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Victory—U.S. Horse Slaughter Rejected by U.S. House Committee!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 3:30pm

Horse lovers across America can celebrate a big victory. The U.S. House Appropriations Committee just approved an amendment that will prevent taxpayer dollars from being used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect U.S. horse slaughter facilities. By blocking this federal funding, the House has taken its first step to ensure that horse slaughter facilities cannot legally operate on U.S. soil. We will need your help to ensure this provision gets through the whole House and the Senate, so stay tuned for upcoming advocacy alerts.

While our current Congress has prided itself on reducing government spending, last year's agriculture funding bill actually omitted this provision—opening the U.S. market to the horse slaughter industry.

"Using taxpayer dollars to fund this abhorrent industry is a wildly unpopular decision," says Nancy Perry, ASPCA Senior Vice President of Government Relations. "At a time when funding for many vital programs is being cut, it is imperative that Congress not use $5 million of taxpayers' money to fund horse slaughter, a cruel practice that benefits only foreign interests."

Take Action!
Rep. Moran’s amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations bill protects American communities from the devastating environmental and economic impact of horse slaughter facilities, but the bill still has to pass the full House of Representatives. The House will vote on the bill on Tuesday, June 26. Please contact your U.S. representative today and urge him or her to pass the bill with the Moran Amendment intact and reject any attempts to fund horse slaughter during fiscal year 2013!

Comments

Joy

I don't understand how stopping the funding for inspection stops horse slaugther. Seems like this just opens it up for more abuses. We want it stopped completely.

Marianne Schneider

I totally agree. Stopping funding for inpections will not stop horse slaughter and opensit up for more abuses and other illegal activities. It must be stopped completely, just dog fighting and puppy mills. The government does not have enough funds/people to monitor these activities. There is a quote by Ghandi: "The humanity of a nation is determine by the way it treats its animals."

Kren H

Horse meat of any kind of meat can not be sold unless it is first inspected by the USDA. This is payed for with tax payers money.

susan

Please stop this slaughter

Judith Ledford

Im so glad this passed. There is no need in slaughtering horses at all. Good going

Ghislaine

I used to support this legislation when it passed a few years ago. Now I understand better what's happening: between horses shipped in horrendous conditions to be dismembered alive in Mexico, or unwanted horses slowly starving from neglect, I think the humane solution is the regulated slaughtering for human consumption... At least as long as no one is able to put a check on the horse breeding industry that does not give a damn to what happens next to the youngsters that leave the breeding facilites.

Ghislaine

I used to support this legislation when it passed a few years ago. Now I understand better what's happening: between horses shipped in horrendous conditions to be dismembered alive in Mexico, or unwanted horses slowly starving from neglect, I think the humane solution is the regulated slaughtering for human consumption... At least as long as no one is able to put a check on the horse breeding industry that does not give a damn to what happens next to the youngsters that leave the breeding facilites.

Angela Fisher

Any steps taken to get in the way of this cruel action are important. Spending our federal dollars on something such a huge part of our population is against is folly. Pass Horse Slaughter prevention.

Laura

Horses are routinely shipped into Mexico and Canada for long exhausting non stop trips often with their horseshoes still on sliding on the metal floors and hitting their heads on the rooves of these short cars. Research is everywhere. Please stop this terrifying journey.

Jan

unlicensed or back door breeders need to stop breeding their horses, this why there are so many horses that can't find good homes, but what happens when shelters have no room and no money to save horses from slaughter?? people quit breeding then you don't have such a surge of horses that can't be taken care of....the trip ot mexico and canada is a very hard trip on these animals and as long as there is demand there is supply. Stop unecessary breeding...

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