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Kentucky legislature setting the stage for the slaughter of horses with SB 139

Some very timely and horrendous information from our good friends over to Tuesday’s Horse! – R.T.

Tuesday's Horse

FRANKFORT, KY — Kentucky is marketed as the Horse Capital of the World, the State with “unbridled spirit”, as seen in its logo.

Tragically, this unbridled spirit does not extend to the safety, well-being and benevolent treatment of the horses it so proudly hails as an integral part of its history, economy and culture.

Kentucky is renowned for its lack of animal protection laws and that extends to its horses. According to some, Kentucky ranks in the bottom five in animal welfare but most recently there have been claims it is at the very bottom.

Here are two examples involving racehorses. There are many more.

1. There is nothing on the books that governs how many times a racehorse can be whipped or for how long before it becomes cruelty or abuse, a Churchill Downs veterinarian smirked several years ago.

2. When PeTA exposed horrific acts of cruelty exposed in…

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  1. FIGHT IN EVERY STATE AGAINST ANYTHING DTATING IT WILL REMOVE PET STATUS FROM HORSES. Both classifications co exist. Without both Status combined for horses you cannot treat, train, supplement, handle or use horses in Any capacity except mandated by the FDA as a Food Source Animal Only. Proslaughter thought by removing pet status private people wont argue against horse slaughter using animal rights. Wrong! This removes the Entire Usability classification of horses State by State. The Federal states they are Livestock and Pets with individual class for Wild with no status for Feral as feral are protected as Pets and Livestock. Moreover they are making them livestock not realizing its solely for food animals only and bans all uses for exhibition, racing, medicating, training, breeding and handling except as food animals. The pet status is not a way to prevent slaughter as some people presumed because without livestock classification horses are deemed pets only and therefore unable to ridden handled or managed in any professional capacity. Without both classifications they are subject to ordinances and laws that govern dogs and cats which constrew a herd as a hoard. So we nee to get the Facts straight. To avoid just slaughter or dog type regulations they must remain Lets and Livestock simultaneously. Previously a news report from Kentucky led people to believe they were doing this for tax purposes however they have clarified its not. The goal is to attempt to take private ownership away while slaughter is the sole purpose.


  2. Also read the comments

    Horse slaughter bill may have a chance/ May 15, 2015

    As memories from American Pharoah’s thrilling ride still resonate, it’s instructive to remember an earlier Run for the Roses nearly three decades ago. The 1986 Kentucky Derby was a sentimental, even magical affair, as the legendary 54-year-old jockey Willie Shoemaker finally captured the only major racing prize that had eluded him.

    The Shoe steered Ferdinand, a 17-1 long shot 3-year-old, from last place through a heavy traffic jam in the stretch, to a 21/4 length victory at the wire. Ferdinand emerged as a national figure, later sealing his legend with an historic photo finish Breeders’ Classic upset over the mighty Alysheba, clinching Horse of the Year honors in 1987.

    It’s also instructive to consider the retirement arc of that champion thoroughbred. After only modest success at breeding talented offspring, he was sold to Japanese interests in 1994. In 2002, at the relatively young age of 19, he was “disposed of” in a Japanese slaughterhouse. While Ferdinand might have wound up as a gourmet steak at an upscale Toyko restaurant, the most likely fate of this elite athlete was in the form of processed pet food.
    Jonathan Miller
    Jonathan Miller, the former Kentucky Treasurer, practices law at Frost Brown Todd in Lexington


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