PLEASE DO NOT SIGN / VETO SB 139 YOU ARE OPPOSED TO SB 139 BECOMING LAW
SB139 is a bill pending to reclassify horses as livestock instead of as domestic animals.
SB139 is a bad bill for horses and a bad bill for Kentucky.
Arguments Against SB139
Kentucky is at the very bottom of the 50 states when it comes to protecting animals against cruelty and abuse. The Thoroughbred industry is often cited as the reason. The perception is that they want to be able to do virtually anything they like to horses without interference.
Reclassifying horses as livestock will reduce what pitiful protections they have as domestic animals which are already embarrassingly few.
Having horses reclassified as livestock is a stepping stone to allowing for their slaughter in the US. It is illegal to kill domestic animals for their meat.
With the current political climate in Washington DC, US horses may lose their current protection from being slaughtered on US soil.
The sponsor of SB 139 is Robin Webb who has anti horse and pro slaughter connections and has been cited herself more than once for abusing Tennessee Walking Horses.
The knowledge of this bill is sparking rage across the country and it is putting Kentucky (who brags it is the horse capital of the world) in a very bad light with calls to boycott the State's activities and products.