Horsemeat Found in Meatballs, Lasagna, More

It’s disturbing. It started earlier this year when grocery store chains in Europe were found to be selling frozen “beef” products made of horse meat. The scandal spread across Europe as about five percent of beef products — everything from hamburgers to meatballs — tested positive for horse DNA.

The test results are shocking, but don’t even account for another problem — the dozens of veterinary drugs commonly used to treat horses that are banned from the food chain, and the lack of any tracking mechanisms when horses are scooped up from random sources and put into the horse slaughter pipeline.

But, now more than ever, there’s hope to prevent this problem from spreading to the U.S. New federal legislation has been introduced, the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, to protect consumers from toxic horsemeat and end the cruel slaughter of America’s horses as well as their export for slaughter abroad. Help us pass this legislation to permanently prevent slaughterhouses from re-opening in the U.S.

Call your U.S. representative and your two U.S. senators today and urge support and co-sponsorship of H.R. 1094/S. 541, the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act. (Click here to find your legislators’ names and phone numbers.) Then, send a quick follow-up message.

Thanks for all you do for animals.

Mike Markarian
Humane Society Legislative Fund

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