New York Senate Passes State Horse Slaughter Bill

The New York state Senate recently passed legislation to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) noted in a statement. The Senate bill, S01462, was passed by a vote of 60-1. The bill, introduced by Senator Frank Padavan (R-11), not only bans horse slaughter for human consumption but also prohibits the sale, purchase, possession, transport, and delivery of horsemeat for that purpose.

"The Humane Society of the United States is very grateful to Senator Padavan for championing this important legislation and to the Senate for passing it," said Michael Markarian, executive vice president of the HSUS. Markarian urged quick action on Assembly bill A2572.

The state legislation parallels federal bills H. R. 503 and S. 311, which include the prohibitions specified in the state bill and also ban the export of horses for slaughter outside the U. S.

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