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RE: [RC] Fw: AQHA Action Alert SB311- More legislative idiocy! - Terry Banister

Title: AQHA Action Alert - Senate Bill 311
This is an amendment to the existing bill. The mission is to prevent transportation of horses for the purpose of slaughter for human consumption:

. . . and inserting the following: `(8) the movement, showing, exhibition, or sale of sore horses in intrastate commerce, and the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation in intrastate commerce of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, adversely affect and burden interstate and foreign commerce;'.

The AQHA posted this because the QH industry is one of the worst offenders, and they want to be able to continue dumping horses at auctions.

. . . (3) by inserting before paragraph (2) (as redesignated by paragraph (2)) the following:
`(1) The Secretary may detain for examination, testing, or the taking of evidence--
(A) any horse at any horse show, horse exhibition, or horse sale or auction that is sore or that the Secretary has probable cause to believe is sore; and
`(B) any horse or other equine that the Secretary has probable cause to believe is being shipped, transported, moved, delivered, received, possessed, purchased, sold, or donated in violation of section 5(8). . . .

How is this interpreted to be a threat to endurance? There is no "Secretary" at endurance venues, and there is no mass transportation for the purpose of selling/donating horses for the purpose of human consumption.



From: ricochet@xxxxxxxxxx
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [RC] Fw: AQHA Action Alert SB311- More legislative idiocy!
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 07:11:47 -0700

 
Sherry Brunkhardt
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 10:33 PM
Subject: AQHA Action Alert SB311

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AQHA ACTION ALERT - SENATE BILL 311
Dear AQHA Member:
TRANSPORTING ANY HORSE FOR ANY ACTIVITY MAY BE AT RISK!
Senator Mary Landrieu (D)-Louisiana, has succeeded in scheduling Senate Bill 311 for a floor vote. You may recall this bill reads “To amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, and for other purposes.
Senator Landrieu has offered the following amendment to this bill:
Section 3 of the Horse Protection Act (15 U.S.C. 1822) is amended to add the following:
`(1) horses and other equines play a vital role in the collective experience of the United States and deserve protection and compassion;
`(2) horses and other equines are domestic animals that are used primarily for recreation, pleasure, and sport;
`(3) unlike cows, pigs, and many other animals, horses and other equines are not raised for the purpose of being slaughtered for human consumption;
`(4) individuals selling horses or other equines at auctions are seldom aware that the animals may be bought for the purpose of being slaughtered for human consumption;
`(5) the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the Department of Agriculture has found that horses and other equines cannot be safely and humanely transported in double deck trailers;'; and
(3) by striking paragraph (8) (as redesignated by paragraph (1)) and inserting the following:
`(8) the movement, showing, exhibition, or sale of sore horses in intrastate commerce, and the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation in intrastate commerce of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, adversely affect and burden interstate and foreign commerce;'.
(c) Prohibition- Section 5 of the Horse Protection Act (15 U.S.C. 1824) is amended--
(1) by redesignating paragraphs (8) through (11) as paragraphs (9) through (12), respectively; and
(2) by inserting after paragraph 7 the following:
`(8) The shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of any horse or other equine to be slaughtered for human consumption.'.
(d) Authority To Detain- Section 6(e) of the Horse Protection Act (15 U.S.C. 1825(e)) is amended--
(1) by striking the first sentence of paragraph (1);
(2) by redesignating paragraphs (1) and (2) and as paragraphs (2) and (3), respectively; and
(3) by inserting before paragraph (2) (as redesignated by paragraph (2)) the following:
`(1) The Secretary may detain for examination, testing, or the taking of evidence--
`(A) any horse at any horse show, horse exhibition, or horse sale or auction that is sore or that the Secretary has probable cause to believe is sore; and
`(B) any horse or other equine that the Secretary has probable cause to believe is being shipped, transported, moved, delivered, received, possessed, purchased, sold, or donated in violation of section 5(8).'.

 (e) Authorization of Appropriations- Section 12 of the Horse Protection Act (15 U.S.C. 1831) is amended by striking `$500,000' and inserting `$5,000,000'.
This bill may have far-reaching effects on our members and their ability to buy and sell horses. Members may sell horses unaware of the buyer's intent with the animal and to where it may be transported, possibly resulting in legal ramifications for the seller. This legislation is vague and ambiguous and its passage could have far-reaching consequences. We urge you to contact the senators of your state and voice your opposition to this legislation and the funding to enact it. To contact your senator, telephone (202) 224-3121 and ask to be transferred to your senators' offices. When speaking with your Senators' office, please tell them you are opposed to Senate Bill 311 as written.
Congress resumes business on Monday, December 3rd. Please do your part and call on Monday!
AQHA PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE


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