Ag commissioner candidate faults rival on bill to allow horse sale for slaughter
Keith Dane, Vice President of Equine Protection for the Humane Society of the United States forwarded us this article on the Agricultural Commissioner race. We have posted articles in the past about Mr. Sid Miller’s “training” practice of tethering his horses to the back of his trailer and driving around. Anyone who thinks this is alright method of horse exercise is not in their right mind. And to pitch bringing back horse slaughter to the United States as a humane idea – how can this person be running for public office? ~ HfH
From: Dallas News
By: Brittney Martin
AUSTIN — Agriculture commissioner candidate Tommy Merritt is drawing attention to rival Sid Miller’s past support for horse slaughter, noting in a mailer to Republican primary voters that Miller introduced measures in the House to legalize the sale of horses for eventual human consumption.
Miller, a former Republican representative from Stephenville, offered bills in 2003 and 2007 that would have allowed the sale of horse meat for consumption in foreign countries. Miller’s goal was to keep open the two horse slaughter plants in Texas to provide a “more humane” option than plants in Mexico.
“In Mexico, it’s not humanely done. It’s done under horrid conditions,” said Miller’s campaign strategist, Todd M. Smith. The bill “was to provide a means for people to have a humane and tightly controlled and regulated means of euthanizing horses under the supervision of a veterinarian and the watchful eye of the state of Texas.”
Merritt, a former House member from Longview, and Miller were the top two finishers in last month’s GOP primary and advanced to a May 27 runoff. The winner will face the Democratic victor, either singer-author Kinky Friedman or Jim Hogan of Cleburne.
Merritt said he worries Miller would push for the measure again if he were agriculture commissioner.
“I voted against the bill [in 2003] and on the side of the horses and the people who love animals,” Merritt said. “It’s very clear to me that he has total disrespect for the animals.”