Gloria Successfully Advances Bill to Protect California’s Wild and Domestic Horses from Slaughter

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

California’s Wild and Domestic Horses One Step Closer to Having More Protections Thanks to Assemblymember Gloria

SACRAMENTO, CA – Legislation authored by California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) to protect California’s wild and domestic horses from slaughter is successfully moving forward. Assembly Bill 128 (AB 128) received the approval of the Assembly’s Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee by a vote of 10 to 1, and now advances to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Californians have made it clear that they oppose the slaughter of horses yet horses are still being targeted for slaughter for human consumption. It is wrong and not how these animals should be treated,” said Assemblymember Gloria. “I am pleased this bill is moving forward and we are one step closer to strengthening our laws aimed at protecting California’s wild and domestic horses from slaughter.”

AB 128 protects wild and domestic horses from slaughter by:

  1. Making it illegal to have, import, export, sell, buy, give away, or accept any horse in California for any commercial purpose. Violations of this being punishable by a misdemeanor.
  2. Requires the minimum bid for all horses sold at California public or private auctions to be set above the current slaughter price. A violation of this is subject to a fine.
  3. Requires any person purchasing a horse at a public or private auction to sign a sworn statement acknowledging and agreeing to comply with state law prohibiting the sale or resale of horses for slaughter for any commercial purpose.

Last year, approximately 80,000 American horses (domestic and wild) were trucked to Canada and Mexico for slaughter for human consumption. In addition, last fall, the federal government round up and sold federally-protected wild horses from the Modoc National Forest. Some 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.

AB 128 is expected to be considered by the Assembly Appropriations Committee in the coming weeks.