Posted by Jeremy Rangiawha 01:52 PM 05-May-2004 NZST

The Hambletonian Society Inc. recently joined the growing list of organisations that support a bill currently before the United States Congress banning the slaughter of horses in the U.S. for human consumption.

The name of the bill in question is the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. Bill 857).

At the winter meeting in March, the board voted unanimously to support the bill, joining more than 100 groups and individuals as diverse as the American Humane Association, Churchill Downs, Sir Paul McCartney and the New Jersey Racing Commission.

The bill currently needs just three more co-sponsors to represent a majority in Congress.

The Hambletonian Society is a non-profit organisation formed in 1924 to encourage and support the breeding of Standardbred horses through the development, administration and promotion of harness racing stakes and other special events.

Harness racing's most prominent race, the Hambletonian, and the sport's championship series, the Breeders Crown are included in the Society's management of 132 of harness racing's most important events at 16 North American tracks, including the 45 races which it owns.

Courtesy Of the Hambletonian Society