Governor Christie signs law banning horse slaughter in New Jersey

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Governor Christie signed A.2023/S.1976 on Friday making it illegal to slaughter horses for human consumption in New Jersey. The law also prohibits the sale of horse meat for human consumption, bans the transport of live horses for the purpose of slaughter, and bans the transport of horse meat for human consumption.

Governor Christie signed a New Jersey law that now prohibits the slaughter of horses and the sale and transport of horses and horse meat for human consumption.
Credits: Photo by Liz Lamont

According to The Political State, Governor Christie stated:

“This bipartisan measure is a nod to our decency and respect for horses in our state, ensuring that no horse is slaughtered in New Jersey for human consumption. It also ensures that our highways will not be used to transport horses to slaughter in other states which have not enacted a similar ban on the practice.”

The bill was introduced by Assemblyman Ronald Dancer(R) of Ocean, Burlington, Middlesex and Mercer Counties and Senator Raymond Lesniak (D) of Union County.

In May, Assembly Dancer stated:

“New Jersey does not eat horse meat and our horses will not be taken from stable to a table.”

More than 80 percent of Americans are against the slaughter of horses for human consumption, and even though there are no horse slaughter plants in the United States, over 100,000 American horses are still exported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter.

Horses are not raised for human consumption and are commonly treated with carcinogenic drugs prohibited by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

The law now imposes a fine of $100 and imprisonment of 30 days for anyone convicted of slaughtering or selling horse meat for human consumption. Civil fines ranging from $500 to $1000 will be applicable for each slaughtered horse.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Advocacy Center states:

“Now more than ever, it is critical that we do all we can to get Congress to pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. If passed, this legislation would achieve two things: It would prohibit the export of our horses to other countries for slaughter, and it would completely ban horse slaughter for human consumption in the United States. While there is currently no commercial horse slaughter occurring in the U.S., proponents are working to resume it. Unless citizens object, horses may soon be commercially slaughtered in our communities for human consumption overseas. A slaughter facility in New Mexico has already applied for government approval to slaughter horses.

Animal protection organizations and humane supporters continue to support the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 – HR2966/S1176 which will prohibit the transport and sale of all horses in the United States.

For more information how you can help, please click here.

News Link:http://www.examiner.com/article/governor-christie-signs-law-banning-horse-slaughter-new-jersey

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Lesniak Bill Package To Address Animal Cruelty Advances From Committee

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“Well done Mr. Lesniak, 2 bills that I am in full agreement with, lets hope the full Senate agrees & passes these as law. Read the full article, at the link below, I have cut out quite a bit!”

TRENTON – A pair of bills sponsored by Senate Economic Growth Committee Chairman Raymond J. Lesniak which would prohibit the use of “gestation crates” for pigs and the slaughter of horses or the sale of horse meat for human consumption in New Jersey was approved by the Committee today.

“We have to recognize that if our society values such things as justice, fairness and compassion, then we have a societal responsibility to apply those conditions across the board – in our dealings with people as well as animals,” said Lesniak, D-Union. “German philosopher Immanuel Kant said it best when he said, ‘We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.’ If we are serious about fostering a moral and ethical society, we have to be concerned not just with cruelty and injustice perpetrated by humans against humans, but also cruelty and injustice perpetrated by humans against the animal kingdom.”

The first bill in the package, S-1921, would establish an animal cruelty offense of cruel confinement of a gestating pig as a disorderly persons offense. The bill would define cruel confinement as crating, confining or tethering a gestating sow in order to prevent the free range of motion. Under the bill, a violator would be guilty of a disorderly persons offense, punishable by a fine of between $250 and $1,000 and up to six months imprisonment – and each gestating sow that is cruelly confined would be considered a separate offense. The bill would also subject violators to an additional civil penalty of between $250 and $1,000 to be recovered in the name of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or a county society for the prevention of animal cruelty.

The bill was approved by a vote of 3-0, and now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

The second bill in the package, S-1976, would prohibit a person from engaging in the slaughter of horses for human consumption, or the sale, trade or attempted sale of horse meat in New Jersey.

Under the bill, a person would be guilty of a disorderly persons offense, subject to a minimum criminal fine of $100 or a term of imprisonment not less than 30 days, for knowingly slaughtering a horse for consumption purposes, knowingly selling, bartering or attempting to sell or barter the flesh of a horse for human consumption, or any product made in whole or part from the flesh of a horse, and knowingly transporting a horse or horse meat for the purpose of human consumption.

In addition to the criminal penalties under the bill, violators would be subject to additional civil fines of between $500 and $1,000 for each horse that has been slaughtered or transported, and each horse carcass or meat product that has been sold or bartered in violation of the bill’s provisions

The bill was approved by a vote of 3-0, and now heads to the full Senate for consideration

Read The Full News Here: http://njtoday.net/2012/06/04/lesniak-bill-package-to-address-animal-cruelty-advances-from-committee/#ixzz1wvFGvNDC
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