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December 18, 2006

Senate Holiday Means Horse Slaughter Ban Is Back To Square One

Anti-horse slaughter proponents knew they'd won a major victory when a bill outlawing horse slaughter, H.R. 503, passed in the House of Representatives this summer.

But they'll have to start over again in 2007 because the Senate didn't vote on the bill (S.1915) before recessing on Dec. 8. Newly elected officials take their seats for the 110th Congressional session on Jan. 4, and the House will have to vote on the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act again before it can go back to the Senate.

"Not all is lost," said Cathy Liss, legislative director for the Society for Animal Protective Legislation, in a press release. "More people have learned about this brutal trade, and the U.S. House of Representatives has affirmed its strong support through its vote in favor of the legislation this summer."

H.R. 503 passed the House with a vote of 263-146.

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