Senate Bill Tackles Horse Slaughter Issue
by: Pat Raia March 27 2009, Article # 13849
Two U.S. Senators have introduced legislation to prohibit the transport of horses for slaughter in Mexico and Canada. Senators Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and John Ensign (R-Nev.) introduced S 727, the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act into the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 26.
S 727 would prohibit the transport, sale, delivery, or export of horses for slaughter for human consumption. It also criminalizes the purchase, sale, delivery, or export of horsemeat intended for human consumption.
Violators would face criminal and civil penalties, including being fined or imprisoned.
The bill is the senate's version of HR 503, the Conyers-Burton Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, introduced into the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in January. Since then, HR 503 has gathered 112 co-sponsors. It was referred to the Judiciary's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on March 16. Link
Here is the companion bill to HR 503 that was introduced in the House of Representatives. It was introduced yesterday. As is the case in the House, this is going to the Senate Judiciary committee. The supporters of the bill know they can’t get it through the Agriculture committees so they are avoiding them. It’s ridiculous that these committees that are responsible for terrorism and homeland security have to waste their time on this horse issue.