Horse Slaughter Legislative Timeline 2007

State and Federal Legislation
110th U.S. Congress (2007—2008)

DATE VENUE ACTIVITY RESULT
January 2007 Kentucky General Assembly Kentucky lawmakers consider ban on horse slaughter. Senate Bill 6. Unsuccessful.
January 2007 110th Congress 1st Session Jan 05: HR 249. US Reps Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky) introduce bill restoring the 34-year ban on the commercial sale and slaughter of America’s wild, free-roaming horses and burros. Bill introduced. Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.See Thomas.gov
January 2007 110th Congress 1st Session Jan 17: HR 503 / S 311. US Reps Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Nick Rahall (D-WV), and John Spratt (D-SC) reintroduce federal legislation to prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption (HR 503). Companion bill introduced in the Senate by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) (HR 311). HR 503 See Thomas.govS 311 See Thomas.gov
January 2007 House Committee on Agriculture US Department of Agriculture and the House agriculture, energy and commerce committees urge fellow members of congress to vote against HR 503. Nation’s Veterinarians and County Government Officials Agree citing the cost to taxpayers will be millions and making conditions worse for “Unwanted Horses”. Legislation and rulings fuel controversy.
January 2007 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals; New Orleans Jan 19: Beltex Corp. of Fort Worth and Dallas Crown of Kaufman, file suit challenging the law arguing that a ban would violate the Constitution’s commerce clause and federal meat inspection laws. Unsuccessful.
January 2007 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals; New Orleans Jan 19: Panel of judges from the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans rules slaughtering horses for meat is illegal in Texas. Successful.
February 2007 Texas – State Legislative Updates Dallas Crown and Beltex horse slaughtering plants that operate in Texas consider an appeal to the US Supreme Court, as well as legislation to overturn the Texas statute. Unsuccessful.
February 2007 AVMA on the 52nd Annual AAEP Convention in Dec ‘06 David L. Foley, executive director of the AAEP states that the AAEP will oppose the legislation (HR 503) once again and will go about the business of trying to educate a new Congress on the issue. No significant impact.
February 2007 Illinois Feb 22: Anti-Horse Slaughter legislation HB 1711 is introduced in Illinois State legislature that would prohibit the transportation of horses into the state for the sole purpose of slaughter for human consumption. Successful.
March 2007 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals: New Orleans March 05: The entire 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals affirms an earlier panel decision upholding a Texas state law that bans the sale of horsemeat for human consumption. Successful.
March 2007 Texas Mar 05: Texas Rep. Sid Miller, a Quarter Horse breeder and the chairman of the Agriculture and Livestock committee, introduces State HB 2476 that would allow the slaughter of horses for human consumption in order to keep plants open in Texas. Placeholder bill; did not move forward.
March 2007 Federal District Court, District of Columbia Mar 29: US Federal District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, holds that the slaughter of horses in America violates federal law. Her ruling effectively blocks the US Department of Agriculture from providing horse meat inspections for a fee. Rules that USDA violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to conduct an environmental impact review of its decision to allow the continuation of horse slaughter. Technically, America’s three horse slaughterhouses can no longer kill horses for human consumption. See Animal Law Coalition article.
April 2007 Nevada Nevada Republican Senator John Ensign, the first veterinarian to be elected chair, parts ways with the AVMA by backing legislation that would ban horse slaughter for human consumption. Interesting but no significant impact.
April 2007 Illinois Apr 18: The Illinois House votes to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption, answering a two-year lobbying push by actress and animal-rights activist Bo Derek. Vote 74-41 in favor of measure designed to shut down Cavel International Inc. slaughterhouse in DeKalb. Legislation moves to Senate.
April 2007 110th Congress 1st Session Apr 25: The Senate Commerce Committee today approved the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (S 311) Success. Roll Call vote 15 to 7 in favor of S 311.
April 2007 110th Congress 1st Session Apr 25: The House votes to prevent the government from selling off for slaughter any wild horses and burros that roam public lands in the West. The 277-137 vote restores a 1971 law preventing the Bureau of Land Management from selling the animals for commercial processing (slaughter).
