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Criminal Law. Prohibition on Slaughter
of Horses and Sale of Horsemeat for
Human Consumption. Initiative Statute.
Argument in Favor of Proposition 6
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PROP 6 "SAVE THE HORSES" PUTS CALIFORNIA HORSES BACK IN THE STABLE . . . AND OFF THE TABLE!

Horse Slaughter is virtually a secret industry to Californians. Nationally, TWO AND A HALF MILLION horses have been slaughtered for HUMAN CONSUMPTION and exported to foreign countries as a "gourmet" meat since 1986.

Horses slaughtered for human consumption are not humanely euthanized. Because they are slaughtered for human consumption, they are killed by splitting open their skulls with a four-inch spike then hung, bled and dismembered while still alive.

Slaughter is not exclusive to the old, sick, and crippled. Slaughter includes the young and healthy, our children's pets, frightened mares with helpless foals standing at their sides and our treasured wild mustangs.

Horses have evolved to be pleasure, recreational and sporting animals. Horses are not food animals. Existing laws protect our dogs and cats from slaughter and export. Our horses deserve this protection as well. When necessary, horses should be put to sleep humanely and rendered, not brutalized for export.

California was developed in partnership with the horse. They tilled our fields, pulled our wagons, delivered our mail. Horses have helped us immeasurably. Now we must help them by voting to prohibit their cruel and unnecessary slaughter.

People's horses are stolen, obtained under false pretenses and purchased for slaughter, without the owner's knowledge, to quickly be shipped out of state to a "no-questions asked" outlet.

Horse slaughter is contrary to basic American values. Californians do not support horse slaughter. Prop 6 would make it a crime to export and kill California's pleasure horses for foreign "gourmet" markets. It would also prohibit any California restaurant or supermarket from selling horsemeat to unwary California consumers.

WHY WE NEED THIS MEASURE:

PROP 6 IS A CITIZENS, GRASSROOTS
EFFORT SPONSORED BY CATHLEEN DOYLE,
SHERRY DEBOER AND SIDNE J. LONG
AND HAS OBTAINED BROAD BASED
BI-PARTISAN SUPPORT

SUPPORTED BY:

(This initiative is dedicated to California's horses.)

GINI RICHARDSON
Legislative Chair, California State Horsemen's Association

MICHAEL D. BRADBURY
Ventura County District Attorney

WILLIAM J. HEMBY
Legislative Chair, California Organization of Police and Sheriffs (COPS)

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