Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal signed HB 122 into law March 9. The law provides the Wyoming Board of Livestock with three options to deal with abandoned, stray, feral or abused animals which enter into their jurisdiction. The Board may take the animal to public sale, which was the only option prior to this legislation, or may now send the animal to slaughter or destroy the animal.
The Board of Livestock is working in conjunction with The United Organizations of the Horse to execute this law.
Beginning July 31, 2010, all horses slaughtered for human consumption in Canada must arrive at the slaughterhouse with an Equine Information Document according to a new mandate from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
The EID will positively identify the horse with a photo and a description and will also contain a record of medications administered to the horse for at least the previous six months. The owner must sign off on this document.
Two provisions in a new piece of government legislation will directly affect horse welfare and horse slaughter in the United States. On Oct. 8, the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives approved the final version of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2997).
This bill addresses concerns about horse welfare after the last of three U.S. horse slaughter facilities closed in 2007.
Two provisions in a new piece of government legislation will directly affect horse welfare and horse slaughter in the United States. On Oct. 8, the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives approved the final version of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R.2997).
The only horse slaughter plant currently operating in the United States is in DeKalb, Ill., but that may soon change as a bill to outlaw horse slaughter for human consumption in Illinois goes to the Governor Rod Blagojevich to sign.
On Wednesday, May 16, the senate voted 39-16 to stop Cavel International from continuing to slaughter horses and ship their meat overseas. A spokeswoman for Blagojevich said he is likely to sign the bill but must review it first.
If passed, an Illinois bill, sponsored by State Representative Bob Molaro (D-Chicago), would prohibit the transportation of horses into the state for the sole purpose of slaughter for human consumption.
The bill was introduced into the Senate on Feb. 22 and could be the first step in closing Cavel International, a Belgian company that runs Illinois’ only horse slaughter plant located near DeKalb.
On Jan. 19, a federal appeals court ruled that horse slaughter is illegal in Texas, a state that is home to two of the nation’s three processing plants.
A decision issued by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, La. overturned a lower federal district court’s ruling on a 1949 Texas law that banned horse slaughter for the purpose of selling the meat for food.
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.
On Sept. 7 the U.S. House of Representatives voted 263-146 to pass H.R. 503, a bill to end horse slaughter for human consumption. The two amendments added to the bill didn’t pass.
Congressmen Ed Whitfield of Kentucky and John Sweeney of New York have sponsored the bill for several years, but it’s failed to leave committee each time until now.
The bill would shut down all three slaughterhouses currently operating in the United States: Dallas Crown in Kaufman, Texas, Beltex Corporation in Fort Worth, Texas and Cavel International in DeKalb, Ill.