NEXT IN THE WAR AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER
June 3, 2003
our victory against horse slaughter in the Texas state legislature, the battle
now moves to the Federal level. At
the Federal level, we have two battles: one in the Federal court and one in the
Federal Court Battle.
As most of you know, shortly
after the Texas Attorney General ruled that the two Texas horse slaughter plants
were in violation of Chapter 149 of the Texas Agriculture Code, which makes it a
criminal offense to sell horsemeat for human consumption, the plants filed a
lawsuit in the United States District Court in Ft. Worth, Texas to stop the
Tarrant and Kaufman County District Attorneys from prosecuting them.
The basis for their suit was that the Federal law which protects
interstate commerce overrides the Texas law outlawing the sale of horsemeat for
human consumption. That lawsuit is
still pending in the Federal court and there is little or nothing we, as members
of the general public, can do but await the Federal judge’s
decision. According to the Tarrant
County District Attorney’s
office that decision should come sometime toward the end of the year.
Until then the Tarrant and Kaufman County District Attorneys have been
ordered by the Federal court to not prosecute the horse slaughter plants.
Thus, we are simply in a waiting game.
We have every reason to believe that we will be successful in the court
battle but only time will tell.
please note it would be counterproductive to write the Federal judge or the
District Attorney. Ann Diamond, the
Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney is fighting for our cause as hard as
anyone can and we feel like we are
being very well represented by her in this case.
on our side, she is dedicated, smart, and hard working.
Calls and letters to her will only be a distraction.
Further, the Federal judge will not be persuaded by public opinion since
he is appointed for life and has sworn to uphold the law.
His job is not to make law but interpret it.
Thus, the Federal case is strictly a legal matter and public input
is not appropriate. Please do not
write or otherwise contact the Federal judge or the District Attorney.
We will follow the case closely and post updates as they occur.
HR 857 prohibits the transport of horses across state lines and
international borders for the purpose of slaughter and also
prohibits the sale or transport of horsemeat for human consumption.
If passed, HR 857 will put an end once and for all to the slaughter of American
horses both in the U.S. and in foreign countries.
Please call, fax or
write your US Congressman and urge them to cosponsor the American Horse
Slaughter Prevention Act (HR 857). Let them know how recent efforts to legalize
horse slaughter in Texas met with overwhelming opposition from the public. Tell
them about the survey conducted last month that showed that 72% of Texans oppose
To locate your member
of Congress and their contact information along with FAQ's, statements of
support, a copy of the bill and current cosponsors, the