Message From Congressman John B. Larson
Monday, February 8, 2016 4:18 PM
|February 8, 2016
Dear Ms. Furs,
Thank you for contacting me about legislation for the humane and safe treatment of horses. I appreciate your concerns, and I hope you find this response helpful.
On April 22, 2015, Representative Frank Guinta (R-NH) introduced the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act of 2015 (H.R. 1942). The SAFE Act would prohibit the sale, transport, import, or export of horses into or out of the U.S. to be slaughtered for human consumption. This bill was referred to the Committees on Agriculture and Energy and Commerce on the day it was introduced. Subsequently, the Energy and Commerce Committee referred the bill to its Subcommittee on Health while the Agriculture Committee referred the bill to its Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture.
On July 28, 2015, Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL) introduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 3268). Soring is a barbaric practice in which a caustic substance or a device is applied to a horse’s limb to produce a higher gait by making it painful for the horse to step down. This legislation would prohibit soring in horse shows, auctions, or exhibits. This bill was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce where is awaits consideration in the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade.
As a cosponsor of both bills, please be assured that I will continue to work with my colleagues to advance these important pieces of legislation in Congress.
Again, thank you for contacting me to express your views. You may visit www.thomas.gov to track all legislation before Congress. To learn mor e about my work in the House of Representatives visit www.larson.house.gov where you can sign up for my e-newsletter . You can also like my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter @RepJohnLarson . For assistance with a federal agency call my Hartford office at 860-278-8888.
Sincerely, John B. Larson