April 2007 110th Congress 1st Session Apr 25: Bill S 311 that would ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in foreign countries to be considered before the full US Senate after being discharged from the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Vote 15-7 in favor of S 311.
April 2007 110th Congress 1st Session Apr 26: The US House of Representatives passes HR 249 to restore a decades-old ban on the commercial sale and slaughter of wild horses first enacted under the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. Vote 277-137 in favor of HR 249. Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Fails to reach Senate Floor for a vote. Legislation does not become law.
May 2007 110th Congress 1st Session May 05: The Dekalb Illinois slaughter plant forced to close in recent weeks wins the latest round in the long battle over the processing of horses, scoring a win in the Federal Appeals Court in Washington that will allow the plant to re-open. Successful: 2-1 to issue a stay on an order banning USDA inspections.
May 2007 Illinois May 08: Illinois Senate Committee votes 7-0 to pass bill HB 1711 banning horse slaughter for human consumption – now in Illinois Senate committee. Successful: 7-0 in favor of banning horse slaughter for human consumption.
May 2007 AVMA May 15: AVMA indicates an interest in working with AAEP in developing legislation addressing the welfare needs of the nation’s unwanted/retired horse population. This bill would be an alternative to the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, which the AVMA, AAEP, and numerous other groups say would, if enacted, lead to crisis by prohibiting 100,000 to 115,000 unwanted horses from being humanely euthanized annually. Proposed legislation never introduced.
May 2007 Illinois May 16: Illinois Senate approves bill HB 1711 to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption sending legislation to the governor. Successful: 39-16 in favor.
May 2007 Texas May 20: The midnight deadline comes and goes with no action taken on Senate Bill 911 in the Texas Legislature to reopen the state’s two horse-slaughter plants. Both horse plants remain shuttered.
May 2007 Illinois May 24: Gov. Rod Blagojevich signs HB 1711 that bans slaughter of horses for human consumption. Successful. Means now illegal for the Cavel slaughterhouse in DeKalb to continue their carnage.
May 2007 Illinois May 25: Belgian-owned Cavel International Inc. files a lawsuit claiming new law banning the slaughter of horses intended for human consumption is unconstitutional. Unsuccessful.
June 2007 Illinois Jun 01: US District Court Judge Frederick Kapala grants temporary restraining order preventing state and DeKalb County officials from enforcing the slaughter ban while the suit is considered. Slaughter continues – Restraining order expires after Jun 14. Hearings in the case scheduled for Jun 12 and 14.
June 2007 Illinois Jun 17: Kapala grants a 10 day extension to Cavel while he considers whether to make the order permanent. Slaughter continues.
June 2007 Illinois Jun 28: Order keeping last US horse slaughter plant in DeKalb (Cavel) open to expire. Federal judge refuses a request from Cavel to stay open.
Juyl 2007 Illinois Jul 05: Illinois Law Banning Horse Slaughter Upheld in Federal Court Success. However,Cavel may still appeal on the grounds of the ban on horse slaughter for human consumption being unconstitutional.
July 2007 Illinois Jul 18: Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a motion by Cavel International, allowing the plant to temporarily resume horse slaughter operations. Facility allowed to operate while the appeal is pending.
September 2007 Illinois Sep 21: Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals rules in support of a lower court’s earlier decision on the constitutionality of a state law banning the practice of horse slaughter for human consumption. Victory.  Cavel Appeal Denied. Temporary injunction revoked. Cavel is the last horse slaughter house in United States to close.
November 2007 Illinois Nov 02: Ill. State Rep. Robert S. Molaro (D-25th) introduces bill HB 4166 in response to a double-decker trailer accident in which 18 of 59 horses died due to accident related injuries. Successful. The measure amends Section 5 of Illinois’ Humane Care For Animals Act, adding: “No person may transport any equidae in any vehicle or trailer containing two or more levels of equidae, one on top of another.”
November 2007 USDA Nov 07: USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service considers a change to its regulations concerning the humane transport of horses being shipped to slaughter. The proposed rule change would extend the protections in place for equids heading to slaughter to those moving within the pipeline, including horses going to an assembly point, feedlot, or stockyard.
November 2007 110th Congress 1st Session Nov 14: S. 311 placed on Senate legislative Calendar No. 488 under General Orders. Hold placed on the Bill by at least three Senators on behalf of lobbyists. S 311 fails to reach Senate floor for a vote.
December 2007 110th Congress 1st Session 1st Session adjourns. Congress reconvenes in January to start the 2nd Session. Pending legislation carries forward.

