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U.S. FEDERAL LEGISLATION

American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act
H.R. 857

Download Bill in PDF: HR 857.pdf

 

Sponsors: Representatives John Sweeney (R-NY) and John Spratt, Jr. (D-SC)

NM Co-sponsors: Rep. Tom Udall

APV Position: SUPPORT

Bill Status: H.R. 857 has been referred to the House Agriculture Committee, Livestock and Horticulture Subcommittee; to the International Relations Committee; and to the House Ways and Means Committee, Trade Subcommittee

What the law would do: This bill will prevent the cruel slaughter of horses in and from the United States for human consumption.
Why it is needed: Horses have played a significant role in the history and culture of the U.S.—and New Mexico—and are often viewed as one of our national treasures. Yet more than 55,000 American horses are slaughtered by foreign-owned slaughterhouses each year—more than three million in the last two decades –and sent to Europe and Asia to supply the demand for horsemeat. These numbers are likely on the rise as a result of the decreased beef consumption abroad due to mad cow disease and foot and mouth disease.

Horses from all walks of life—the show ring, racetrack, back yard, and even wild horses—end up at the slaughterhouse. Killer buyers obtain horses from unsuspecting sellers at the auction house. The horses may then be shipped to slaughterhouses in Mexico, Canada, or to the two US-based horse butcheries in Texas (BelTex Corporation in Ft. Worth and Dallas Crown in Kaufman).

The horses are often shipped on crowded double deck trucks designed for shorter necked species such as pigs, cattle and sheep. Their travels may be lengthy, with out rest, food, or water. Once at the slaughterhouses, they may endure a long wait on the crowded trucks or be forced off by callous workers. Due to extreme overcrowding, abuse, deafening sounds, and the smell of blood, the horses show their fear: pacing in prance-like movements with their ears pinned back against their heads and eyes wide open.

Death is not kind; the horses are not killed by the preferable method of chemical euthanasia. Instead, they are forced to endure repeated blows to the head with stunning equipment that often does not render the animals unconscious. Some horses proceed still conscious through the remaining stages of slaughter being bled out and dismembered.

For more information on horse slaughter, go to www.saplonline.org/Legislation/ahpa.htm

Download Bill in PDF:

HR 857.pdf

 

 


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