SOURCE: Equine Advocates’ facebook
By Equine Advocates
Goodbye and Good Riddance!
Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen Who Voted to Return Horse Slaughter to the U.S. Will Retire!
In July 2017, the House Appropriations Committee voted to allow horse slaughterhouses to operate in the U.S. In a 27-25 vote, Reps Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) flipped their votes in favor of horse slaughter. Their votes led many to speculate who had gotten to them because neither rep had a record of supporting horse slaughter in the past.
Luckily, the Senate Appropriations Committee disagreed with the House and voted in November to uphold the ban and prevent horse slaughter from returning. Now the matter must come before a Congressional Conference Committee where a final decision will be made.
Frelinghuysen’s own constituents were baffled by his vote. In fact, his hometown paper, The Morristown Patch wrote this at the time, “Frelinghuysen’s home district has a love of horses: The horse is the official New Jersey state animal, and Morris County, which makes up a large portion of his constituency, is known for its horse stables and farms. A representative for Frelinghuysen did not return Patch’s request for comment.”
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