Area legislators want end to horse slaughter

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, R-Brunswick, has joined Horse Racing Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito, president and founder of Equine Advocates Susan Wagner and State Sen. Frank Padavan, R-Queens, to call on the Assembly to pass legislation to prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

The bill, sponsored by Padavan, has been approved by the Senate three years in a row.

Countless New Yorkers enjoy our state's rich horse racing tradition, and even more are in awe of the majesty and beauty of these fine animals, Bruno said.

"This legislation will protect horses from a few individuals who would slaughter them for human consumption, and ensure that they are treated properly and humanely. I urge the Assembly to take up and pass this bill."

The measure would make it a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in a prison, for those who purchase, trade, offer, import or export a horse or horse flesh with the intent to slaughter it for human consumption.

"This legislation establishes strong criminal penalties for individuals who brutally slaughter any horse for human consumption," Padavan said in a written statement. "Swift enactment of this legislation would help ensure that all horses are protected from prolonged suffering and coldhearted treatment. I urge the state Assembly to join my Senate colleagues and I by passing this bill as soon as possible and show that this callous and inhumane practice will no longer be tolerated in New York."

The bill would protect all members of the equine family from slaughter for human consumption, including horses and ponies, along with donkeys, mules and burros.

"Horse slaughter is a horrendous, cruel and inhumane practice which is opposed by over 70 percent of Americans. It is vital that New York follow in the footsteps of California, Texas and Illinois and ban horse slaughter in this state," said Wagner.

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