We are happy to report that the month of May ended on a positive note for animal advocates! On the 31st, a major victory was scored for horses in a critical committee vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.
With surveys showing that a large majority of the American public opposes horse slaughter, the government decided to stop funding horse-meat inspections several years ago. As a result, there are no longer any slaughterhouses in the United States that process horses into meat for human consumption. However, the U.S. House is currently working on the federal budget for Fiscal Year 2012, and to our surprise, the Agriculture Appropriations bill did not include a horse slaughter defunding measure.
If the Agriculture Appropriations bill were to pass without this defunding language, our tax dollars could once again be used to enable the killing of horses for their meat.
Thank You ASPCA Advocacy Brigade!
Thankfully, Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia offered an amendment to the bill to defund horse slaughter inspections, and the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade sprang into action, calling their representatives on the House Appropriations Committee in support of the amendment. The Moran Amendment passed last Wednesday afternoon by a bipartisan vote of 24-21. We now have to make sure that the amendment remains in the final version of the bill that gets passed by the full House of Representatives.
If you want to help the ASPCA achieve victories for our nation’s animals, please join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade and we’ll email you when we need your voice!