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File #: Res 1199-2012    Version: * Name: American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011. (H.R.2966/S.1176)
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Health
On agenda: 1/18/2012
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to pass and the President to sign H.R.2966/S.1176, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011.
Sponsors: Peter F. Vallone, Jr., Gale A. Brewer, Vincent J. Gentile, Rosie Mendez, Michael C. Nelson, James Vacca, Sara M. Gonzalez
Council Member Sponsors: 7
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2013*Peter F. Vallone, Jr. City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/18/2012*Peter F. Vallone, Jr. City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/18/2012*Peter F. Vallone, Jr. City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 1199
 
Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to pass and the President to sign H.R.2966/S.1176, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011.
 
 
By Council Members Vallone, Jr., Brewer, Gentile, Mendez, Nelson, Vacca and Gonzalez   
      Whereas, In 2006, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriation bill (the "Appropriations bill"), amongst its provisions, imposed restrictions that prevented the United States Department of Agriculture from using federal funds to inspect any meat processing plant that slaughtered horses; and
      Whereas, In addition, the Appropriations bill banned those uninspected plants from shipping meat across state lines; and
      Whereas, On November 18, 2011, President Barack Obama signed an agricultural spending bill which lifted the ban on federal funding for the inspection of meat processing plants that slaughter horses; and
      Whereas, Although there is no market for consumption of horse meat in the United States, it is seen as a delicacy overseas, specifically in Europe and Asia; and
      Whereas, Advocates are concerned that lifting the ban would allow slaughterhouses in the United States to begin processing horses for sale abroad; and
      Whereas, However, even when the ban was in effect, horses were being transported across state lines and shipped to other countries such as Canada and Mexico, where they would be processed; and
      Whereas, According to the United States Governmental Accountability Office, approximately 138,000 horses were sent to these countries in 2010; and
      Whereas, Slaughterhouses designated for horses could open in as little as 30 to 90 days in the United States with state approval; and
      Whereas, As a result of these recent changes, pro-slaughter activists estimate that around 200,000 horses would be slaughtered within the country annually; and
      Whereas, The slaughtering of horses is viewed as a humane form of euthanizing the animals by pro-slaughter advocates, but unfortunately, the horses are subjected to overcrowded transport in which they are trampled, starved, and sometimes die before they even reach the slaughterhouse; and  
      Whereas, The United States Department of Agriculture has documented that 92 percent of the horses that are slaughtered annually are neither old nor unfit; and
Whereas, Slaughtering is not the only option, as these horses can be sold, donated, or sent to sanctuaries; and  
      Whereas, On September 19, 2011, United States Representative Dan Burton (R-IN) and Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) introduced the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011; and
      Whereas, The purpose of this legislation is to prevent the slaughter of horses for human consumption; and
      Whereas, To accomplish this goal, the legislation would prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donating of horses and other equines; and      
      Whereas, The bill indicates that horses are domestic animals that are used primarily for recreation, pleasure and sport; and
      Whereas, Under this legislation, the Secretary of Agriculture would have the authority to detain for examination or test, or take evidence of any horse or equine which the Secretary believes is being shipped, transported, or moved in violation of the law; and  
      Whereas, Further, horses and other equines play a vital role in the collective experience of the United States and deserve protection and compassion; now, therefore, be it
      Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the United States Congress to pass and the President to sign H.R.2966/S.1176, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011.
 
LS #3100
JM/GP
12/21/11