Victory: Hawaii Legislature does not Pass Slaughterhouse Bill

Jun 2, 2011

WSPA is pleased to announce that Hawaii lawmakers did not enact a bill that would have used state funds to purchase a slaughterhouse in Oahu.

For the past several months, WSPA and its partners HSUS and Animal Rights Hawaii have worked to stop SB249 – a bill that allotted more than $1.5 million in state funds to purchase a privately-owned slaughterhouse. Following strong protest from WSPA, its partners, the local media and community, lawmakers did not enact the approved bill during the legislative session, which ended May 5, 2011.

This means that, for now, Hawaiian taxpayers’ money cannot be used to purchase the slaughterhouse – nor support its use of the long-distance transport of live animals. 

It’s No Paradise for Pigs Traveling to Oahu

Approximately 90-95% of the pigs killed at the Oahu slaughterhouse are imported from mainland U.S. These animals are transported more than 4,000 miles in cramped, overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. They suffer from stress-related illnesses, horrific injuries, diseases and overexposure – and many die before they reach their destination.

WSPA has long campaigned against the long-distance transport of live animals and, when the Hawaii Senate introduced SB249 in January 2011, it strongly protested the proposal and urged for the closing of the Oahu slaughterhouse.

“Taxpayers’ money should not go toward a financially-unstable business that negatively impacts the welfare of thousands of animals,” says Sharanya Prasad, WSPA U.S. Programs Manager. “With safe and humane alternatives like the chilled and frozen meat trade, there is no reason to continue the trade in live animals.”

The Humane Alternative to Long-distance Transport

WSPA urges Hawaii businesses to use meat from locally-raised animals, or purchase chilled or frozen carcasses from mainland U.S. This would, in effect, end the long-distance transport and suffering of thousands of live pigs from mainland U.S. to Hawaii. 

While lawmakers did not enact the approved SB249 this year, there is a possibility it could be reintroduced in 2012. In the meantime, WSPA will continue to advocate for an end to the U.S.-to-Hawaii transport route, as part of its mission to improve farm animal welfare, worldwide.

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