Willie Nelson's Horse Slaughter Press Release
"The last place in the world I thought would ever support horse slaughter is my home state," said country music legend Willie Nelson of Luck, Texas. "No other animal symbolizes the spirit of Texas better than the horse. This is why opposition to horse slaughter is so strong in Texas. We are aware of the overwhelming cruelty horses face on the trip to the slaughterhouse, and we do not mistake slaughter for euthanasia."
Early this year, a federal appellate court ruled that a 1949 Texas statute prohibits slaughtering horses for human consumption. However, just last week, the state Senate passed an amendment to legalize horse slaughter. Ironically, the sponsor of the amendment didn't even tell his colleagues what the amendment was, he called it something entirely different.
Nelson noted that "since the Bills introduced by the horse slaughter plants to legalize horse slaughter in Texas had gone nowhere, the pro-horse slaughter lobby realized that they could not legalize horse slaughter through normal legislative channels, so they reverted to this backup strategy of amending other legislation."
The slaughterhouses and their few supporters claim that by closing these Texas based foreign-owned plants horses will face a far more cruel trip to Mexico. But we know they are the ones who are subjecting the horses to this fate.
Opposition to horse slaughter is very strong. A 2003 Texas poll showed that 72 percent of Texans oppose horse slaughter for human consumption, and 77 percent opposed changing the state law. A nationwide poll found similar numbers in support for ending horse slaughter.
"Now is the time for Texans and all American's to call the Texas legislature and express their support for keeping horse slaughter illegal in Texas," urged Nelson. "I call on our legislators to listen to the will of Texans. Legislators should oppose any amendment or bill that would attempt to legalize the killing of horses for human consumption."
To learn more about the issue and how you can join Willie and the overwhelming majority of American's in their effort to protect America's horses from slaughter please visit www.saplonline.org/horses.htm.