Monday, September 22, 2008

No Vote Yet

Judiciary Committee Adjourns Without Horse Bill Vote
Questionable as to when horse slaughter legislation will be voted on.

The House Judiciary Committee met Wednesday morning to mark-up H.R. 6598, the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act. Originally the bill was to be addressed last Wednesday but was pushed back a week. The committee did consider the bill, but no vote on the measure was taken before the committee adjourned.

Much of the horse industry, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, and the American Quarter Horse Association, are opposed to the legislation. These groups say that instead of protecting the welfare of horses, the bill will actually cause greater problems, doing more harm to horses than protecting them.

According to a Judiciary Committee spokesperson, no decision has been made as to when the bill will be voted on. Link

Chances are that this is the last time we will see this bill during this Congress. Even if that is the case though, it is important that everyone continue to talk to their Congressional delegation about this issue because there is o doubt that this will be back for the new Congress.

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