Only “stunned”, not dead, this horse had been dropped from the stun chute onto a moving platform where a hind leg has now been secured & hoisted into the air by the man in white as the horse proceeds through the slaughter plant. Link
September 7, 2006 — The U.S. House on Thursday voted 263-146 in favor of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, which bans the slaughter of horses for human consumption.
Co-sponsored by Reps. John Sweeney (R-New York) and Ed Whitfield (R-Kentucky), the bill seeks to amend the Horse Protection Act to ban the shipping, purchasing, selling, delivering or receiving of horses to be slaughtered for human consumption. Two amendments to alter the bill failed to pass.
AQHA opposed the bill, which would if it becomes law shut down horse slaughter plants in Fort Worth and Kaufman, Texas; and DeKalb, Illinois.
An AQHA release stated, “AQHA and the Horse Welfare Council opposed the bill because of its shortcomings on a number of different fronts. The bill doesn’t offer any solutions to the 100,000 unwanted or unusable horses that are sent to slaughter facilities each year and infringes on the rights of all horse owners. Additionally, the bill does not have any oversight measures or guidelines for equine rescue operations that are expected to absorb these horses each year. AQHA supported humane transportation and treatment laws for horses bound for slaughter.
“In the end most members of Congress found it hard to vote against this bill, which was heavily lobbied for by animal rights groups and the Humane Society of the United States,” the release continued. “While AQHA does not favor slaughter over other end-of-life options, it does believe it should remain an option for owners. By passing this bill, AQHA and HWC officials believe bottom-end, unemployable and unwanted animals will suffer increased neglect and place an undue burden on state and local governments. The bill now moves on to the Senate.
A similar version of the bill, Senate Bill 1915, is currently before the Senate Commerice, Science, and Transportation Committee. The bill is co-sponsored by Sens. John Ensign (R-Nevada) and Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana).