The New York State Senate passed legislation to prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption. The measure would make it a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in a prison, for those who purchase, trade, offer, import or export a horse or horse flesh with the intent to slaughter it for human consumption.
The bill has been sent to the Assembly.
More on the bill after the jump.
The Padavan bill would protect all members of the equine family from slaughter for human consumption, including horses and ponies, along with donkeys, mules and burros.
While the offense is subject to up to one year in prison, a civil penalty of up to $1,000 may be imposed on an individual and $5,000 on a corporation for the first violation in lieu of criminal prosecution. Subsequent violations would be punishable by fines of up to $25,000.
“This legislation establishes strong criminal penalties for individuals who brutally slaughter any horse for human consumption,â€ Senator Padavan said. â€œSwift enactment of this legislation would help ensure that all horses are protected from prolonged suffering and coldhearted treatment.