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Dr. Bonnie V. Beaver, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVB
Past President of the American Veterinary Medical Association & Perjurer

Manes and Tails Organization Newsletter Fall 2006

Horse Politics

On September 7, 2006 at 3:01 pm, HR 503 - The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act - passed in the House of Representatives with 263 Ayes to 146 Noes.  The Senate has yet to vote on S. 1915, their version of the bill.  The pro-slaughter lobbyists are currently working hard to thwart this bill.  Here is what Senators are being told by the pro-slaughter lobbyists:

On July 25th and July 27th, 2006 Dr. Bonnie V. Beaver testified before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection and the Committee on Agriculture.  Dr. Beaver stated in her testimony (pdf) before both committees that the captive bolt kills the horses. That statement is false and Dr. Beaver was aware of that when she gave her testimony. It is Dr. Beaver's responsibility and obligation to testify to that which is true. The captive bolt does not kill horses, it stuns them.  Horses regain consciousness approximately 30 (thirty) seconds after being stunned.  When they are hoisted and shackled, they are sensible to pain and are fully aware that they are being vivisected. See the Analysis of the Humane Slaughter Act of 1958 for sources verifying this information.  Dr. Beaver committed perjury when she testified before both committees.  It is unknown - but probable - that someone suborned her perjury.

The pro-slaughter lobbyists, led by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), are also attempting to use the 'private property rights' argument by saying that if slaughter is banned it would be invoking the 'Takings' Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution.  

The Takings Clause cannot be invoked as a means to prevent the banning of horse slaughter. Privately owned horses are routinely stolen and slaughtered in each of the three foreign owned slaughterhouses in the United States. These owners have their property rights violated by the existance of this industry. They suffer material and psychological harm and they can never be fully compensated for their losses. 

To state that banning horse slaughter violates private property rights when the industry itself routinely violates private property rights is fallacious. Senator Cornyn's argument fails prima facie and as an attorney, he should know better than to 'trot out' such a fallacious argument. The Gentleman from Texas should consider himself soundly refuted.

Slaughter Stats

A total of  69,304 horses have been illegally domestically slaughtered from January 1, 2006 to September 9, 2006.  These figures from the USDA are two weeks behind and do not include figures for exports to  Mexico, Canada or Japan.  


Call or fax your two Senators if they have not already co-sponsored.

Thank you.


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