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.”
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Updated 09:33 pm.