Horse Slaughter Legislative Timeline 2003

108th U.S. Congress (2003—2004)
and State Legislation

DATE VENUE ACTIVITY RESULT
January 2003 Texas State House of Representatives H.R. 1324 introduced by Texas State Rep. Betty Brown to Legalize Horse Slaughter in response to Cornyn Opinion. Unsuccessful. See entries for April and May 2003.
February 2003 108th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 857, The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, introduced February 13, 2003.

Referred to Committees on Agriculture; Int’l Relations; and Ways and Means. 17 Co-Sponsors.

Unsuccessful. Further details throughout this chart. See also Congress.gov.
March 2003 108th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 857 gains 19 co-sponsors. Total = 36
April 2003 Texas State House of Representatives H.R. 1324. Texas House to Debate Horse Slaughter. Texas House Okays Sale of Horsemeat Outside US.
April 2003 108th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 857 gains 8 co-sponsors. Total = 44
May 2003 Texas State Senate Senate Cmte to Hear Horse Slaughter Bill. Opponents of horse slaughter bill rally outside Capitol.

Horse slaughter for human consumption amendment discovered on another bill. Amendment stripped. Bill to legalize horse slaughter defeated.

Texas Retains Ban on Horse Slaughter.
May 2003 108th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 857 gains 7 co-sponsors. Total = 51
June 2003 108th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 857 gains 4 co-sponsors. Total = 55
July 2003 108th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 857 gains 9 co-sponsors. Total = 64
August 2003 Media Story Death of Derby Winner FERDINAND in Japanese Slaughterhouse Suspected Spurs Increased Support to Ban Horse Slaughter, including Racing Industry.
September 2003 108th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 857 gains 25 co-sponsors, loses 1. Total = 88
October 2003 Illinois Molaro to Introduce Bill in Illinois to Ban Horse Slaughter as Cavel Plan to Rebuild on Burned Down Site N/A
October 2003 108th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 857 gains 17 co-sponsors. Total = 105
November 2003 108th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 857 gains 47 co-sponsors, loses 1. Total = 151
December 2003 Illinois Illinois Bill to Ban Horse Slaughter Postponed Tabled Until New Year
December 2003 108th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 857 gains 9 co-sponsors. Total = 160
December 2003 108th Congress, 1st Session 1st Session of 108th Congress adjourns. Reconvenes in January for the 2nd Session. Pending legislation carries forward.

Compiled by Vivian Grant Farrell

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