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Breaking News: 2014 Is, Indeed, the Year of the Horse!

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 9:30pm
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The U.S. Congress just released the brand new funding bill for FY2014 – a massive bill involving more than a trillion tax dollars – and we are thrilled to announce that horse slaughter will not be coming back to United States soil.

The ASPCA worked day and night to ensure that tax dollars would not be spent on inspections that enable the slaughter of horses for human consumption. We worked closely with other animal welfare organizations, consumer safety groups, as well as thousands of citizens representing the 80% of Americans that oppose horse slaughter, and Congress has listened. The message from Capitol Hill is loud and clear on this issue: Our horses deserve better and this dangerous industry must not be tolerated. Horse slaughter has no business here

Advocates fought hard when the Agriculture Appropriations bill was being considered at committee level, winning votes in both the House and Senate that amended the bills to prohibit funding for horse slaughter inspections.  And tonight, we finally know that this horse slaughter funding limitation is intact! Congress is not expected to make any changes to the bill text at this stage of the game, so the writing is on the wall for any efforts to open horse slaughter plants in the U.S.  Both chambers are expected to pass the bill, and the president is expected to sign it into law, later this week.

Now is the time for Congress to take the final step in protecting America’s horses from this nightmarish industry, by passing the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 1094 / S. 541) to prevent both the slaughter of American horses for human consumption in this country, and their export for that purpose abroad.

Be a voice for horses and urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the SAFE Act today!

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Suzanne Moore

Good question. I don't know - yet. I think the King amendment is in the Farm Bill though.

B.R

I would like to bring up, briefly, the issue that this article does not address. Banning horse slaughter in the U.S removes it in areas, but also leads to other inhumane practices. Horses are shipped to Canada and Mexico, where slaughter is legal. In those areas there are less guidelines for their slaughter.While slaughter is never nice, while in the U.S the standards could be watched. There needs to be an alternative use or place for unwanted horses.

Sharon Stone

B.R - my thoughts also. Should have read your post before typing mine. HOpe there is an answer for that this year also

Suzanne Moore

Horses were shipped to Mexico and Canada by the thousands when our old domestic plants were open. Having domestic plants again would not stop it.

Sharon Stone

But this does not stop the transport of horses to their deaths in Canada and even worse Mexico does it? What can be done about that. The inhumane handling in the other countries where our horses are transported is out of our hands?

Elaine Brown

Work to pass the SAFE ACT. We have 163 co-sponsors in the House and about 25% of the Senate. It is an election year so our work is cut out for us but they know we are out here. We have been heard but not enough.

Suzanne Moore

The plants in Mexico and Canada are NO worse than our former domestic horse slaughter plants. I know - I was THERE.

Anonymous

Well you fools succeeded. I am sure you're aware most of the problems caused in the horse world are caused by the lack of viable slaughter houses here in the US. Putting all those problems aside for a moment, think about the horses being shipped out of the US to Mexico and Canada. Hey, they don't have to put up with the humane standards that we have here in the US. Good job, morons. Way to look out for the welfare of the horses.

Suzanne Moore

I have answered this idiotic argument several time already right here, and so have others. READ IT!

Dena Baird

All of you smart people, we will be sending you the cripples, the sick and old, and all the other unwanted horses to rescue. You take them, provide all that they need and keep them til they get down and can't get up, so the beat their heads on the ground from pain and suffering.

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