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Horse Slaughter Legislative Timeline 2006

 State and Federal Legislation including
109th U.S. Congress (2005—2006)

DATE VENUE ACTIVITY RESULT
January 2006 USDA Letter sent to USDA dated Jan. 17th from members of Congress demanding enforcement of the Amendment of the Ag Budget Bill suspending funding of USDA inspections at horse slaughter plants. See “USDA skirts horse meat ban“. USDA ignores these demands and instead implements “fee-for-service” inspections commencing in March 2006.
January 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 503 adds 9 co-sponsors. Total = 143
February 2006 United States District Court, District of Columbia Animal Rights groups & individuals sue the USDA and Sec’y of Agriculture Johanns re fee-for-service arrangement contrary to Congressional mandate. Unsuccessful. Fee-for-service to commence Mar. 10, 2006.
February 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 503 adds 5 co-sponsors. Total = 148
March 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 503 adds 8 co-sponsors. Total = 156
April 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 503 adds 3 co-sponsors. Total = 159
May 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session Sweeney-Spratt Amendment vote held May 17th. SUCCESSFUL. Wins unanimously. Passes as is in Conf. Cmte. Suspends funding for sale of wild horses & burros FY 2007.
May 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 503 adds 16 co-sponsors. Total = 175
June 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 503 adds 22 co-sponsors. Total = 197
July 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session July 13, 2006. Rep. Whitfield requests unanimous consent to refer H.R. 503 to the Committee for Energy & Commerce and the Committee on Agriculture. Agreed to without objection.
July 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session July 25, 2006. Hearing of the Subcommittee of the U.S. Committee for Energy & Commerce held re H.R. 503. (Sidenote: U.S. House Agriculture Committee did not respond within deadline to mark up the Bill.) Discharged with no amendments, and a favorable report to the House, July 26, 2006.
July 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session July 27, 2006. Hearing of the House Committee for Agriculture held despite missed deadline to mark up the Bill. Opponents only allowed to testify; numerous poison-pen amendments introduced and passed, many unanimously. Discharged with an unfavorable report to the House. Referred to the Rules Committee for reconciliation.
September 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session September 7, 2006. H.R. 503, debated and voted on in the House. Wins 263-146. Certified by the Clerk and reported to the Senate.
September 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session September 8, 2006. H.R. 503 received in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.
September 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session September 11, 2006. H.R. 503 read the second time in the Senate. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 603.
September 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session September 12, 2006. Wrong version of H.R. 503 discovered reported to the Senate (included amendment from the Ag Cmte Hearing) Clerical error reported to the Clerk.
September 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session September 18, 2006. Previous actions regarding erroneous version of H.R. 503 vitiated by Unanimous Consent. (CR S9686). Returned to the House pursuant to the provisions of H.Res.1011 by Unanimous Consent.
September 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session September 19, 2006. Message on Senate action sent to the House regarding erroneously reported version of H.R. 503. H.R. 503 papers returned to the House.
September 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session September 20, 2006. Correct version of H.R. 503 received in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.
September 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session September 21, 2006. Correct version of H.R. 503 read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 631.
December 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session Despite intensive lobbying by advocates, Bill blocked and never reaches the Senate floor for a vote. Dies. UNSUCCESSFUL.
December 2006 109th Congress, 2nd Session All Sessions concluded, the 109th Congress adjourns. All legislation left pending is dead, and no work carries forward. Bills must be re-introduced and started afresh.

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Horse Slaughter Legislative Timeline 2005

 State and Federal Legislation including
109th U.S. Congress (2005—2006)

DATE VENUE ACTIVITY RESULT
January 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session Rep. Rahall (D-WV) introduces H.R. 297 with Rep. Whitfield (R-KY) to restore protective measures to the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971. See below.
January 2005 Arizona State Senator Mitchell introduces S.B.1288 prohibiting the slaughter of Horses. See below.
January 2005 Connecticut State Representative Diana Urban (R-43) introduces H.B.6395 banning the export of horses for slaughter. Unsuccessful.
January 2005 New Mexico State Senator Steve Komadina (R-9) introduces S.B.67, a bill that prohibits the slaughter of horses and the possession or importation of horse meat intended for human consumption. Unsuccessful.
February 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY) introduces H.R. 503 on February 1, 2005, an amendment to The Horse Protection Act that would ban horse slaughter and export for slaughter.

The bill was referred to the U. S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce with 15 originating co-sponsors (16 total).

