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Federal Laws, State Statutes, USDA & State Regulations


Federal Laws


1996 Commercial Transportation Of Horses To Slaughter Act

December 7, 2001
Final Rule Commercial Transportation of Horses to Slaughter Act


American Horse Council, American Horse Protection Association, & Humane Society of US

propose to legalize every inhumane practice identified in the transport of horses to slaughter & put the very people identified as the abusers, the "killer buyers" in charge of the horses!

Proposed Regulations For the 1996 Commercial Transportation of Horses To Slaughter Act


Federal Horsemeat Laws


USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, APHIS

Approval of Livestock Facilities;
Interstate Movement of EIA Reactors


USDA Food Safety Inspection Service, FSIS, Regulations

Biological Residues in Horses;
Slaughter of Foaling Mares;
Slaughter of Sick Horses;


USDA APHIS Humane Slaughter Act

State Horsemeat Laws


CA's Proposition 6,

The PROHIBITION of Horse Slaughter and Sale of Horsemeat for Human Consumption Act Of 1998, Does Not Violate The Commerce Clause
IL Horsemeat Act

Texas Law

Sale of Horsemeat for Human Consumption

Prohibits Sale of Horsemeat For Human Consumption

Texas Attorney General Cornyn States TX Law

Prohibiting Sale of Horsemeat Applies to the 2 Texas Horse Slaughterhouses!

 


State Statutes


State Statutes Dead Animals
State Statutes Horse Transport Laws
State Statutes Police Animals
State Statutes Selling Lame, Disabled, or Debilitated Horses

 


State Horse Transportation Laws

Double deck trailer awaits loading of horses at New Holland Sales Stables June 24, 2000.
 Horses inside double deck cattle trailer stopped by the NYSP. The owner was later convicted & fined $3000.00.
Horses inside double deck cattle trailer stopped by the NYSP. The owner was later convicted & fined $3000.00.

Links to State Statutes


U.S. Anti-Cruelty Statutes
Michigan State University College of Law: Animal Legal & Historical Web Center

PA Statutes & Regulations


PA Domestic Animal Act

Licensing of Dealers & Haulers

EIA Regulations, Coggins Test


PA Dead Animal Act

Requirements for Removal of Dead Animals

PA Animal Markets

General Provisions
Records
Transactions From Trucks



lactating chestnut Arab type mare stands in filth in the classic foundered stance.

Links

California Voters "Just Say Neigh" to Horse Slaughter!
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HoofPAC is the political action committee that has been formed to end the slaughter of America's horses. Cathleen Doyle, founder of HoofPAC, led the successful Save The Horses campaign in 1998 that made the slaughter of California's horses a felony.


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State Statutes Information


This section of our website has information on action you can take to help the horses; pending legislation; USDA Regulations on the handling and slaughter of horses; individual state transport laws; California's Prop 6 which banned the sale of CA horses to slaughter, (Yes, CA's horse industry is still thriving!) and other related information.

Many states have their laws, (statutes or codes) online. You can check on the status of legislation affecting horses by going to your state legislatures website and doing a search. Type in the word "equine" or "horse". Often you can communicate with your state and or United States Senators and Representatives by e-mail. Remember though to include your full name and address in your e-mail.


Getting Involved

  • Learn your state's laws.
  • What horse organizations in your state represent the horses industry in the state legislature?
  • Do they represent you on horse welfare issues? Many state horse councils are in favor of horse slaughter and do not take a strong stand on the enforcement of anti-cruelty laws as they apply to horses.
  • If the horse industry organizations in your state do not represent your views on horse slaughter and horse welfare, write to your state representatives and let them know that these organizations do NOT represent you, a member of the horse industry, on this issue.
  • Inform the horse organizations that you are a member of that you are opposed to the use of double cattle trailers to transport horses & opposed to the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

Reading a Statute

  • Look for the Definitions - This section will tell you what animals are covered under the statute and define certain terms.

  • Look for Penalties- This section tells you what the penalty is for a person convicted of the offense. It also tells you whether or not the penalties are Civil or Criminal. Criminal penalties can be enforced by police departments. Civil Penalties do not allow for imprisonment. Usually the penalty involves monetary damages.

  • Look for Authority- This section will tell you what law enforcement agency or agencies have jurisdiction. In other words, who can enforce the law.

    Look for Sections - The sections will describe the act(s) which are illegal.

Resources for State Laws Regarding Horses

Michigan State University College of Law: Animal Legal & Historical Web Center

Horse Statutes

This site is an excellent resource for statutes and cases regarding all animals.


 

 

State Statutes Cruelty to Animals

State Statutes Abandoned Animals

State Statutes Dead Animals

State Statutes Horse Transport Laws

State Statutes Police Animals

State Statutes Selling Lame, Disabled, or Debilitated Horses

State Horsemeat Statutes

 

 

 


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