New York lawmakers celebrated National Day of the Horse by signing into law two bills protecting horses.

“Here in New York, we are marking this occasion by signing new laws to address animal cruelty and the mistreatment of horses in our state,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul said about the legislation.

Legislation S.1677A/A.3552A addresses the sale of abused or neglected horses (and other Equidae such as donkeys) by increasing fines.

Legislation S.2163B/A.5109A addresses the horse meat trade by banning the slaughter of horses for consumption. It also prohibits the possession of horses or horseflesh that will be used for consumption. This legislation should stop auctions in New York from selling to “kill buyers.” It will also make the transportation of horses (who will be slaughtered for consumption in countries with an active horse meat trade) through New York illegal, according to news.

Canada, New York’s northern neighbor, is one such country where the horse meat trade is reportedly active. Horses in Canada may be slaughtered for human consumption or they may be exported to other countries with a demand for horse meat (such as France, Japan, and Switzerland).

Horses endure horrific conditions in transportation and in slaughterhouses, and LFT continues to work for horse protection worldwide to end the cruelty. 

Lady Freethinker applauds New York’s leaders for passing this legislation to protect horses from abuse and the brutal horse meat trade. 

You can stand up for horses by signing this petition to urge France to ban the slaughter and consumption of horses.

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