Thursday, June 13, 2013

House Appropriations Committee for Votes Eliminate Funds for Inspection of US Horse Slaughter Facilities



WHOO HOO!!!   We won this battle, but the fight continues to protect our horses from slaughter.  PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS TODAY and ask them to cosponsor and support SAFE H.R1094/S.541 - the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, which bans horse slaughter in the US and protects America's horses from transport to slaughter.  Your Representatives NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!!  Don't be nervous or worry about what to say - you can simply tell them you want them to cosponsor SAFE and protect horses from slaughter.  You don't have to have a list of reasons or facts, just a passionate heart and the courage to stand up and be a voice for America's horses!!  I started making my calls and writing letters when I was 9, I KNOW you can do it too!!  You will be surprised how easy it is especially since you know you are doing the right thing for our horses!!

Use these links to find your legislators to give them a call or send them an email and be sure to thank them if they are already a cosponsor!  ~Declan



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ASPCA Commends House Appropriations Committee for Voting to Eliminate Funds for Inspection of U.S. Horse Slaughter Facilities
Approved amendment would protect horses from cruel practice in the U.S.
June 13,2013  As posted on the ASPCA

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) commends the members of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee for approving an amendment to its fiscal year 2014 Agriculture Appropriations bill that would prevent the use of taxpayer dollars by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect horse slaughter facilities. The Moran-Young Amendment, introduced by Reps. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and Bill Young (R-Fla.), would effectively shut the door to the grisly horse slaughter industry on U.S. soil.
A similar spending prohibition was put in place in 2005; however, in the 2012 budget, the language preventing horse slaughter inspections was not included, opening the door for a return of horse slaughter in the U.S., despite broad opposition to the practice. Several applications to open horse slaughter facilities have already been filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including one in Roswell, N.M. and another in Sigourney, Iowa.
"Horse slaughter is a cruel practice that only benefits foreign interests," said Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations. "Using taxpayer dollars to fund this abhorrent industry is irresponsible and wasteful. We are grateful to Representatives Moran and Young for their strong leadership in advocating to protect our nation’s revered equines."
Horse slaughter is inherently cruel and often erroneously compared to humane euthanasia. The methods used to slaughter horses rarely result in quick, painless deaths, as horses are difficult to stun and often remain conscious during their butchering and dismemberment. Whether slaughter occurs in the U.S. or abroad, these equines suffer incredible abuse even before they arrive at the slaughterhouse, often transported for more than 24 hours at a time without food, water or rest, and in dangerously overcrowded trailers where the animals are often seriously injured or even killed in transit. The majority of horses killed for human consumption are young, healthy animals who could go on to lead productive lives with loving owners. Last year, more than 160,000 American horses were sent to a cruel death by a grisly foreign industry that produces unsafe food for consumers.
"Horses hold a special place in our nation's history and they deserve better than to be slaughtered for the benefit of foreign consumers," said Rep. Moran. "The Committee's vote today will not only save taxpayers' money, but it will help protect these iconic creatures from suffering a cruel fate."
While the Moran-Young Amendment in the appropriations bill protects American communities from the devastating environmental and economic impact of horse slaughter facilities, it does not prohibit the transport of U.S. horses for slaughter across the border to Canada and Mexico. To address this issue, U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Reps. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), introduced the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (S. 541/H.R. 1094)—bipartisan legislation that would end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat.
In a recent national poll commissioned by the ASPCA, it was revealed that 80 percent of American voters, including the vast majority of horse owners (71 percent), are opposed to the slaughter of U.S. horses for human consumption. To learn more about the ASPCA’s efforts to ban horse slaughter, please visit www.aspca.org.
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About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visitwww.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.


2 comments:

  1. This is so stupid !! would you rather a horse starve to death?? With the drought we are in and have been in for the last 3 years you cant find any hay and when you do you cant afford it. And you cant even give a horse away.

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  2. Jo-Claire CorcoranJune 14, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Slaughter is not a place to dump your unwanted horses because you don't want to spend the money to buy hay for them. Horse slaughter is about food production for countries which eat horse meat. We don't raise horses in this country for food, under food safety guidelines and as such we medicate them differently than food animals. We give our horses medications which are banned from use in ANY animal intended for human consumption.

    If you can't afford to feed your horse, find a rescue to take it, then have the horse euthanised. Chemical sedation or a bullet is kind, painless and quick.

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