Update Jan. 7, 2011: Remember this law passed last legislative session that allows Colorado taxpayers to check off on their tax returns that a portion of their tax dollars should go to the Unwanted Horse Alliance? Front Range Horse Rescue which is based in Colorado and the Equine Welfare Alliance warn:
"Your 2010 Colorado income tax form provides a check-off category for the ‘unwanted horse fund’. The organization receiving the donated funds is not a horse rescue, takes no stand against horse slaughter, and many of their Board members are pro slaughter (they support bringing horse slaughter plants back to the U.S.). We strongly encourage you to give your hard-earned tax donations directly to legitimate equine rescues instead.
The tough economy has already hurt many rescues; giving your tax dollars to the ‘unwanted horse fund’ means less for the rescues. If you are not in Colorado, we appreciate your relaying this information to your friends or relatives who live in Colorado."
For more on the law that created this tax check off for a private non-profit that supports horse slaughter, read Animal Law Coalition’s earlier reports below.
Update May 28, 2010: The Colorado state senate concurred in House amendments to S.B. 139, and Gov. Bill Ritter has signed it into law.
Update May 10, 2010: On Friday, May 7, 2010, the Colorado House of Representatives approved S.B. 139 by a vote of 42-23. The bill now goes back to the Senate for approval of amendments.
The bill would allow taxpayers to check on their tax return that a portion of their tax dollars should go to the Colorado Unwanted Horse Alliance. House amendments would prohibit the check off from going into effect until the executive director of the Dept. of Revenue certifies there are no more than 14 other lines on the state tax return. Another amendment would repeal the proposal entirely in the 4 tax year after it goes into effect.
It’s puzzling why Colorado state legislators would collect tax money to give to a private pro-slaughter organization.
An innocuous sounding name, the Colorado Unwanted Horse Alliance, but its members are generally pro-slaughter, and the group hopes to influence legislation that would stop cruel horse slaughter.
You know the government is out of control when powerful private pro-slaughter special interests can demand state legislators pass a bill requiring a provision in the state tax return that would allow citizens to indicate they want taxpayer funds to be given to them.
That is what has happened in Colorado. S.B. 139 requires the state tax return to contain a provision that would allow citizens to indicate they want taxpayer money to go to the Colorado Unwanted Horse Alliance to "assist in its efforts" to "find solutions" for "unwanted horses". The solution being the re-opening of U.S. slaughter houses. A fund would be set up in the state treasury called the "Unwanted Horse Fund" where this money to be distributed to this private corporation would be collected.
The answer to any animals in need of care is not to line the pockets of a lucrative industry that would torture them and sell their meat as a delicacy for considerable profit. However the Unwanted Horse Alliance may disguise itself, as a charitable, a public service, whatever, know that it is a front for pro-slaughter interests.