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Groups Condemn Legislation to Legalize Horse Slaughter in Texas

Within a day of the U.S. Court of Appeals' rejection of a petition from two foreign-owned horse slaughterhouses in Texas seeking to remain open, a Texas lawmaker has already introduced a bill to repeal the 1949 state law banning the sale and possession of horse meat for human consumption. Animal welfare groups called H.B. 2476, introduced this week by Rep. Sid Miller (R-59th), a last gasp by a dying industry.

The Humane Society of the United States, (HSUS) the Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) and the Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL), active campaigners for a ban on horse slaughter, condemn the legislation and urge Texas legislators to reject it.

"The foreign-owned slaughter industry and its paid lobbyists will stop at nothing to keep the doors open on this shockingly inhumane and grisly business," said Lou Guyton, director of The HSUS' southwest regional office director in Fort Worth. "Not only should this state bill flatly be rejected, it's time the United States Congress pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (AHSPA) and end the butchering once and for all."

"This legislation ignores the fact that most Texans, as most Americans, are strongly opposed to the slaughter of our horses and the cruelty and abuse they suffer during the process," said Randy Turner, president of THLN. "Instead, H.B. 2476 supports two foreign-owned corporations whose fringe industry is widely reviled. A vote for H.B. 2476 is a vote against an American icon. We urge humane-minded state legislators in Texas to kill this bill."

"The two plants in Texas have operated and profited from an illegal business for more than half a century," said Chris Heyde, SAPL deputy legislative director. "It's time to uphold the will of Texans and their state law by stopping the brutal business of horse slaughter in Texas. We commend Governor Perry for his humane stance in favor of this position and encourage the legislature to follow his lead."

Courtesy: The HorseTV Channel News, http://www.horsetv.com


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