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SB 139 passes the Kentucky State House Ag Committee 15-0-0

FRANKFORT, KY — Despite the news about the existence of SB139 going viral with people all across Kentucky contacting the State Legislature opposing the measure, this morning the bill passed out of the State Agricultural Committee unanimously with a vote count of 15-0-0.

SB139 endangers what protections horses currently have in Kentucky against cruelty and abuse by lowering their status from a domestic animal to livestock. It also opens the door to horse slaughter in Kentucky should that return to US soil.

This move is strongly supported by the agricultural and horse racing communities in Kentucky who already treat horses with shocking disrespect.

The next step is to send it to the full Kentucky State House for a vote. If SB139 passes there the bill will be sent to the Governor to sign into law.

Kentuckians, please continue to speak out against this bill.

The horses are counting on us to defend them to the final minute. And the fight won’t even be over then.

Feel like sipping some Kentucky bourbon? Feel like watching or betting on the Kentucky Derby? Or buying anything from Kentucky with this going on?

Ask the people of Tennessee what horse soring has done for their economy. Just saying.


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46 thoughts on “SB 139 passes the Kentucky State House Ag Committee 15-0-0”

  1. This is a move to bring back horse slaughter to the US. These lawmakers are archaic, good ole boys pandering to special interest. Keep in mind the biggest push behind horse slaughter is the beef industry. and Trumps cabinet is full of the whose who in horse slaughter, they are maneuvering to bring it back here. They apparently don’t mind supporting the most horrific animal cruelty and thieves and criminals. Our tax money will pay the inspectors. Horses are companion animals period, they helped build this country and all these greedy , crooked law makers care about is money. Its time for them to go away , they no longer listen to the people.


  2. Wow kentucky i thought you was better than this. I am really surprised a state that make so much $$$$$$$$ off the horse industry to do tjis is outragious


  3. This needs to stop,besides being cruel totally unessary.There is no need for animals to suffer for mans greed.


  4. Where is this ‘ Horse Capital of the World ‘?!!How can you treat these animals like that?!! Surely our Governer is smarter than to let this happen here in Kentucky!


  5. There are no words to describe my feelings for those in Kentucky who support SB139. However, there is an easy way to speak for the horses and that is simply to boycott everything to do with Kentucky. Don’t spend one dime in a state that views horses with total disregard. Money is a powerful motivator and I suggest that it be used to “force” those in power to listen to those of us who truly care about horses. BOYCOTT!


  6. I am against horse racing all together with the disregard for horses it already has. How many horses does the racing industry send to slaughter ? And yes, it mskes me think twice when thinking of purchasing something from Kentucky .


    1. The USDA does not keep records on breed types that are slaughtered. Based on the numbers from what few records slaughterhouses kept when horses were slaughtered in the US probably 20% to 25% were Thoroughbreds. Quarter horses are race too. Historically QH’s have been slaughtered more than any other type of horse, as high as 70% some have reported.


  7. What is wrong with people?? Are they so sick and cruel and filled with the devil?? Its about time people use the brain God gave them and not the evil thoughts and doings of the devil. Stop this blady cruelty!!!


  8. Horse slaughter is alive and thriving in the state of New Mexico. Infuriating and disgusting! They prey on the poor by getting them to sell their animals for money if they can’t afford to feed them anymore. The horse rescues are frantically trying to help. So sad.


    1. Horse slaughter is alive and thriving in Kentucky as well. The kill buyers are making loads of money from cast off racehorses. Much the same in N. Mexico I imagine.

      The drugs these racehorses are full of. The meat must be horribly toxic and therefor dangerous. Trouble is you don’t see the results right away. But toxins like these build up in the system and causes all sort of problems.


    2. Horse slaughter is alive and well in Kentucky too. There are killer buyers making themselves very rich who run feedlots in Kentucky sendong truckloads of horses to slaughter all year round.


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