Nj Laws on Horse Slaughter

A.2023/S.1976 was introduced by Rep. Ronald Dancer (R-Cream Ridge) and Senator Raymond J. Lesniak (D-Union) and makes it illegal to slaughter horses for human consumption, bans the sale of horse meat, and prohibits the transportation of horse meat or live horses for slaughter. The slaughter of horses is inherently cruel, as the physiology and instinctive flight reactions of horses make them unsuitable for stunning, so they often suffer repeated blows and sometimes remain conscious during slaughter and dismemberment. In addition, horses destined for slaughter suffer incredible abuse even before they reach slaughter, often for more than 24 hours at a time in overcrowded trailers with no food, water or rest. Governor Christie also noted, “This bipartisan measure is a nod to our decency and respect for horses in our state and ensures that no horses are slaughtered in New Jersey for human consumption.” Wild horses are also at risk of being slaughtered, especially since a hijacked congressional rider developed in 2004 by Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) undermined a number of protections of the 1971 Wild Horses in the Free and Burros Act. Now, the Bureau of Land Management, the agency responsible for protecting wild horses, sells “surplus” horses (10 years of age or older or not adopted after three attempts), putting those animals at risk of ending up in the slaughter pipeline. A 2015 investigation by the Office of the Inspector General found that the BLM sold nearly 1,800 wild horses to a single buyer. In 2007, the courts upheld horse slaughter bans in Texas and Illinois — the last two states with horse slaughter facilities. So far, only Texas, Illinois, California and New Jersey have banned the slaughter of horses, meaning slaughter of horses intended for human consumption could resume elsewhere.

c. A disorderly person commits any person who knowingly transports a horse intended for slaughter for human consumption or knowingly transports horse meat or a product manufactured wholly or partly from the meat of a horse for human consumption. Dancer, R-Ocean, Burlington, Middlesex and Mercer introduced A-2023 after lifting a federal ban last fall that overturned a 2006 congressional decision to cut funding for inspecting farms where horses were slaughtered — effectively banning horse consumption. In the United States, horses were never bred for human consumption, but for decades, American horses were bought and slaughtered by a predatory foreign-owned industry to sell in high-end restaurants in Europe and Asia. New Jersey may be a small state, but it has made its voice heard on this issue. On Friday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill codenamed “A-2023.” No matter what you call it, the new law prohibits the public slaughter of horses, the transportation of horses for slaughter, and the sale of horse meat for human consumption. “(The new law) ensures that our highways are not used to transport horses for slaughter in other states that have not adopted a similar ban on this practice,” Governor Christie said. “I want to thank Rep. Dancer and animal rights activists for their leadership on this issue and make sure this bill gets to my desk.” However, this provision applies only to the financial year concerned and must be renewed annually in order for the prohibition to remain in force.

The provision was forfeited in November 2011 for the upcoming 2012 fiscal year. Subsequently, facilities in New Mexico, Iowa and Missouri applied for and obtained USDA permits to begin slaughtering horses. However, litigation prevented companies from implementing it before the renewal of the financial allocation for the 2015 financial year in November 2014. Since then, it has been renewed every year. I thank Pallone for developing the SAFE Act, but that work is not done. Please make it a priority as this Congress draws to a close to protect our nation`s horses and the people they love. The measure creates a statewide ban in response to recent changes at the federal level that lifted a 5-year ban on federal funding for the Department of Agriculture`s inspection of farms that process horse meat for human consumption. There are other options and other homes for horses in this unnecessary pipeline driven by foreign demand. A study published in 2017 shows that 2.3 million adults have the desire and resources to adopt a horse immediately.

This figure is well above the 15,000 horses shipped overseas in 2022. “We thank Governor Christie for protecting New Jersey`s horses from the unnecessary and inherently cruel practice of horse slaughter,” said Debora Bresch, Esq., ASPCA`s senior director of government relations for the Mid-Atlantic region. “As an official animal of the state, horses enjoy great respect among New Jersey residents, and the slaughter of horses is not consistent with their deep-rooted values.” 1. The USDA initially issued an order (CFR 352.19) that allowed the remaining slaughterhouses in Texas and Illinois to circumvent the ban on inspection funding by paying for their own inspections. However, in 2007, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that it was illegal for horse slaughterhouses to pay the USDA for their own horse meat inspections, closing this gap. While the law in New Jersey is a victory for anti-slaughter advocates, it remains to be seen how and if the new law will be enforced. Legislation must be accompanied by enforcement and deliberate efforts to be effective. It will also be necessary to examine the future challenges of the New Jersey law to see if other states hoping to emulate New Jersey`s action should duplicate the wording or classification of these laws. All the horses of battle management could be saved; A ban on slaughter would give them that second chance. An investigation by the San Antonio News-Express documented the use of the puntilla knife on horses before slaughter in Mexican slaughterhouses.

Newspaper footage showed horses repeatedly stabbed in the neck with these knives. Such a barbaric practice simply paralyzes the animal. Horses can be fully conscious at the beginning of the slaughter process, during which they are hung from a hind leg, throat cut and body slaughtered. Death, the final betrayal of these noble animals, is long and painful. Timing is crucial. Thousands of our healthy horses cross our borders every year to be slaughtered for consumption in other countries. Congress has already shut down U.S. slaughterhouses, but continues to turn a blind eye when our horses are shipped overseas — often for up to 28 hours without food, rest, or water — only to suffer an even more inhumane fate in a slaughterhouse. However, federal measures in recent years have blocked the slaughter of horses on American soil.

Since fiscal year 2006, Congress has included directives in annual resource allocation laws that deny funding for federal inspections at horse slaughterhouses. Without such an inspection, horse slaughter facilities cannot operate legally.1 “New Jersey is taking the lead on this issue to ensure horses are not taken from pasture to plate,” Dancer said. “There are several organizations that offer adoption homes for horses instead of sending them to slaughter for their meat.” Many people have heard of the horse meat black market in Florida, which has created a hidden network for illegal slaughterhouses hidden on back roads. Under the new law, anyone in New Jersey who slaughters or sells horse meat for human consumption would be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of at least $100 and imprisonment for at least 30 days. They would also face fines ranging from $500 to $1,000 for each horse. Until Congress passes a law banning the slaughter of horses, show horses, racehorses, foals born as “by-products” of the Premarin industry (a female hormone replacement drug made from the urine of pregnant mares), wild horses, burros and family horses will continue to fall victim to this despicable industry. Supporters working to prevent a return to horse slaughter in the U.S. scored a major victory in a small state last week. But it is the provision of the bill on transport to the slaughterhouse that could bring the most careful readings of the new law.

New Jersey`s key location in the Northeast Interstate Highway System corridor makes this law attractive to horse-drawn tugs and auction buyers wherever they go. I am a veterinarian with over two decades of professional experience and I am part of U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, D-6th Dist. He is chairman of the Committee on Energy and Trade, which currently has a major animal protection law prohibiting the slaughter of horses for human consumption.