Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 092667
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File Number: 092667 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1265-09 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: CONDEMNING HORSE SLAUGHTER Introduced: 9/30/2009
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 11/3/2009
Agenda Date: 11/3/2009 Agenda Item Number: 11A10
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION CONDEMNING THE SLAUGHTER OF HORSES IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AND DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR THE MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO INCREASE EFFORTS TO IDENTIFY AND APPREHEND THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SLAUGHTER OF HORSES AND THOSE INVOLVED IN THE TRADE OF ILLEGAL HORSE MEAT AND TO URGE THE STATE ATTORNEY’S OFFICE TO PROSECUTE THEM TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW
Indexes: HORSES
Sponsors: Sen. Javier D. Souto, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 11/3/2009 11A10 Adopted P

Health, Public Safety & Intergovernmental Cmte 10/15/2009 2F Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Gerald Sanchez read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairwoman Heyman asked that all of the Committee members present be listed as co-sponsors on this proposed resolution. Hearing no objection, the Committee proceeded to vote on this proposed resolution as presented.

County Attorney 9/30/2009 Referred Health, Public Safety & Intergovernmental Cmte 10/15/2009

County Attorney 9/30/2009 Assigned Abbie N. Schwaderer 10/1/2009

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION CONDEMNING THE SLAUGHTER OF HORSES IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AND DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR THE MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO INCREASE EFFORTS TO IDENTIFY AND APPREHEND THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SLAUGHTER OF HORSES AND THOSE INVOLVED IN THE TRADE OF ILLEGAL HORSE MEAT AND TO URGE THE STATE ATTORNEY’S OFFICE TO PROSECUTE THEM TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW

BODY
WHEREAS, many residents and visitors in Miami-Dade County enjoy riding, watching, and caring for horses and appreciate the horses’ magnificent beauty; and
WHEREAS, some residents of Miami-Dade County rely on their horses for their income, through such things as horseback riding tourism or racing; and
WHEREAS, the slaughter of horses may hurt those individuals who depend on their horses for continued income or who enjoy and love horses; and
WHEREAS, the slaughter of horses may create an atmosphere of fear and distrust within the community of horse owners in Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, increased enforcement against those individuals responsible for the slaughter of horses may reduce the number of incidents; and
WHEREAS, increased enforcement against those individuals or entities responsible for the purchase, sale, or trafficking of illegal horse meat may reduce the demand for horse meat and may therefore also reduce the incidents of horse slaughters;


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the slaughter of horses in Miami-Dade County is hereby condemned, and the Miami-Dade County Mayor or the Mayor’s designee is directed to (1) increase efforts to identify and apprehend all those individuals who are responsible for the slaughter of horses, and all individuals or entities who are responsible for the purchase, sale, or trafficking of illegal horse meat; and (2) urge the State Attorney’s Office to prosecute to the full extent of the law those responsible for the slaughter of horses or the purchase, sale or trafficking of illegal horse meat.



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