Monday, January 26, 2009

Arkansas Horse Council Resolution Pro Slaughter HR1004

Betty Jones, Pres., AR Horse Council Has Announced the Resoluton HR 1004 on Pro Slaughter

1 State of Arkansas2 87th General Assembly DRAFT GLG/RCK3 Regular Session, 2009 HCR45 By: Representative Ragland678 HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION9 REQUESTING THE ARKANSAS CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION10 AND THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO SUPPORT11 HORSE PROCESSING FACILITIES.1213 Subtitle14 REQUESTING THE ARKANSAS CONGRESSIONAL15 DELEGATION AND THE CONGRESS OF THE16 UNITED STATES TO SUPPORT HORSE17 PROCESSING FACILITIES.181920 WHEREAS, horse processing is the most tightly regulated animal harvest;21 and2223 WHEREAS, horse processing is the only animal processing for which24 transportation is regulated; and2526 WHEREAS, the Horse Welfare Coalition estimates that annually ninety27 thousand (90,000) to one hundred thousand (100,000) unwanted horses will be28 exposed to potential abandonment and neglect if horse processing plants are29 forced to close and horse export options are eliminated; and3031 WHEREAS, those ninety thousand (90,000) to one hundred thousand32 (100,000) unwanted horses will compete each year for adoption with the33 thirty-two thousand (32,000) wild horses that United States taxpayers are34 currently paying forty million dollars ($40 million) to shelter and feed; and3536 WHEREAS, the nation's inadequate, overburdened, and unregulated horseHCR2 11-03-2008 08:56 GLG009rescue and adoption f 1 acilities cannot handle the influx of approximately2 sixty thousand (60,000) or more additional horses each year that would result3 from a harvesting ban, according to the Congressional Research Service; and45 WHEREAS, many zoo animal diets rely on equine protein because it6 closely resembles the food that the zoo animal would consume in the wild; and78 WHEREAS, many veterinarians and animal nutritionists assert that equine9 protein is the healthiest diet for big cats and rare birds; and1011 WHEREAS, the only source of equine protein that is inspected by the12 United States Department of Agriculture will be eliminated if federal13 legislation shuts down horse processing facilities,1415 NOW THEREFORE,16 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EIGHTY-SEVENTH17 GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS, THE SENATE CONCURRING THEREIN:1819 That the House of Representatives of the Eighty-seventh General20 Assembly of the State of Arkansas requests all members of the Arkansas21 congressional delegation to support the continuation of horse processing in22 the United States and to offer incentives that help create horse processing23 plants, such as state-inspected horse harvest for export.2425 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the House of Representatives of the Eighty26seventh General Assembly of the State of Arkansas urges the Congress of the27 United States to support new horse processing facilities and the continuation28 of existing facilities on both the state and national level.2930 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the House of Representatives of the Eighty31seventh General Assembly of the State of Arkansas urges the Congress of the32 United States to oppose S. 311 and H.R. 503 of the 110th Congress and to33 support the processing of horses in the United States and internationally.3435 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the House of Representatives of the Eighty36seventh General Assembly of the State of Arkansas supports the location of United States 1 Department of Agriculture-approved horse processing facilities2 on state, tribal, or private lands under mutually-acceptable and market3driven land leases and, if necessary, a mutually-acceptable assignment of4 revenues that meets the needs of all parties involved with the horse5 processing facility; and67 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, after adoption, copies of this resolution8 shall be sent by the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives to the9 members of Arkansas's congressional delegation, the President of the United10 States Senate, and the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
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2 comments: said...

We really need to stop this action before horse slaughter gets a foothold in Arkansas. Please contact your Arkansas Congressmen!

Barb AZ said...

We don't want to see horse slaughter in ANY state. We need to oppose this.