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Issue Position: Protecting Horses

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Horses have played a large role in the history of the San FernandoValley. From the days of early Hollywood, the "Fat Jones" stables inNorth Hollywood provided horses to the movies from 1912 to the mid-1960s. Many of us also remember the historic Devonshire Downs racetrack in Northridge. Today, the equestrian community remains strong and committed to the protection of horses nationwide. Although all horse slaughter plants in the United States have been shut down, horse slaughter continues to thrive by an unscrupulous industry that ships American horses to Mexico and Canada where the slaughter continues. I joined with my colleagues to introduce the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act in 2009, which would close this
loophole by prohibiting the shipment, possession, purchase, sale, or donation of horses to be slaughtered for human consumption. While the legislation had over 150 cosponsors, it unfortunately did not make it to the House floor for a vote. I will continue to push to get similar legislation introduced and brought to the House floor for a vote during this session.


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