Senate Considers Horse Slaughter Legislation

S. 2732, the “John Stringer Rainey Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act” would amend the federal criminal code to prohibit the possession, shipping, transportation, or receiving of “any member of the family Equidae” with the intent for the animal to be slaughtered for human consumption. The bill provides for monetary penalties and up to two years imprisonment and has been referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. Sens. Bob Menendez, Lindsey Graham, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Susan Collins are the lead sponsors.