H.R. 961 — Take Action Iowa, Kansas and Kentucky

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H.R. 961 — The “SAFE Act of 2019”

A big hello and welcome to the horse loving citizens of Iowa, Kansas and Kentucky.

Are you ready to take action and help get us the necessary cosponsors to blast H.R. 961 (The SAFE Act of 2019), out of Committee and onto the House Floor for a vote? Right now H.R. 961 has 155 cosponsors. Our target — 290!

Below are all of the U.S. Representatives from the States of Iowa, Kansas and Kentucky. If they have already cosponsored they are marked with a big YES.



District 1: Abby Finkenauer [D]
District 2: Dave Loebsack [D]
District 3: Cindy Axne [D] — YES!
District 4: Steve King [R]


District 1: Roger Marshall [R]
District 2: Steve Watkins [R]
District 3: Sharice Davids (D) — YES!
District 4: Ron Estes [R]


District 1: James Comer [R]
District 2: Brett Guthrie ([R]
District 3: John Yarmuth [D] — YES!
District 4: Thomas Massie ([R]
District 5: Hal Rogers ([R]
District 6: Andy Barr [R] — YES!

If they have not cosponsored, you know what to do. Contact them now and ask them to please cosponsor this important bill that protects people from being exposed to toxic horse meat and horses from slaughter.

For those new to the process, here’s a link that walks you through it without leaving Tuesday’s Horse. Should take about 10 minutes. Please note that this is a bipartisan issue.

Sidenote: When we did March Against Horse Slaughter, Kentuckians told us in their 100s that horse slaughter is a big issue with them and will impact their vote when re-election time comes. They want horse slaughter stopped.

• Source: Congress.gov — H.R. 961 Cosponsors by State in Alphabetical Order.

Magic Number — 290

We need a minimum of 290 cosponsors to take advantage of the Consensus Calendar Rule which we can use to move the Bill onto the House Floor for debate and vote regardless of Committee assignments.

As of this writing, H.R. 961 has 155 cosponsors. We gained 4 in one week. Well done!

Horse Slaughter & H.R. 961

H.R. 961 is not just about eliminating toxic horse meat from the human food chain, as important as that is. It is also very much about eliminating the slaughter of American horses on U.S. soil and outside the U.S.

The language is quite specific. Under SEC. 3. PROHIBITIONS it reads:


“(3) the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for purposes of human consumption is hereby prohibited.”.

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Efforts to block horse slaughter in the US will continue

November 1, 2013

HSUS Logo. Google image.

A federal judge in the court case regarding horse slaughter in the U.S. has reversed course from her initial ruling and cleared the way for U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections of horse slaughter plants in several states.

The Humane Society of the United States will not only appeal the decision, but also work with the states to block the plants from opening in Iowa, Mo., and N.M. and step up its efforts in Congress to stop the slaughter of American horses—the states and also in Canada and Mexico.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, said:

“Our legislative and legal activities have prevented horse slaughtering on American soil since 2007. With today’s court ruling and the very real prospect of plants resuming barbaric killing of horses for their meat in the states, we expect the American public to recognize the urgency of the situation and to demand that Congress take action. Court fights and state legislative battles have been important, but this is an issue of national importance and scale, and Congress should have an up-or-down vote on the subject.”



  • “Missouri horse slaughter plant set to open”; KRCG, CBS Channel 13, St Louis; November 4, 2013.
    • ST. LOUIS (AP) — A northwest Missouri horse slaughter plant is preparing to open for business Monday as a legal battle that stretches across the country continues to unfold. Read full report >>
  • “Ex-NM Governor vows to halt horse slaughter”; by Gary Strauss; USA Today; November 3, 2013.
    • Former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson vowed Saturday to fight a federal ruling that will allow U.S. horse slaughterhouses to operate for the first time since 2007. Read full report >>

    APNewsBreak: Iowa plant drops horse-slaughter plan


    Horses on Slaughter Truck. HSUS Image.
    Horses on Slaughter Truck. HSUS Image.

    ALBUQURQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Iowa company is dropping plans to slaughter horses in the wake of a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily banned the practice as part of a lawsuit filed by animal welfare groups, a company executive said Tuesday.

    Responsible Transportation, which owns a slaughterhouse in Sigourney, Iowa, was among two companies that had secured federal permits for horse slaughter. But the Iowa company’s president, Keaton Walker, told The Associated Press that his firm cannot afford to wait for more court deliberations and was turning its focus to cattle.

    “We just can’t sit with our heads down,” Walker said. “We have to get back to work. Our main focus now is going to be beef.”

    The other company with a federal permit, Valley Meat Co. of Roswell, N.M., was “still prepared to stay the course,” company attorney Blain Dunn said. Valley Meat has been at the fore of the fight, pushing for more than a year for permission to convert its cattle plant into a horse slaughterhouse.

    Valley Meat Co. owner Rick De Los Santos said he could understand why the Iowa company made the decision. But, he added: “We are going to see this deal all the way through.” Read full report >>

    Federal magistrate orders horse slaughter opponents to post $435,000 bond by Aug. 15

    Cross-posted by Southwest Farm Press


    Horse on his way to slaughter. Google image.
    Horse on his way to slaughter. Several states are working to return horse slaughter to U.S. soil. However, more than 140,000 U.S. horses are sent to Mexico and Canada for slaughter each year. Google image.

    Animal rights groups that successfully campaigned for a temporary ban on horse slaughter activities at meat processing facilities in New Mexico and Iowa must post a $435,000-plus bond by Aug. 15 if they hope to keep their legal challenge alive in federal court.

    That was the ruling of Federal Magistrate Robert Scott of Albuquerque Thursday who ordered the Humane Society of the United States, Front Range Equine Rescue and other plaintiffs to post the bond in the event the group loses a lawsuit that charges the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) failed to conduct environmental reviews as required by the National Environmental Protection Act before granting federal permits that would have allowed the two plants to open as early as last Monday.

    Albuquerque Federal District Judge Christina Armijo issued a temporary restraining order last Friday that stopped Valley Meat Company of Roswell, New Mexico, and Responsible Transportation of Sigourney, Iowa, from opening their doors and beginning slaughtering and processing horses for the first time in over seven years until the lawsuit is settled. Read more >>


    Federal Judge postpones bond hearing in horse slaughter case; Tuesday’s Horse; Aug. 5, 2013

    NM and Iowa killboxes will be empty of horses this Monday

    Groups sue over slaughter of horses in the U.S.; Tuesday’s Horse; Jul. 3, 2013