Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey. Image by Mel Evans/AP.

Boss’s daughter asks Christie to sign bill to ban horse slaughter in NJ

Jessica Springsteen asks Christie to sign bill to ban horse slaughter of horses for human consumption

by MICHAEL SYMONS

Cross-posted from Asbury Park Press

Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey. Image by Mel Evans/AP.
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A bill banning the slaughter of horses for human consumption in his State sits on the desk of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie awaiting his signature.

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie can’t seem to make his musical hero Bruce Springsteen happy, but he has a chance to impress the singer’s daughter.

Jessica Springsteen, 20, an accomplished equestrian, is among those urging Christie to sign a bill that would prohibit the slaughter of horses and the sale of horse flesh for human consumption, as well as transporting a horse to slaughter for the same purpose.

“I have spent my life with horses and they are our partners and companions,” Springsteen said through the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which released an advocacy letter it sent to Christie last week. “I believe that horses deserve to be treated with respect, and their lives should not end with the horrors of a slaughterhouse.”

Christie hasn’t indicated whether he will sign or veto the bill, which the Legislature passed by large margins in June, 35-4 in the Senate and 75-3 in the Assembly. His office said yesterday it is still being reviewed. The governor has until Sept. 24 to decide. Continue reading >>

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