Dori Edwards, Global Animal
NEW JERSEY — Governor Christie of New Jersey thanked Assemblyman Ronald Dancer and animal advocates for proposing the bill that makes horse slaughter illegal. After the proposal was favored 72-3 in the state assembly, Christie signed the bill on Friday, September 21 which disallows the slaughter of horses within the state of New Jersey and prohibits the use of New Jersey highways for the transport of horses intended for slaughter or human consumption.
The horse is New Jersey’s state animal and according to Dancer, the state “appreciate(s) these magnificent animals for their grace and beauty.” Dancer expresses on behalf of the state that their horses “will not be taken from stable to a table.”
Under the new law, anyone convicted of horse slaughter will receive a fine of $100 and be imprisoned for 30 days. A civil fine of $500-$1000 per slaughtered horse will also be imposed.
Animal activists countrywide are hoping the next step is to pass the American Horse Slaughter Act of 2011. Although no horses are currently slaughtered in the states, over 100,000 are exported to neighboring countries for that purpose. The state of New Mexico recently applied for government approval to slaughter horses.
A poll conducted by Lake Research Partners revealed that 80% of Americans are against horse slaughter and the consumption of horse meat. Before horse slaughter becomes a United States’ pass time, animal welfare advocates need to band together to influence preventative measures for the safety of our country’s horses. Sign the petition below to help outlaw the slaughter of these regal creatures.