PHBA Strengthens Commitment to Aftercare and Supports SAFE Act
by Linda Dougherty
Continuing to demonstrate its com- mitment to the health and welfare of Thoroughbreds, the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association (PHBA) announced in late March its endorsement of the John Stringer Rainey Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act.
The SAFE Act, named for the late South Carolina philanthropist and former director of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, is legislation that would permanently end the slaughter of Ameri- can horses for human consumption in the United States and abroad.
It also amends Title 18 of the U. S. Code by making it illegal to “possess, ship, transport, purchase, sell, deliver, or receive … any horse with the intent that it is to be slaughtered for human consumption,” with penalties that include fines and imprison- ment.
Introduced in 2019 by Sens. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, the SAFE Act has also garnered the endorsement of several prominent animal welfare groups. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Humane Society of the United States are among those supporting its passage.