How do you enforce a "guideline" A guideline is not
a regulation, it is not a law.
In this subtitle:
(1) COMMERCIAL TRANSPORTATION- The term `commercial transportation'
means the regular operation for profit of a transport business
that uses trucks, tractors, trailers, or semitrailers, or any
thereof, propelled or drawn by mechanical power on any highway
or public road.
(2) EQUINE FOR SLAUGHTER- The term `equine for slaughter'
means any member of the Equidae family being transferred to a
slaughter facility, including an assembly point, feedlot, or
(3) PERSON- The term `person'--
(A) means any individual, partnership, corporation, or
cooperative association that regularly engages in the commercial
transportation of equine for slaughter; but
(B) does not include any individual or other entity referred
to in subparagraph (A) that occasionally transports equine for
slaughter incidental to the principal activity of the individual
or other entity in production
SEC. 903. REGULATION OF COMMERCIAL TRANSPORTATION OF EQUINE FOR
(a) IN GENERAL- Subject to the availability of appropriations,
the Secretary of Agriculture may issue guidelines for the regulation
of the commercial transportation of equine for slaughter by persons
in that activity within the United States.
"subject to the availability
of appropriations"- This means Congress has to approve money
each year in the budget. Recently $400,000 was approved to undertake
studies & draft guidelines. $400,000 is a miniscule amount.
Ask your Congressman.
The studies included water deprivation
studies on horses.
Your tax dollars paid for horses
(b) ISSUES FOR REVIEW- In carrying out this section, the
Secretary of Agriculture shall review the food, water, and rest
provided to equine for slaughter in transit, the segregation
of stallions from other equine during
transit, and such other issues as the Secretary considers appropriate.
(c) ADDITIONAL AUTHORITY- In carrying out this section, the Secretary
of Agriculture may--
the word, "may" instead of "shall"
require any person to maintain such records and reports as the
Secretary considers necessary;
(2) conduct such investigations and inspections as the
Secretary considers necessary; and
(3) establish and enforce appropriate and effective civil
Note- civil penalties- No Police Enforcement. USDA does not enforce
their regulations at auctions now, how are they going to enforce
What about the Canadian slaughterhouses? The USDA has no authority
in Canada. Is the slaughterhouse going to turn a load of horses
away, if the load is in violation?(of whatever guidelines are
drafted) States & Canada will not allow horses into the state
or country if they are in violation.
What is appropriate? What is considered necessary?
SEC. 904. LIMITATION OF AUTHORITY TO EQUINE FOR SLAUGHTER.
Nothing in this subtitle authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture
to regulate the routine or regular transportation, to slaughter
or elsewhere, of--
(1) livestock other than equine; or
SEC. 905. EFFECTIVE DATE.
This subtitle shall become effective on the first day of
the first month that begins 30 days or more after the date of
enactment of this Act.
Points to Ponder
Passed in 1996, still nothing has changed for the horses,
contrary to what you read in horse magazines. New York State
is not waiting, their law was put on the books in 1981.
Read the EPN's
Equine Council's comments on the Proposed
Regulations that will legalize every inhumane practice identified
in the transport of horses to slaughter, and put the very people
identified as the abusers in charge of the horses' welfare!
This law will do nothing to insure the safe and humane
transport of horses to slaughter. Compare this law, to New
York State's Law.