Arkansas Slaughter Resolution Goes to Governor

A resolution instructing Arkansas' Congressional delegation to vote against a bill that would prohibit the export of horses to slaughter facilities in Mexico and Canada is now before that state's governor for his signature.

HCR 1004 was sent to Gov. Mike Beebe on April 3 after passing the full Arkansas General Assembly. The resolution instructs Arkansas representatives in Washington to vote against HR 503, the Conyers-Burton Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act. The federal legislation prohibits the transport, sale, delivery, or export of horses for slaughter for human consumption. It also criminalizes the purchase, sale, delivery, or export of horsemeat intended for human consumption.

Arkansas is the latest state to pass resolutions opposing the passage of HR 503. Similar resolutions have passed in:

  • Kansas (HCR 5004)
  • South Dakota (SCR 2)
  • Utah (HJR 7)
  • Wyoming (HJR 7)

Others are pending in:

  • Arizona (SCM 1001)
  • Idaho (HJM 005)
  • Minnesota (SF 133)
  • Missouri (HCR 19, SCR 8)

Meanwhile, legislation promoting privately owned horse processing plant development is scheduled for gubernatorial action in other states. Montana's HB 418 advanced to Gov. Brian Schweitzer last week. In North Dakota SCR 4021 and HB1496 await Gov. John Hoeven's signature (read more).

Related bills are pending in:

  • Illinois (HB 0583)
  • Tennessee (HB 1361)

Keep an eye on TheHorse.com for updates as this situation develops.


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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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