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For Immediate Release

COURT DECLARES HORSE SLAUGHTER TO BE ILLEGAL



Washington, D.C. (March 28, 2007) - In a 51-page opinion issued just hours ago, United States District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly held that the slaughter of horses in America violates federal law. In her opinion, issued in response to a lawsuit filed in February 2006 by the Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL) and other humane organizations and individuals, Judge Kollar-Kotelly ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to conduct an environmental impact review of its decision to allow the continuation of horse slaughter.

"Tonight, after years of legislation and litigation, America's three horse slaughterhouses can no longer kill horses for human consumption," states Chris Heyde, deputy legislative director for the Society for Animal Protective Legislation. "We call on Illinois-based Cavel International to work with the humane and rescue communities to find permanent safe homes for the hundreds of horses who were slated for slaughter, to give them a second chance at life."

The rule that was vacated by the court, was promulgated by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service to create a fee-for-service inspection process for horses slaughtered for human consumption. The rule circumvented a Congressionally approved amendment to the FY 2006 Agricultural Appropriations Act that cut federal funding for the required inspections. Because of continuing resolutions approved by Congress to fund the government, today's ruling is effective immediately.

There are three horse slaughterhouses in America, one in Illinois and two in Texas. Though the Texas plants were recently forced to stop slaughtering horses for human consumption when an appellate court upheld a Texas law making it illegal to sell, possess and transport horsemeat for sale for human consumption, the Illinois plant has been killing approximately 1,000 horses per week.

"The American public has overwhelmingly opposed the slaughter of America's horses for human consumption and now the courts have declared horse slaughter to be illegal," adds Heyde. "While horses will no longer be butchered in the U.S. they can be hauled under appalling conditions to a similarly brutal death in plants across the U.S. border. Congress must pass federal legislation to extend the protections to all horses and to send a clear message to those few who profit from this barbaric trade."

Currently pending in Congress are H.R. 503 and its Senate companion measure, S. 311, which would ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption and prohibit the transport of horses outside of the United States for slaughter.

The Society for Animal Protective Legislation, the Animal Welfare Institute's legislative arm, is the unsurpassed leader in obtaining laws to benefit animals in need, including the protection of domestic and wild horses. More information is available at www.saplonline.org/horses.htm.
 

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That's great news. But I wonder why they think it's okay to slaughter other animals if not horses. They even call the slaughtering of horses "barbaric" (I agree!). Is it not barbaric to slaughter a cow? Baby steps, I guess.
 

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There are many who don't eat meat. Many do. The difference between horses and cows is horses hve never been raised as food. Where a cow is only good for food. You can't ride a cow. A cow sure doesn't race, isn't a show animal except as potential beef, A cow can't do crowd control, a cow isn't a companion. Let's get real here. There is a big difference.
 

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There are many who don't eat meat. Many do. The difference between horses and cows is horses hve never been raised as food. Where a cow is only good for food. You can't ride a cow. A cow sure doesn't race, isn't a show animal except as potential beef, A cow can't do crowd control, a cow isn't a companion. Let's get real here. There is a big difference.
When they're using words like "barbaric", it doesn't seem like all they're talking about is the usefulness of the animal. If it was about that, they'd say it was "inefficient" or "impractical" to kill a horse. They're saying it's cruel. Like I suppose it's cruel to pick the wings off a live butterfly but not off a fly.
 

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...Where a cow is only good for food. You can't ride a cow. A cow sure doesn't race, isn't a show animal except as potential beef, A cow can't do crowd control, a cow isn't a companion. Let's get real here. There is a big difference.
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Surely once the horse is too old to do that stuff theres no difference?
Yes but by then, the horse has many people who love it and would be willing to care for it. People can get very very strong bonds with a horse. Old horses make great companions for other horses... there's lots of uses i could go into.

That's good news, hope that europe will follow suit.... one day, maybe.. or at least ban live transportation.
 

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That's great news for the horses! No really, it's great!

I am happy about this!

I don't agree to slaughter any type of animals for food or for any other reasons but at least the horses are being spared.
 

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That's great news for the horses! No really, it's great!

I am happy about this!

I don't agree to slaughter any type of animals for food or for any other reasons but at least the horses are being spared.
Yeah!
 

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The story says that horses may no longer be slaughtered for human consumption. But that was pretty rare anyway, wasn't it? Who eats horsemeat in the US? Maybe some immigrants from Asia?

It does not say that horses may not be slaughtered for non-human consumption. I thought horsemeat was mainly used for dog food anyway.
 

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Good point Joe.

The horse meat from the US is exported to countries such as France and Italy. As far as I know nobody here eats the meat.

Luckily the 3 horse slaughter plants in the US will now be closed.

As for pet food, I don't know where that meat comes from. Hopefully horses won't be slaughtered especially for pet food.
 

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Oh, finally! My family has owned horses for as long as I can remember, and for some reason, my dad seemed to think it was funny to tease me until I cried that we would send my horse to a slaughter house. Now I can tell him it's illegal (he'd never do it anyway, but it'll be fun to tease him back!)
 

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According to all of the articles I've come across, horsemeat is no longer used in US dog food. It seems Americans dislike seeing the name of another companion animal on their packages of pet food.

However, ground horsemeat is still sometimes sold to zoos and other exotic animal facilities.
 

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According to all of the articles I've come across, horsemeat is no longer used in US dog food. It seems Americans dislike seeing the name of another companion animal on their packages of pet food.

However, ground horsemeat is still sometimes sold to zoos and other exotic animal facilities.
Interesting. I found the Wikipedia on horse meat interesting as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_meat

I had no idea horsemeat was so popular in Francophone countries and regions (like Quebec).
 

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" SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS (May 16, 2007) The Illinois Senate today voted 39 to 16 to ban horse slaughter for human consumption, following the measures overwhelming approval last month in the states House of Representatives. While meeting with the Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL) and Bo Derek, Governor Rod Blagojevich reaffirmed his support and promised to sign the bill immediately upon passage.

DeKalb, Ill. is home to the Cavel International Inc. horse slaughterhouse, one of the three foreign-owned plants remaining in the United States. It is the only plant actively killing horses, but will have to stop immediately once this act is signed in to law." ...

http://www.saplonline.org/news/il_senate_vote.htm

 
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