HSUS: Help Save Horses Right Out of the Gate

January 17th, 2007 5:06 pm by Kelly Garbato

UPDATE, 1/21/07, via the HSUS:

Court Declares Horse Slaughter in Texas Illegal

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit declared horse slaughter illegal in Texas Jan. 19. With two of the three foreign-owned horse slaughter plants in the United States located in Texas, just one plant, in DeKalb, Ill., will remain in operation once the court decision is final.

The HSUS filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case in March, 2006, arguing in defense of a Texas law barring the slaughter of American horses for human consumption overseas.

On Jan. 17, federal lawmakers introduced legislation to end the slaughter of American horses for human consumption overseas. The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act would also ban the export of horses for slaughter in other countries.

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Via the Humane Society of the United States:

Help Save Horses Right Out of the Gate

Representatives Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), Ed Whitfield (R-KY), John Spratt (D-SC) and Nick Rahall (D-WV) have teamed up to offer H.R. 503 in the House. They were able to secure the same bill number from last Congress, and along with Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and John Ensign (R-NV)—who have introduced a companion bill, S. 311, in the Senate—they are ready to move this legislation over the finish line.

Legislation banning horse slaughter made tremendous progress in the 109th Congress, but the bill stalled in the Senate and was not brought up for a vote before the end of the session.

Click here to read more and take action.

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