Thursday, July 16, 2009

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Signs Horse Tripping Bill

Gov. Brewer acts on last of 80 bills


• Animal fighting. Senate Bill 1115 expands the prohibition on dog fighting to include all animals, with the exception of those trained to protect livestock from predators. The bill also makes horse tripping - in which the legs of a galloping horse are roped to cause it to fall - a Class 1 misdemeanor (the most serious). The law excludes horse racing, training, branding or traditional rodeo sports.

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Bad Bills That Did Not Pass (Good News For Us!)

· Horse Slaughter: SCM1001 would have urged the state to oppose federal legislation banning horse slaughter and the export of horses to other countries for slaughter. A Senate Concurrent Memorial (SCM) is a “postcard” to Congress, asking Congress to act on an issue that the Arizona Legislature does not have jurisdiction to act upon itself. Memorials are merely requests; however SCM 1001 would have sent the wrong message about horse slaughter.

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