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F.ood & H.ealth : Agri. & Environ. Last Updated: Nov 12th, 2006 - 20:38:00

Cattle Producers Oppose Ban on Horse Slaughter
Sep 6, 2006, 16:25

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(Billings, Mont.) – The U.S. House of Representatives is tentatively scheduled to vote this week on HR 503, "The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act." If passed, the bill would go to the U.S. Senate for consideration. If passed there, it would mean an immediate, permanent ban on the "shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, or other purposes." There are three horse-slaughtering facilities in the United States, which ship the resulting products overseas where diners consider the meat a cultural delicacy.

"R-CALF USA opposes legislation that would ban horse slaughter in the United States," said R-CALF USA President and Region V Director Chuck Kiker. "Horses are the private property of ranchers and cattle farmers all across this country, and under the free-enterprise system this nation was founded on, horse owners should be able to maintain their right to dispose of their private property as they see fit. We don’t need another layer of federal bureaucracy to intrude on our daily business decisions.

"The horse industry is extremely large in the United States, and producers need options to economically market unwanted horses," Kiker concluded.

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R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America) is a national, non-profit organization and is dedicated to ensuring the continued profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. R-CALF USA represents thousands of U.S. cattle producers on both domestic and international trade and marketing issues. Members are located across 47 states and are primarily cow/calf operators, cattle backgrounders, and/or feedlot owners. R-CALF USA has more than 60 affiliate organizations and various main-street businesses are associate members. For more information, visit or, call 406-252-2516.

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