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Introduced in Senate (06/27/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 2006


To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit certain conduct relating to the use of horses for human consumption.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 27, 2019

Mr. Menendez (for himself, Mr. Graham, Mr. Whitehouse, and Ms. Collins) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit certain conduct relating to the use of horses for human consumption.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “John Stringer Rainey Safeguard American Food Exports Act” or the “John Stringer Rainey SAFE Act”.

SEC. 2. Slaughter of horses for human consumption.

(a) In general.—Chapter 3 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

§ 50. Slaughter of horses for human consumption

“(a) Offense.—It shall be unlawful to knowingly—

“(1) possess, ship, transport, purchase, sell, deliver, or receive, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, any horse with the intent that it is to be slaughtered for human consumption; or

“(2) possess, ship, transport, purchase, sell, deliver, or receive, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, any horse flesh or carcass or part of a carcass, with the intent that it is to be used for human consumption.

“(b) Penalty.—Any person who violates subsection (a)—

“(1) shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both; or

“(2) in the case of a covered offense, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.

“(c) Definitions.—In this section—

“(1) the term ‘covered offense’ means a violation of subsection (a) in which—

“(A) the defendant has no prior conviction under this section; and

“(B) the conduct involves fewer than 5 horses or fewer than 2000 pounds of horse flesh or carcass or part of a carcass; and

“(2) the term ‘horse’ means any member of the family Equidae.”.

(b) Clerical amendment.—The table of sections for chapter 3 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:


“50. Slaughter of horses for human consumption.”.