T. Boone Pickens Takes on Horse Slaughter; Legendary Oilman Calls Horse Slaughter 'Un-American'

Jul 24, 2006, 01:00 ET from T. Boone Pickens

    DALLAS, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by T.
 Boone Pickens:
     Starting this week, Congress will consider legislation making the
 slaughter of horses illegal in the U.S. A life-long animal lover, T. Boone
 Pickens, founder of BP Capital and Mesa Petroleum, and his wife, Madeleine
 Pickens, are launching an attack to make these horse-killing factories
     On Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at 2:00 pm Pickens, a legendary oilman and
 philanthropist, will testify before a U.S. House of Representatives Energy
 & Commerce sub-committee to support the American Horse Slaughter Prevention
 Act (H.R. 503).
     Horse slaughter is America's dirty little secret. Slaughterhouses in
 Texas and Illinois (there are only three in the U.S.) are killing nearly
 100,000 horses per year to produce horsemeat sold as a delicacy in France,
 Belgium and Japan. Even though independent surveys show that an
 overwhelming majority of Americans support a ban on horse slaughter,
 lobbyists and special interests have used their influence to secure key
 votes in Congress and protect these pitiless killing factories that serve
 foreign interests.
     The sale of horsemeat is banned in most U.S. states, but these
 slaughterhouses receive USDA oversight and millions in taxpayer dollars --
 all for horsemeat that is sold in high-dollar markets and restaurants in
 foreign countries and none in the U.S.
     "The brutal slaughter of horses for consumption by wealthy diners in
 Europe and Japan cuts against our moral and cultural fiber -- it's just
 plain un-American," said T. Boone Pickens.
     About T. Boone Pickens
     One of Forbes 400 Richest Americans, T. Boone has been a world leader
 in the oil and gas industry for 50 years. He now runs BP Capital LLC, a
 Dallas- based energy trading partnership. Life-long animal lovers, T. Boone
 and Madeleine Pickens earned national attention by funding the airlift
 rescue of stranded cats and dogs after Hurricane Katrina.
     American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503 / S.1915)
     A bill to end the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the
 United States and the export of live horses for the same purpose has been
 reintroduced in the House of Representatives by Congressional Horse Caucus
 Co- Chair John Sweeney (R-NY), Representative John Spratt (D-SC) and
 Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY). Senator and veterinarian John Ensign
 (R-NV) and Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) have reintroduced an identical
 measure in the Senate.

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