TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA - There has been a substantial increase in the unlawful slaughter of horses recently in the State of Florida and particularly in Miami-Dade County. These horses are being slaughtered in connection with the illegal sale of horse meat.
State Representative Luis Garcia (D-Miami) and State Senator Victor Crist (R-Tampa) have joined together and filed HB 765 to combat this growing problem.
House Bill 765
provides a greater deterrent to the illegal slaughter and sale of horse meat by
increasing the penalties and imposing mandatory minimum
increases the criminal penalty to a third degree felony and imposes a mandatory
minimum fine of $3,500 and a minimum period of incarceration of One year for the
killing of a horse in violation of this statute.
HB 765 also
expands the scope of the statute to include any person who knowingly transports,
distributes, sells, purchases or possesses horse meat that is not clearly
stamped, marked and described as horse meat for human consumption or horse meat
which has not been acquired from a legally licensed slaughterhouse.
Additionally, House Bill 765 authorizes local governments to revoke or suspend local business licenses of restaurants, stores or other businesses after being convicted of violating this statute and expands scope to include all horses not just recognized breeds and hybrids.