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Strengthening horse slaughter protections

Two local Republican legislators are trying to strengthen protections against the slaughtering of horses for human consumption.

State Sen. Kathy Marchione, R-Halfmoon, and Assemblyman James Tedisco, R-Glenville, are trying to prevent horses from being slaughtered in America for consumption after federal protections were recently weakened. A copy of the memorandum supporting their legislation is available below.

According to the bill memo, Congress approved legislation that prohibited the U.S. Department of Agriculture from financing the inspection of horse meat, which prompted the closure of American slaughter facilities. But exports to Canada for slaughter rose as a result.

Two years ago, the memo argues, the potential for slaughter in America returned when the 2007 language was removed by Congress. The memo adds that a horse slaughter plan is near approval in New Mexico.

"This bill would prohibit any person from slaughtering a horse where such person knows or has reason to know that such horse will be used for human consumption," reads the bill memo. "Furthermore, it prohibits any person from selling, bartering, giving away, purchasing, possessing, transporting, delivering or receiving horseflesh where such person knows or should know that such horseflesh is intended for human consumption."

"This bill also provides penalties for violations in an effort to ensure that such cruelty and blatant disregard of one of America's most majestic and noble creatures will no longer be tolerated in New York State," concludes the memo.

The Senate bill number is 4615 and the Assembly bill number is 3905. A copy of this legislation has been introduced in the Senate since the 2005/2006 sessions and hasn't reached a floor vote. The Assembly bill dates back even further, to 2004, and also has never received a floor vote.

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Horse Slaughter Bill Memo

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