Horse Slaughter Prevention Act Reintroduced to Congress

The Horse Slaughter Prevention Act has been reintroduced to Congress as bill H.R. 503. Congressman John Sweeney of New York is the lead sponsor of H.R. 503 and introduced the bill on Feb. 1 as "A bill to amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, and for other purposes."

Sweeney remarked, "A new year brings new opportunities. I am confident we will build on the tremendous support we had last year and finally end the brutal and despicable practice of slaughtering horses for human consumption."

Co-sponsors of H.R. 503 are Congressmen John Spratt of South Carolina; Ed Whitfield of Kentucky; Sherrod Brown of Ohio; Eliot Engel of New York; Mary Bono, Christopher Cox, Elton Gallegly, Lois Capps, and Anna Eshoo of California; Michael Ferguson and Frank Pallone of New Jersey; Gene Green of Texas; Debi Towns of Wisconsin; James Moran of Virginia; and Christopher Shays of Connecticut.

The bill has been referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce for further deliberation.

About the Author

Marcella M. Reca Zipp, MS

Marcella Reca Zipp, M.S., is a former staff writer for The Horse. She is completing her doctorate in Environmental Education and researching adolescent relationships with horses and nature. She lives with her family, senior horse, and flock of chickens on an island in the Chain O'Lakes.

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