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State of California November 3, 1998 General
Proposition 6
Criminal Law. Prohibition on Slaughter of Horses and Sale of Horsemeat for Human Consumption.

Initiative Statute. Put on the Ballot by Petition Signatures.

4,670,524 / 59.4% Yes votes ...... 3,194,570 / 40.6% No votes

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Infomation shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
  • Prohibits any person from possessing, transferring, receiving or holding any horse, pony, burro or mule with intent to kill it or have it killed, where the person knows or should know that any part of the animal will be used for human consumption. Provides that a violation constitutes a felony offense.
  • Also adds a provision making the sale of horsemeat for human consumption a misdemeanor offense, with subsequent violations punished as felonies.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
  • The measure could result in some increased law enforcement and incarceration costs at both the state and local level. These costs probably would be minor, if any.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
Both the slaughter of horses for human consumption and the sale of horsemeat for human consumption would be illegal in California. In addition, horses could not be sent out of California for slaughter in other states or countries for human consumption.

A NO vote of this measure means:
Both the slaughter of horses for human consumption and the sale of horsemeat for human consumption would remain legal in California. In addition, it would remain legal to send horses out of California for slaughter for human consumption.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 6:
Proposition 6 protects California's horses from being purchased without the knowledge of the owner and shipped out of state to be cruelly slaughtered for gourmet human consumption overseas. Horses are pleasure animals, not raised for food. Horses are an integral part of California's heritage and deserve our protection.

Full Text of Argument In Favor, Rebuttal

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 6:
If horsemeat is outlawed, only outlaws will eat horsemeat! People have the right to eat horsemeat if they choose. Horses would still be killed for dog food. Violators would be felons, taking up scarce prison space. Just say neigh to nutty, unconstitutional proposals by wealthy socialites with nothing better to do.

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 6:
Save the Horses
3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd. #166
Studio City, CA 91604
(415) 273-6070
FAX: (818) 768-7744

Contact AGAINST Proposition 6:
Just Say NEIGH!
c/o Ted Brown/
Libertarian Party
P.O. Box 5362
Pasadena, CA 91117
(626) 578-8454

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