Animal Welfare Groups to Call on Congress to Ban Horse Slaughter

Police Mounted Unit partners with Last Chance Ranch to save horses from slaughter

SPRINGFIELD, PA – Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) will join representatives from animal welfare organizations on Friday (5/10) at the headquarters of the Philadelphia Police Department's Mounted Unit to call on Congress to pass legislation banning the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

Meehan led a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers from both the House and the Senate last month to introduce H.R. 1094, the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, which bans horse slaughter for human consumption and prohibits the transportation of horses for purposes of consumption.

Representatives from national animal welfare organizations, including the Animal Welfare Institute, the ASPCA and The Humane Society of the United States will be in attendance.

The Philadelphia Police Department's Mounted Unit has partnered with Last Chance Ranch of Quakertown, Pennsylvania, to rescue horses from potential slaughter. Horses threatened by slaughter are adopted by the Mounted Unit and receive training and veterinary care during their service with the police department.

WHAT: Media Event In Support of the SAFE Act

WHO: Rep. Patrick Meehan, Representatives from Animal Welfare Organizations, Members of the Philadelphia Police Department's Mounted Unit

WHERE: Headquarters of the Philadelphia Police Department's Mounted Unit
8600 Krewstown Road, Philadelphia PA 19115

WHEN: Friday, May 10, 2013    2:00 p.m.

Media Contact:
Chris Heyde:, (202) 423-8689


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