FRANKFORT, KY — Despite the news about the existence of SB139 going viral with people all across Kentucky contacting the State Legislature opposing the measure, this morning the bill passed out of the State Agricultural Committee unanimously with a vote count of 15-0-0.
SB139 endangers what protections horses currently have in Kentucky against cruelty and abuse by lowering their status from a domestic animal to livestock. It also opens the door to horse slaughter in Kentucky should that return to US soil.
This move is strongly supported by the agricultural and horse racing communities in Kentucky who already treat horses with shocking disrespect.
The next step is to send it to the full Kentucky State House for a vote. If SB139 passes there the bill will be sent to the Governor to sign into law.
Kentuckians, please continue to speak out against this bill.
The horses are counting on…
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Kentucky the horse capitol of the U.S.
What better way to get rid of the unwanted horses!!
Sick sick people! Well this is one state I won’t opt to move to. Horse and Equine haters are trying to make up for lost time. We need to.flood the Governors office with comments before it gets to the desk. Tweet, emsil and send hard copy letters.
i dont know if it will help – but I sent an email to the Kentucky Governor! Mentioned that the Derby brings in revenue from out of state visitors etc!!! Cant hurt.
One of the sponsors was state Sen. Robin Webb who was cited for soring her TN Walking horse , and another was K.E.E.P. which appears to be a front for horse slaughter. The speed which this has moved makes me think there may be an ulterior motive. My Rep. said some are concerned about insuring their horses but all the expensive horses are insured and owners of just a few probably can’t afford to insure them. I’m wondering if Farm Bureau has had anything to do with this bad bill ?
Saw one mention of Kentucky Food & Farm Blogspot – apparently they are very excited about this! Are they connected to the Farm Bureau in any way?
From TUESDAY’S HORSE
So happy together -Supporters of Kentucky State bill SB139 reducing horses to livestock status
Posted on Mar 7, 2017 by VGrF
MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER (KENTUCKY) – Here are quotes from the Paulick Report regarding Kentucky state bill SB139 from groups and individuals openly excited about the prospect of Kentucky horses being reduced to livestock status. There is an Action Alert for Kentuckians immediately following.
Agriculture commissioner Ryan Quarles, who represented Scott County as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, applauded the action.
“As chair of the horse farm subcommittee in the Senate, I couldn’t vote any other way on this legislation,” said Sen. Steve West, who lives in Paris and whose district includes some of the most famous Thoroughbred farms in the world. “Basically, it’s equity and fairness for the horse industry.”
Said Thayer [Sen. Damon Thayer, the Republican’s majority floor leader from Georgetown]: “I think horses are livestock, and should be treated as such in the tax code. I’m hopeful some day, when we do tax reform, we can get tax parity for the equine industry. I think this bill is a good step in the right direction.”
All about the horse industry, never about the horses. More on that coming up.
In the meantime, listen to this joker.
Said Sen. Dorsey Ridley of Henderson, whose district includes Ellis Park: “It just puts them all (livestock) in one classification. It’s an effort to make sure that horses are certainly not taken advantage of, but by the same token, it’s to protect our property. I was glad to be a part of it. It is a big thing for the Thoroughbred industry — and for all horses.”
Someone please explain to me why he and these others are so glad to see Kentucky horses reduced to livestock status? What more is going on here to make them all so joyous?
But here’s the worst of the bunch.
They is nothing benevolent about these folks. It sickens us that they use the word “horsemen” in describing themselves. They always seem to be for anything that is bad for the horse and against anything that is good. They have also been pro horse slaughter insofar as we have seen these many years.
“This legislation is a significant step for the horse industry and our membership,” said Martin Maline, executive director of the Kentucky division of the Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, which represents about 6,000 owners and trainers involved in horse racing in the commonwealth. “The livestock designation offers other important protections for everyone who owns and works with horses. We applaud members of committee, and hope Senator Webb’s bill sails through the full Senate and state legislature.”
“. . . protections for everyone who owns and works with horses.” Naturally.
If this is all about tax breaks, then why not simply prepare legislation now to bring this about?
Perhaps they are simply paving the way for this by getting the horses’s classification changed first. We simply don’t believe it.
Has it ever occurred to these geniuses that they could do something to benefit the horses for a change?
Please contact the Kentucky Dept. of Tourism regardless of what state you live in.
Great idea !@
Also if it oasses the House *expected to maybe today) call Gov Bevin and tell him to veto SB 139 PLEASE
Also we can email his office
Governor Matt Bevin
Thanks GG – Did comment on that site.
I’ll never set foot in that state again not for as long as I live.
This is sickening !! Need A march, protest, something!!
Making the statement that the horse racing industry condones this is 100% complete lie. I race horses and we always find good homes to retire horses when finished racing. Most tracks have made rules against dealing with any kill buyers nation wide and it’s continually monitored