Horse slaughter bill gains steam in Senate
Legislation advances despite organized veterinary medicine's efforts to derail controversial measure
Jun 01, 2004
Although veterinarian Sen. John Ensign introduced the bill, officials with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Association of Equine Practitioners are fighting to derail it.
"We're not taking a stand one way or another as to whether horses should be slaughtered and consumed by human beings," he says. "We're trying to defeat this legislation through education, showing members of Congress that the bill does not address animal welfare. Who will take care of these unwanted animals? We're certainly disappointed that the issue has seemed to take off."
Take off it has. In fact, legislative proponents recruited actress Bo Derek to speak on Capitol Hill in support of the legislation.
If passed, the measure also would ban the import, export and sale of horses or horsemeat for human consumption.