Assemblymember Gloria Introduces Bill to Protect California’s Wild and Domestic Horses from Slaughter
Effort to Protect California Horses Lauded by Nation’s Wild Horse Protection Organization
SACRAMENTO, CA – California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) announced today that he has introduced state legislation to protect California’s wild and domestic horses from slaughter. AB 128 aims to strengthen and improve enforcement of section 598 of the Penal Code, which makes it a felony to sell, import, export, or possess a horse for the purpose of slaughter for human consumption.
“Californians have made very clear that they oppose the slaughter of wild horses, but the Trump Administration still does not seem to get it. That is why I put forward AB 128 to implement stronger protections for California’s wild and domestic horse population,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “Horses in California should be treated humanely and wild horses should be able to live freely on our public lands.”
AB 128 was prompted by the ongoing controversy surrounding the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to round up and sell federally-protected wild horses from the Modoc National Forest. Some horses were sold for $1 a piece without limitation on slaughter. In October, Assemblymember Gloria and 22 of his colleagues joined U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein to oppose the federal government’s inhumane acts.
“On behalf of our nearly 800,000 supporters nationwide and all Californians, the American Wild Horse Campaign thanks Assemblymember Gloria for his leadership and compassion in protecting our state’s horses from the horrific practice of horse slaughter,” said Suzanne Roy, American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) Executive Director. “We look forward to working with Assemblymember Gloria to strengthen California law to protect horses as partners, companions and icons of the American West who must be treated humanely, not brutally butchered to supply foreign horsemeat markets.”
AB 128 will likely be heard in its first Assembly committee in April 2019.