Horse Protection Bills Gallop Forward

On June 23, both the Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act (HR 3355) and the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (HR 5441) were unanimously approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee. The SAFE Act would permanently ban the slaughter of American horses for human consumption, and the PAST Act would end the horrific abuses associated with horse soring. With respect to the persistent problem of soring show horses at competitions, AWI also convened a stakeholder meeting with USDA officials in early June to press for the finalization of a rule that is expected to mirror many of the key elements in the PAST Act. The administration has indicated it plans to publish the proposed regulations later this year.