The Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2015 would prohibit the sale or transport of horses and other equines for the purpose of consumption. It would establish congressional recognition that equines are not domesticated for human consumption. It also would recognize that United States-bred horses are treated with unsafe chemicals and that therefore the consumption of equines raised in the United States is dangerous to human health. Proponents of the bill say that so long as there is no procedure to ensure equines are not treated with chemicals hazardous to human consumption it is necessary to ban the consumption of equine meat. The bill has been introduced in both the House and Senate.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Apr 22, 2015.
Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2015
Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to deem equine (horses and other members of the equidae family) parts to be an unsafe food additive or animal drug.
Prohibits the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for purposes of human consumption.