Horse Slaughter Legislative Timeline 2004

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

DATE VENUE ACTIVITY RESULT
January 2004 Illinois State Legislature Illinois Bill Fails to Reach Floor for Vote Unsuccessful.
January 2004 New York State Legislature Assemblywoman Deborah Glick (66th District, NYC) introduces S. 380, a bill banning horse slaughter for human consumption. S. 380 was passed in the Senate by a vote of 59-1, yet the bill was stalled and finally died in the Agricultural Committee, held up there by its pro-slaughter Chairman, William MaGee, a “meat-industry” politician.
January 2004 108th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 857 gains 4 co-sponsors. Total = 164
February 2004 Illinois State Legislature New Legislation to Ban Horse Slaughter in Illinois Introduced See below.
February 2004 108th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 857 gains 13 co-sponsors. Total = 177
March 2004 108th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 857 gains 18 co-sponsors. Total = 195
April 2004 108th Congress, 2nd Session S.2352 – Companion Bill to H.R. 857 – introduced in the Senate by Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) April 27, 2004;4 Co-Sponsors. N/A
April 2004 108th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 857 gains 8 co-sponsors. Total 203.
May 2004 Illinois State Legislature Illinois Senate says YES to horse slaughter ban 38-15-2.

Illinois House says NO to horse slaughter ban 51-60-5

Bill fails.
May 2004 108th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 857 gains 22 co-sponsors; S.2352 gains 3 co-sponsors. Total H.R. 857 = 225 S.2352 = 7
June 2004 Virginia U.S. Ag Cmte Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) challenged at Town Hall Meeting re H.R. 857; admits to campaigning against the bill with Rep. Stenholm (D-TX). N/A
June 2004 Illinois Cavel International Reopens In Illinois to Slaughter Horses Defeat.
June 2004 108th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 857 loses 1 co-sponsor. Total = 224
July 2004 108th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 857 gains 1 co-sponsor, loses 1 co-sponsor; S.2352 gains 2 co-sponsors. Total H.R.. 857= 224; Total S. 2352 = 9
September 2004 108th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 857 gains 2 co-sponsors; S.2352 gains 1 co-sponsor. Total H.R.. 857= 226; Total S. 2352 = 10
November 2004 108th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 857 gains 1 co-sponsor; S.2352 gains 1 co-sponsor. Total H.R. 857= 227; Total S. 2352 = 11
November 2004 108th Congress, 2nd Session Wild Horses and Burros – Senator Conrad Burns (R-Montana) inserts a measure [Sect. 142] into massive Congressional Budget bill that removes a clause protecting wild free-roaming horses and burros from slaughter. Becomes Law (see below).
December 2004 108th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 857 gains 1 co-sponsor; ends with 228. Companion bill in the Senate, S. 2352, ends with 11 Co-Sponsors.

H.R. 857 killed in the House Ag Committee by Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte.

The American Horse Slaughter Prevention (H.R. 857/S.2352) Fails.
December 2004 108th Congress, 2nd Session Wild Horses and Burros – President Bush signs the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 into law [Public Law No: 108-447] containing Burns Amendment removing protections from slaughter. Enacts death sentence on America’s wild horses and burros.
December 2004 108th Congress, 2nd Session All Sessions concluded, the 108th Congress adjourns. All legislation left pending is dead, and no work carries forward. Bills must be re-introduced and started afresh.

Compiled by Vivian Farrell

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