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NJ FARM BUREAU ISSUES ACTION ALERT; URGES GOVERNOR TO VETO LEGISLATION

Link to Contact the Governor

While the intent to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption is commendable, the legislation is flawed [read the information below] and the Governor should be urged to veto this legislation.

** ACTION ALERT **

Please contact the Governor and ask him to Veto the transportation ban on horses

In A-2023 and S-1976 that bans the slaughter of horses for human consumption in NJ

Office of the Governor 609-292-6000

As is the case with most animal interests, the debate surrounding horse slaughter is complicated by the lack of knowledge elected officials have about the subject. Even in the equine community there is division on the issue. When the US Congress failed to renew the funding for the inspectors in the horse slaughter plants in 2007 (at the urging of the Humane Society of the United States), they did so over the objections of many leaders in the horse industry who recognized the tragedy that was about to befall not just the equine industry, but the welfare of the horses themselves.

Within months, and over the last five years, horses that could no longer be sold because there is no market for them were abandoned, left to starve in barren fields, or turned out on public lands. Those that are sold for slaughter for human consumption are now shipped to Canada or Mexico, where there are less regulations, inspections, and oversight. If this were a bill simply on the human consumption issue the debate would be different.

However, amendments added in committee to the bills now ban the transport of horses to slaughter for human consumption and the transport of horse meat for human consumption are problematic, with no restrictions on enforcement, and quite likely a violation of interstate and international trade. As written, transportation within the state would be enforced by NJSCPA agents who are also cited as the direct beneficiaries of the proposed fines! With no guidance on how to prove someone is transporting to slaughter for human consumption this could lead to severe harassment of responsible horse owners. Many horses move between the US and Canada competing at New Jersey and Canadian tracks and events. This connection to Canada is all an agent would need to stop and ask about where you are transporting a horse.

Language in the bill also talks about horses as pets confusing the current designation of horses as livestock. This would open the door for further enforcement by the NJSPCA on horse owners and undermine the Department of Agricultureís humane standards for domestic livestock.

You can contact the Governorís office to express your opposition to the bill by email thru this link
Click Here


Thank you.
Richard Nieuwenhuis, President
New Jersey Farm Bureau







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