety of horseracing by requiring a uniform anti-doping and medication control program to be developed and enforced by an independent Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority.

The summary of H.R. 1754 states:

This bill establishes the Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority as an independent, private non-profit corporation with responsibility for developing and administering an anti-doping and medication control program for (1) Thoroughbred, Quarter, and Standardbred horses that participate in horse races; and (2) the personnel engaged in the care, training, or racing of such horses.

The Federal Trade Commission shall have oversight over the authority. An interstate compact may be established after five years to take over the authority’s duties.

The bill takes into its consideration the Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, and Standardbred racehorse.

FOX AND HEN HOUSE

H.R. 1754 is a very lengthy bill. Admittedly we have not fully analyzed it. But our legal team and chief lobbyist have read it. So has Mrs Farrell.

They all arrived at the following point independently — it has a “fox watching the hen house” vibe going on.

Look at the last two lines of the summary regarding oversight. “An interstate compact may be established after five years to take over the authority’s duties”. What do you make of that?

OUR STANCE

Neutral. We neither support or oppose this bill.

In answer to the two most asked questions we get, here’s our answers.

“Isn’t it better than nothing”? Possibly.

“Isn’t it better than what we got now?” Almost anything is.

STATUS

H.R. 1754 has 120 cosponsors, and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

SB 139 passes the Kentucky State House Ag Committee 15-0-0

Horse in profile silhouetted against a night sky. Unattributed Google search image.

FRANKFORT, KY — Despite the news about the existence of SB139 going viral with people all across Kentucky contacting the State Legislature opposing the measure, this morning the bill passed out of the State Agricultural Committee unanimously with a vote count of 15-0-0.

SB139 endangers what protections horses currently have in Kentucky against cruelty and abuse by lowering their status from a domestic animal to livestock. It also opens the door to horse slaughter in Kentucky should that return to US soil.

This move is strongly supported by the agricultural and horse racing communities in Kentucky who already treat horses with shocking disrespect.

The next step is to send it to the full Kentucky State House for a vote. If SB139 passes there the bill will be sent to the Governor to sign into law.

Kentuckians, please continue to speak out against this bill.

The horses are counting on us to defend them to the final minute. And the fight won’t even be over then.

Feel like sipping some Kentucky bourbon? Feel like watching or betting on the Kentucky Derby? Or buying anything from Kentucky with this going on?

Ask the people of Tennessee what horse soring has done for their economy. Just saying.

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