Buckeye Farm News
Two major pieces of legislation banning horse slaughter are expected to be reintroduced in early 2009. Farm Bureau strongly opposes legislation to restrict equine processing or export for processing with the belief that banning horses from slaughter infringes on producers’ rights to manage livestock according to commonly accepted agricultural practices and sets a dangerous precedent for banning other foods for reasons other than food safety or public health. Farm Bureau also believes a ban does nothing to improve horse welfare because it ignores the underlying problem of unwanted, unmanageable and abandoned horses. None of the proposed bills addresses the welfare of the horses that cannot be slaughtered or exported. The Animal Welfare Council estimates it would cost $1,900 per year to house and feed each unwanted and abandoned horse, not including veterinary or farrier services. Farm Bureau continues to work to prevent such legislation.