WHEREAS, any official position of the City of Los Angeles with respect to legislation, rules, regulations, or policies proposed to or pending before a local, state or federal government body or agency must have first been adopted in the form of a Resolution by the City Council with the concurrence of the Mayor; and
WHEREAS, on January 17, 2005, H.R. 503 (Schakowsky D-Illinois) and S. 311 (Landrieu D, Louisiana) were introduced to amend the federal Horse Protection Act (HP A) to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, and selling of horses and other equines to be slaughtered, for human consumption or for other purposes; and
WHEREAS, H.R. 503 and S. 311 would authorize the United States Secretary of Agriculture to examine or test horses which are sore (i.e., burns, cuts, lacerations) or appear to be sore at exhibitions, sales or auctions; and
WHEREAS, the above bills would also raise the appropriation for enforcement of HPA from $500,000 to $5,000,000 annually; and
WHEREAS, horses and other equines play a vital role in the collective experience of the United States and deserve protection and compassion; and
WHEREAS, horses and other equines are domestic animals that are used primarily for recreation, pleasure and sport and their preservation should be made a priority;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, with the concurrence of the Mayor, that by the adoption of this Resolution, the City of Los Angeles hereby includes in its 2007-2008 Federal Legislative Program SUPPORT for H.R. 503 and S. 311 which would amend the Horse Protection Act to: (I) prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing and selling of horses and other equines to be slaughtered, for human consumption or for other purposes; and (2) increase the appropriation for enforcement of the Horse Protection Act from $500,000 to $5,000,000.
PRESENTED BY Wendy Greuel, Councilmember, 2nd District on April 10, 2007.