NTRA will support anti-slaughter bill in Congress

Posted: June 12, 2019

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced June 12 that it will support the passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, which would prevent the horse-slaughter industry from re-establishing operations in the United States and prohibit the export of American horses abroad for slaughter.

The action was taken at the regularly scheduled meeting of the NTRA Board of Directors held in New York June 6.

“The slaughter of horses for human consumption is something the NTRA has opposed for many years,” NTRA President and Chief Executive Officer Alex Waldrop said. “In the last decade alone, thousands of retired U.S. racehorses have been adopted and transitioned to second careers. The development and growth of quality racehorse aftercare programs continue to be a high priority for the industry.”

The SAFE Act is House Bill 961.