Wyoming Lawmakers decry interference in horse slaughter
Fri, February 6, 2009 12:59:57 PM CST
A resolution asking Congress not to interfere with the shipment
and slaughter of unwanted horses has received preliminary
approval. House Joint Resolution 8 urges Congress to keep out
of state oversight of the transport and processing of horses.
Rep. Sue Wallis, R-Recluse, who introduced the resolution, said
it's a response to a federal bill that seeks to limit horse transport
to Mexico and Canada. Americans currently send unwanted horses
to the neighboring countries for slaughter, because slaughterhouses
in the United States have closed.
Wallis said the proposed Conyers-Burton Prevention of Equine
Cruelty Act of 2009 would be a threat to Wyoming's horse and
livestock industries. She said the industries have already been
hurt as domestic slaughterhouses have closed due pressure
from animal rights organizations.
"It's absolutely decimating to the horse industry," Wallis said.
There are an estimated 100,000 unwanted or unusable horses
in the United States, according to supporters of the resolution.
But Nancy Perry, of the Humane Society of the United States, said
horses transported to Canada and Mexico are often young and slaughtered for horse meat.
"Horses that wind up going to slaughter are not old, broken down
horses that reach the end of their utility," Perry said. She said the
Humane Society would rather see old or unwanted horses euthanized.
She said the bipartisan Conyers-Burton bill has more than 80 co-
sponsors and continues to gain support.
The Wyoming House would need to approve the state resolution
two more times before it would go to the Senate.
This state-by-state organising for horse-slaughter is the work of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) who held a meeting
last Decemeber to initiate their pro-horse slaughter agenda on a state-
by-state basis. The "Pro-slaughter" states are asking Congress NOT to interfere with their "right" to slaughter horses. We MUST meet these individual proposals head on and to let Congress know that the majory
of Americans are against horse slaughter.
Here is a link to the state of Wyomings Legislature, Agricultural
Subcomitte where you can contact the legislators and let them
know that you VOTE and are against horse-slaughter; http://legisweb.state.wy.us/LegislatorSummary/CommitteeMembers.aspx?StrCommitteeId=05
Then please check out these other petitions as against the
NCSL and the other states that propose to want horse-slaughter.
We must meet them at every turn!The National Conference of State Legislators;
UNITED WE STAND!