ALBANY, N.Y. — Bills have been introduced in both the state Senate and Assembly that would prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

Senate bill 5983 and Assembly bill 7871 would prohibits any person from “slaughtering a horse where such person knows or has reason to know that such horse will be used for human consumption; and prohibits any person from possessing, importing into or exporting from the state, selling, buying, giving away, holding or accepting any horse with the intent of killing, or having another kill, such horse, if such person knows or should have known that any part of such horse will be used for human consumption.”

There are no slaughterhouses that currently process horses in the United States since federal funding for required inspections was eliminated from the budget. Since slaughter was halted in the United States, the number of horses being shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter rose to more than 100,000 each year, but numbers have been tapering off since 2017.

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New Jersey banned slaughter for human consumption in 2012.

Meanwhile, federal legislation ahs been introduced in each Congressional session but has yet to pass both houses. H.R. 961, The Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2019 is currently in committee but has 149 co-sponsors.

See https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/a7871 or https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/s5983 to see the full text of the New York bills and post comments.

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