PRODUCERS OPPOSE BAN ON HORSE SLAUGHTER
Mont. – The
U.S. House of Representatives is tentatively scheduled to vote this week on HR
503, “The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.” If passed, the bill would
go to the U.S. Senate for consideration. If passed there, it would mean an immediate,
permanent ban on the “shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving,
possessing, purchasing, selling or donation of horses and other equines to be
slaughtered for human consumption, or other purposes.” There are three horse-slaughtering
facilities in the United States, which ship the resulting products overseas where
diners consider the meat a cultural delicacy.
“R-CALF USA opposes legislation that would ban horse slaughter in the United
States,” said R-CALF USA President and Region V Director Chuck Kiker. “Horses
are the private property of ranchers and cattle farmers all across this country,
and under the free-enterprise system this nation was founded on, horse owners
should be able to maintain their right to dispose of their private property as
they see fit. We don't need another layer of federal bureaucracy to intrude on
our daily business decisions.
“The horse industry is extremely large in the United States, and producers need
options to economically market unwanted horses,” Kiker concluded.
R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America)
is a national, non-profit organization and is dedicated to ensuring the continued
profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. R-CALF USA represents
thousands of U.S. cattle producers on both domestic and international trade
and marketing issues. Members are located across 47 states and are primarily
cow/calf operators, cattle backgrounders, and/or feedlot owners. R-CALF USA
has more than 60 affiliate organizations and various main-street businesses
are associate members. For more information, visit www.r-calfusa.com or, call
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