Texas horse slaughter ban applies to hauling too, says A.G.
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, June 2008:
AUSTIN–Texas attorney general Greg Abbott during the first
week of May 2008 issued a legal opinion that the state law against
slaughtering horses for human consumption also prohibits transporting
horsemeat from Mexican slaughterhouses to Texas ports for foreign
“State representive Warren Chisum (R-Pampa), who supports
horse slaughter, said he requested the attorney general’s opinion
after being approached last year by an attorney for a slaughterhouse
in Mexico,” reported Lisa Sandberg of the San Antonio Express-News.
“Mexico kills horses, whether we like it or not, and people
in France eat them. And sometimes the slaughterhouses like to ship
the meat out of Corpus Christi or Houston,” Chisum told Sandberg.
Abbott’s opinion gained more notice after a truckload of
horsemeat spilled in Grand Junction, Colorado on May 25, blocking
I-70 for ten hours–but that load was en route to California to be
made into dog food, reported KJCT news.
Exports of U.S. horses to slaughter in Canada and Mexico have
risen since the last U.S. slaughterhouses were closed in mid-2007.
The traffic has attracted increasing media attention, including a
June 10, 2008 CBC National television broadcast entitled No Country
U.S. opponents of horse slaughter hope the exposure will
build momentum toward the passage of a federal bill entitled the
Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, introduced as HR 503 in the House of
Representatives and S 311 in the Senate. The bill, running out of
time for passage by the 110th Congress, would ban interstate
commerce and exports of horses for slaughter.
The horse industry responds that the abuses associated with
export can only be abolished by reopening the U.S. horse
slaughterhouses. A resolution to that effect was introduced at the
April 2008 National Conference of State Legislatures in Washington,
D.C., but was defeated.