H.R. 503 (109th): Horse Slaughter Prohibition bill

109th Congress, 2005–2006. Text as of Feb 01, 2005 (Introduced).

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109th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 503

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 1, 2005

(for himself, Mr. Spratt, Mr. Whitfield, Mrs. Bono, Mr. Brown of Ohio, Mr. Cox, Mrs. Capps, Mr. Engel, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. Ferguson, Mr. Gene Green of Texas, Mr. Pallone, Mr. Towns, Mr. Gallegly, Mr. Moran of Virginia, and Mr. Shays) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, and for other purposes.

1.

Prohibition on shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines for slaughter for human consumption

(a)

Definitions

Section 2 of the Horse Protection Act (15 U.S.C. 1821) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating paragraphs (1), (2), (3), and (4) as paragraphs (2), (3), (5), and (6), respectively;

(2)

by inserting before paragraph (2), as so redesignated, the following new paragraph:

(1)

The term human consumption means ingestion by people as a source of food.

; and

(3)

by inserting after paragraph (3), as so redesignated, the following new paragraph:

(4)

The term slaughter means the killing of one or more horses or other equines with the intent to sell or trade the flesh for human consumption.

.

(b)

Findings

Section 3 of the Horse Protection Act (15 U.S.C. 1822) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating paragraphs (1) through (5) as paragraphs (6) through (10), respectively;

(2)

by adding before paragraph (6), as so redesignated, the following new paragraphs:

(1)

horses and other equines play a vital role in the collective experience of the United States and deserve protection and compassion;

(2)

horses and other equines are domestic animals that are used primarily for recreation, pleasure, and sport;

(3)

unlike cows, pigs, and many other animals, horses and other equines are not raised for the purpose of being slaughtered for human consumption;

(4)

individuals selling horses or other equines at auctions are seldom aware that the animals may be bought for the purpose of being slaughtered for human consumption;

(5)

the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the Department of Agriculture has found that horses and other equines cannot be safely and humanely transported in double deck trailers;

; and

(3)

by striking paragraph (8), as so redesignated, and inserting the following new paragraph:

(8)

the movement, showing, exhibition, or sale of sore horses in intrastate commerce, and the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation in intrastate commerce of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, adversely affect and burden interstate and foreign commerce;

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(c)

Prohibition

Section 5 of the Horse Protection Act (15 U.S.C. 1824) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating paragraphs (8) through (11) as paragraphs (9) through (12), respectively; and

(2)

by inserting after paragraph 7 the following new paragraph:

(8)

The shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of any horse or other equine to be slaughtered for human consumption.

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(d)

Authority to detain

Section 6(e) of the Horse Protection Act (15 U.S.C. 1825(e)) is amended—

(1)

by striking the first sentence of paragraph (1);

(2)

by redesignating paragraphs (1) and (2) and as paragraphs (2) and (3), respectively; and

(3)

by inserting before paragraph (2), as so redesignated, the following new paragraph:

(1)

The Secretary may detain for examination, testing, or the taking of evidence—

(A)

any horse at any horse show, horse exhibition, or horse sale or auction which is sore or which the Secretary has probable cause to believe is sore; and

(B)

any horse or other equine which the Secretary has probable cause to believe is being shipped, transported, moved, delivered, received, possessed, purchased, sold, or donated in violation of section 5(8).

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(e)

Authorization of appropriations

Section 12 of the Horse Protection Act (15 U.S.C. 1831) is amended by striking $500,000 and inserting $5,000,000.