Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed the Florida Horse Protection Bill into law on Friday, May 14. This law prohibits the mutilation or killing of any horse and outlaws the transport, distribution, sale or purchase of horsemeat for human consumption. It goes into effect July 1, 2010, as Chapter 2010-87 of Florida Statutes.
Delinquents will face a felony minimum penalty of $3,500 and one year in prison.
It also addresses the Franck’s Pharmacy polo pony incident, when an improperly mixed compound resulted in the accidental death of 21 ponies. The bill requires compounds to be administered by veterinarians.
Florida has set itself apart from other states by passing laws against horse slaughter. Wyoming, Missouri, Tennessee and Illinois have all addressed pro-slaughter legislature this year.