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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act Passed House Judiciary

It amazes me that legislative business is still being conducted in DC these days, what with the US economic sky falling. Especially animal business.

The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 6598) is a bill that criminalizes the sale and transportation of horses for slaughter. It was approved and recommended to the House of Representatives by the House Judiciary Committee on September 23. The bill must be passed by the House and Senate before it can become law.

There are some powerful opponents to this bill, however.

The American Quarter Horse Association, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), among many others, oppose the bill.

According to a statement from the AQHA, “The majority of horses processed for slaughter in the United States [prior to slaughterhouse closures in this country] were no longer viable for their intended use, unmanageable or simply unwanted by their owners. This bill would severely limit the rights of owners to manage their private property and subject horse owners to criminal prosecution should they sell or transport their horses for processing for human consumption, even if that is not their intention.”


Lovely quote. It's all about private property, not living things.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This guy is so full of...nonsense...I don't even know where to start. And even if I did you have no more reason to believe me than you would him. But if you live in one of the Feedlot States, Far North or Far South, you can check it out for yourselves. The feedlots are usually clearly seen from the road. Just drive by and check it out for yourselves. There are certainly old and ailing horses there. But you will see far more young ,healthy, wonderful saddle mounts just waiting to be transported to the slaughterhouse. How could anyone say a four year Old TB is is useless? most of them are still wearing their racing plates when they are so brutally , and agonizingly butchered.Not opinion here, this is a simple fact. There are thousands of Rescue Organizations active across the U.S. They are online and easy to access. Look it into it for yourself. It's quick, it's easy and you'll have the facts, not just the faulty word of some stranger with a possible agenda of his own.