The Humane Society of the United States says it applauds the New Jersey Senate for passing legislation that prevents the slaughter of horses for human consumption.
The bill was approved by an overwhelming, bi-partisan majority vote of 35 to 4. It was introduced by Assemblyman Ronald Dancer, R- Cream Ridge, and in the Senate by Senator Raymond J. Lesniak, D-Union.
The bill would make it illegal to slaughter horses for human consumption; ban the sale of horse meat or products derived from slaughtered horses; and ban the transport of horse meat or live horses for the purpose of slaughter.
No US facilities slaughter horses for human consumption, but more than 100,000 horses in the United States are shipped every year to Canada and Mexico where they are slaughtered.
“The slaughter of horses for human consumption is a needless and cruel way to end the life of New Jersey’s state animal,” the society’s New Jersey state director, Kathleen Schatzmann, said.
“With more than 80 per cent of Americans opposed to the slaughter of horses for human consumption, New Jersey lawmakers listened to their constituents and passed A.2023. The Humane Society of the United States thanks Assemblyman Dancer for introducing A.2023 in the Assembly and once again recognizes Senator Lesniak for his humane leadership during this session.”
Lesniak said: “I’m proud New Jersey is becoming the humane capital of the world. Prohibiting the slaughter of horses and the sale of horseflesh for human consumption will help prevent the feared startup of horse slaughterhouses since the federal government last year lifted its ban on funding of USDA inspections.”
A US House of Representatives committee voted last week to restore the funding ban which, if passed in the final Agriculture Appropriations bill, would prevent horse slaughter on American soil.