Bill Encourages Making Horse Sausage in Tennessee

Legislation to encourage horse slaughterhouses in Tennessee won approval of a House committee Tuesday, five months after Congress lifted what amounted to a national ban on processing the animals for food.
As introduced by Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, HB3619 simply called on the state commissioner of agriculture to keep statistics on horses on a website.
As amended before approval by the House Agricuture Committee, it instead erects a legal hurdle for lawsuits against horse slaughterhouses and inserts into law a declaration that “the General Assembly intends to encourage the location of equine slaughter and processing facilities in Tennessee that meet all sanitary, safety and humane slaughter requirements.”
Under the proposed new law, anyone filing a lawsuit to challenge issuance of a permit for horse slaughter would have to post a surety bond equal to 20 percent of the estimated cost of building the facility or, if it is already open, to its operational costs.


Also, if a judge finds the legal challenge “without merit,” the person or group filing the challenge is subject to paying the slaughter facility’s court costs, attorney fees and “all financial losses the facility suffers” as a result of the legal action.
The idea, said House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains, is to show prospective horse processing operations that “we are going to be fair and friendly toward them.”
Niceley, who unsuccessfully pushed horse slaughter legislation himself in the past, said he is aware of potential slaughterhouse operators already looking to locate operations in Tennessee.
Holt said a federal ban on horse slaughter within the United States, which took effect in 2006, has dramatically diminished the value of horses and led to thousands of animals being neglected or abandoned to starve.
At the same time, Holt said, export of American horses to Canada and Mexico, which still permit horse slaughter, has surged. Especially in Mexico, he said horses face inhumane slaughter conditions.
“Areas like Tennessee suffer disproportionately because they’re so far from the Canadan and Mexican markets,” he said, adding that Tennessee had about 142,000 horses at last count and ranks sixth among all states in horse population.
Passing the bill, Holt said, opens the door to providing jobs in horse meat production within Tennessee as well as to more humane treatment of horses than being trucked to another country for slaughter or dying of starvation.
President Obama signed into law last November legislation that restored the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ability to inspect horse meat processing facilities, which had been ended in 2006 to impose an effective ban since, without inspections, the meat could not be sold.
Only Rep. Johnny Shaw, D-Boliver, voted against Holt’s bill in committee. It is scheduled for a Senate commmitttee vote next week.

13 thoughts on “Bill Encourages Making Horse Sausage in Tennessee

  1. Mary Schanz

    No cilivized society in the 21st century would allow the continued slaughter of animals that are our pets. How can you even consider such a bill? We take a step forward toward civility and then ten steps back. Humans in their self righteousness continue to create another act of horrible cruelty like all the other factory farms in this country that practice legal cruelty. Mahatma Gandhi said “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” You have failed and this nation has failed. Instead of useing the excuse that it is better to build slaughter houses here to humanely slaughter the horses, which they are not and will not be, you should be working on a bill to ban the export of horses to Mexico and Canada. What a lame excuse for your support of this hideous act of cruelty.

  2. Mary Schanz

    No cilivized society in the 21st century would allow the continued slaughter of animals that are our pets. How can you even consider such a bill? We take a step forward toward civility and then ten steps back. Humans in their self righteousness continue to create another act of horrible cruelty like all the other factory farms in this country that practice legal cruelty. Mahatma Gandhi said “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” You have failed and this nation has failed. Instead of useing the excuse that it is better to build slaughter houses here to humanely slaughter the horses, which they are not and will not be, you should be working on a bill to ban the export of horses to Mexico and Canada. What a lame excuse for your support of this hideous act of cruelty.

  3. D Gentry

    how do we stop this? I know that some people think that it is a good way of handling unwanted horses but I disagree. Please let me know.
    Thanks,
    Darlene Gentry

  4. linda sheltyon

    I want to help to fight this legislation . Tell me how. This is dispicable. I Love horses. Why dont we make sausage out of old Representatives/

  5. Peggy Kuhn

    Please DO NOT allow this to happen …..Our horses in today’s society are compnion animals..not to be on someone’s dinner table.I have to very young horse 4 and 6 that escaped the kill buyers …Registered Tn. Walking horses that fell through the cracks and would have been on a fork had I not gotten them. The unconditional love and happiness they bring to my life is amazing. Please vote NO to HB3619.We get you all elected please hear our voices…We can speak out as humans..Our Horses can not…”NO VOICE NO CHOICE” Please help protect our very love 4 legged companions.

  6. Peggy Kuhn

    Please DO NOT allow this to happen..Our horses in today’s society are companion animals…Not to be on someones dinner table, I have two very young horses 4 and 6 that escaped the kill buyers….Registered Tn Walking Horses that fell through the cracks and would have been on a fork had I not gotten them. The unconditional love and happiness they bring to my life is amazing. Please vot NO to HB3619. We get you all elected please hear our voices…We CAN SPEAK out as humans…Our Horses CANNOT…” NO VOICE NO CHOICE’ Please help protect our very loved 4 legged companions

  7. Glynn Holmes

    As a farmer the opening of the horse slaughter facilties is good news.I have had people turn their horses loose in my pastures because they couldn’t afford to take care of them.They were turned over to the SPCA who later killed them because they couldn’t adopt them out.Animal right nuts I’ll call you and let you feed them

  8. Glynn Holmes

    As a farmer the opening of the horse slaughter facilties is good news.I have had people turn their horses loose in my pastures because they couldn’t afford to take care of them.They were turned over to the SPCA who later killed them because they couldn’t adopt them out.Animal right nuts I’ll call you and let you feed them

  9. sad American

    Here’s an idea for you slaughter supporters…..
    Americans are so busy rescuing slaughter horses that no one has money or space to buy any more horses!
    Now that puts the problem into perspective correctly.
    We love horses as pets. Farmers I know have animals
    For money. That’s your fault for breeding too many animals in the first place. Not mine. Stop breeding. Start a new business. Do something good with your life. You won’t bother me. I quit supporting horse industry years ago. You are a bad few in usa.

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