HITCHCOCK The founder of a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates horses seized by law enforcement testified at a recent Senate hearing, speaking in opposition to reinstating horse slaughter in the state.

Jerry Finch, 54, of La Marque, founded Habitat for Horses in 1998 in Hitchcock after rehabilitating two skinny horses in his backyard. The organization has since saved 5,178 horses from abuse or neglect and adopted 4,660 of them.

Finch went to Austin on Tuesday and joined former Kaufman Mayor Paula Bacon and Keith Dane, director of Equine Protection at The Humane Society of the United States, to testify at the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs in support of keeping the state s 1949 ban on horse slaughter for human consumption.

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