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Discussion in 'The Corral' started by morapt, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. morapt

    morapt New Member

    This was posted on another list.

    State of South Dakota


    Introduced by: Senators Kloucek, Gray, Howie, Maher, and Turbak Berry and Representatives Lucas, Boomgarden, Feickert, Frerichs, Greenfield, Jensen, Nygaard, Olson (Betty), Schrempp, Sorenson, and Street

    A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION, Urging the reinstatement and funding of a federal inspection program governing horse slaughter and euthanasia facilities.

    WHEREAS, in recent years, the slaughter and processing of horses has become a controversial and emotional issue which has resulted in the recent closing of the last horse processing and slaughter facility in the United States; and

    WHEREAS, thousands of unwanted horses annually are exposed to potential abandonment and neglect because of the cessation of horse slaughter in the United States, and efforts to prohibit the transport and export of horses for slaughter purposes only exacerbate this problem. These additional unwanted horses each year compete for adoption with the wild horses that are fed and sheltered at public expense; and

    WHEREAS, the nation's inadequate and overburdened horse rescue and adoption facilities cannot begin to handle the influx of additional unwanted and abandoned horses each year that result from the cessation of equine slaughter, processing, and transport activity; and

    WHEREAS, in the United States the harvest of animals under federal inspection is highly regulated to provide for humane handling of the animals as well as for a safe and wholesome product. Horse processing in the United States was the most tightly regulated of any animal harvest, and the horse is the only animal whose transportation to processing was regulated; and

    WHEREAS, equine slaughter in many foreign facilities is not held to the standards for humane handling and euthanasia required in the United States and often involves practices that would not be tolerated in this country; and

    WHEREAS, there is a critical need for humane horse processing facilities in the United States to reduce the suffering inflicted on unwanted and abandoned horses and to meet overseas export markets for horsemeat in a humane manner; and

    WHEREAS, horse processing facilities cannot be established in the United States unless federal inspection for such facilities is funded and reinstated:

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Senate of the Eighty-fourth Legislature of the State of South Dakota, the House of Representatives concurring therein, that the South Dakota Legislature urges the Congress and the United States Department of Agriculture to reinstate and fully fund USDA's inspection program for horse euthanasia and horse slaughter facilities and to enact legislation to authorize the establishment of horse slaughter facilities in the United States.
  2. Tbitt

    Tbitt Most beloved member of MW

    It is a start.............

    I think of this as the "little engine that could" and I hope it has a similar outcome!


  3. BUC

    BUC Administrator

    And even better, how about our own Illinois back on the map ;)

    Synopsis As Introduced
    Amends the Illinois Horse Meat Act. Restores language that exempted certain types of horse meat from regulation under the Act. Repeals a provision that prohibits the slaughter of horses for human consumption. Amends the Animals Intended for Food Act. Expands the definition of "animal" to include "horses, mules, or other equidae". Amends the Illinois Equine Infectious Anemia Control Act. Allows equidae more than 12 months of age to enter the State for immediate slaughter without a certificate of veterinary inspection. Requires equidae entering the State for immediate slaughter to be accompanied by a consignment direct to slaughter at an approved equine slaughtering establishment. Amends the Humane Care for Animals Act. Creates an exemption from the general prohibition against selling, offering to sell, leading, riding, transporting, or driving on any public way any equidae that, because of debility, disease, lameness or any other cause, could not be worked in this State. Deletes a provision that prohibited injured equidae from being sent directly to a slaughter facility. Amends the Humane Slaughter of Livestock Act. Deletes a provision in the definition of the term "livestock" that excludes "horses, mules, or other equidae to be used in and for the preparation of meat or meat products for consumption by human beings". Imposes conditions on any rulemaking authority. Effective immediately.
  4. BUC

    BUC Administrator

    ND is also having a hearing today to try to get a plant opened in their state :) I think a lot of people have quit drinking the kool aid.
  5. Rexy78

    Rexy78 New Member

    I can't wait to tell my horse about this. :)
  6. Tbitt

    Tbitt Most beloved member of MW

    Rexy! You are BAD!!!!
  7. MyTeDun

    MyTeDun Senior Member

    fingers are crossed that this goes through----- I bet the FOB's are going crazy