See below.
February 2005 New York Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick (D-66) and Senator Frank Padavan (R-11) introduce a bill on Feb. 2nd that prohibits the slaughter or sale of horses for human consumption. This bill also prohibits importing horse meat into the state for human consumption. Bill passed Senate; pending the Assembly.
February 2005 Illinois Representative Robert Molaro introduces H.B.1171 amending the Illinois Horse Meat Act on Feb. 8th providing that “. . . . it is unlawful for any person to slaughter a horse if that person knows or should know that any of the horse meat will be used for human consumption . . .”

Bill held in abeyance; must re-apply for hearing.

Unsuccessful.
February 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 503 adds 28 co-sponsors. Total = 43
March 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 503 adds 29 co-sponsors. Total = 72
March 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) introduces S. 576, a Senate companion bill to the H.R. 297, introduced by Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), which will reverse the Burns Amendment to the Wild Horses and Burros Act. See below.
April 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 503 adds 18 co-sponsors. Total = 90
May 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 503 adds 8 co-sponsors. Total = 98
May 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session Rahall-Whitfield Amendment to U.S. House Interior Appropriations Bill vote held May 19th. Wins the House 269-158-6. Suspends funding for sale of wild horses & burros FY 2006. Passed Conf. Cmte. SUCCESSFUL.
June 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session Sweeney-Spratt Amendment to U.S. House Agriculture Appropriations Bill vote held June 8th. Wins the House 269-158-25.

Suspends funding for fiscal year 2006 for inspections at horse slaughter plants.

Passed Conf. Cmte. SUCCESSFUL.
June 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 503 adds 10 co-sponsors. Total = 108
July 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 503 adds 113 co-sponsors. Total = 108
September 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 503 adds 7 co-sponsors. Total = 120
October 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session Senators Ensign and Landrieu introduce S. 1915, companion bill to H.R. 503, with 7 originating co-sponsors. Ends Session with 10 in total. See below.
October 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 503 adds 4 co-sponsors. Total = 124
November 2005 USDA / FSIS Horse slaughter plants in Texas and Illinois quietly petition USDA and FSIS behind Congress’s back to pay for their own inspections. Successful, but later overturned by Federal Court ruling.
November 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 503 adds 7 co-sponsors. Total = 131
December 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 503 adds 3 co-sponsors. Total = 134
December 2005 109th Congress, 1st Session 1st Session of 109th Congress adjourns. Reconvenes in January 2006 for the 2nd Session. Pending legislation carries forward.

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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.

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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.

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Horse Slaughter Legislative Timeline 1998-2002

State and Federal Legislative Activities

DATE VENUE ACTIVITY RESULT
November 1998 California Proposition 6 Banning Horse Slaughter Passed by Nearly 5 Million California Voters SUCCESSFUL.
July 2001 107th Congress, 1st Session H.R. 2622, “Helping Out to Rescue and Save Equines Act,” introduced by U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (NY-27) on July 25, 2001, “To prohibit the interstate transport of horses for the purpose of slaughter or horse flesh intended for human consumption, and for other purposes,” and referred to House Cmte on Agriculture.

Referred to House Subcommittee on Livestock and Horticulture on August 1, 2001.

See Thomas.gov

Unsuccessful. H.R. 2622 died in Cmte. It had 8 co-sponsors.
January 2002 Massachusetts State Ballot Initiative Banning Horse Slaughter Unsuccessful. Fails to get 57,100 signatures by 3,174 in bait and switch tactic.
February 2002 107th Congress, 2nd Session H.R. 3781, “The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act,” introduced by Rep. Constance Morella (MD-8) on February 14, 2002, and referred to House Agriculture Committee, House International Committee and House Ways and Means Committe.

Referred to House Subcommittee on Livestock and Horticulture on February 25, 2002.

See Congress.gov.

Unsuccessful.

H.R. 3781 (commonly referred by anti-horse slaughter activists as the “Morella Bill”, was “three-committee-ed” which is a death knell to any piece of legislation. It had 65 co-sponsors, and never received a hearing in any of the committees it was assigned to.

The 107th was Rep. Morella’s last Congress.

February 2002 Texas State Rep. Tony Goolsby, Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, solicits Texas Attorney General John Cornyn for an Opinion re: enforceability of Texas Agriculture Code Section 149 which bans live horse slaughter for human consumption. See below.
August 2002 Texas See above. Attorney General John Cornyn issues Opinion that horse slaughter is illegal in Texas.
September 2002 USDC, Northern District of Texas, Ft. Worth Division Beltex and Dallas Crown Sue in Federal Court to Block Prosecutors from Closing Plants following Cornyn Opinion. Judge Terry Means rules in favor of slaughter plants in 2005.

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