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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

Pamela

I agree with you about the breeding. However, ride for miles in a trailer full of horses, stomping on each other, trying to breed with each other, without food or water...just to get to a plant where I then am whipped, beaten, kicked, still without food or water. Then I get to walk into a stall or pen thinking I am finally going to get some food or water, probably bleeding from many injuries, to get shot in the head. That is inhuman and despicable. I and many other animal activists would never support this for any amount of money or jobs.

Michelle

Great job...not they will just continue to ship them on 2-3 day hauls with no food or water to mexico where they have their spinal cords severed with machetes.

misti

People are ignorant if they want to blame this on thoroughbred breeding....there's plenty of backyard breedersthat have no papers and create unwanted or not needed animals. Slaughter isn't the evil its the people who starve and neglect these horses that are the problem. Open up your eyes people.

Tina Yrshus

I believe it is much harder on the horses to take a very long trailer ride out of the country to be slaughtered in unregulated slaughterhouses. No one who loves animals likes to think about this but isn't it more humane to send them to a facility where they will be killed quickly with a bolt gun and inspectors? We kill all sorts of animals for consumer use and export so what do we do differently here? I am a horse lover and owner for many years and would like to see proper respect given to all the animals in this situation.

kt

they are not killed quickly with a bolt gun- you need to learn the facts- it os far from a quick painless death-very far!

Karen

All this does is send them across the borders to Mexico & Canada to even WORSE situations & conditions. The ride alone kills them. Once again the U.S. House Committee sicks it's head in the sand. WAKE UP and look at the horses that are being starved & turned loose in the deserts & back roads in other peoples property because they can't take care of them or sell them. US NEEDS TO PROVIDE A HUMANE OPTION BECAUSE HORSES WILL NEVER GO AWAY. PEOPLE NEED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND TAKE CARE OF THEIR OWN. Associations like PETA & ASPCA need to BACK OFF and HELP this situation & quite being a hindrance to it.

K

I TELL YOU WHAT WHEN IT IS TIME FOR MY HORSE TO GO I WILL HAVE HER EUTHENIZED BY THE VET THEN I WILL HAVE HER BURIED. I WILL NOT PUT MY BELOVED HORSE THROUGH SOMETHING SO HORRIFIC AS SENDING HER TO A PLACE THAT SHE WON'T KNOW AND WILL SCARE HER TO DEATH NOT KNOWING HER FAIT. STOP THE SLAUGHTER LET'S SMARTEN UP AND CARE FOR OUR HORSES THE WAY THEY DESERVE TO BE.

Lauren

u would be shocked who would work at a slaughter plant the mom or dad who are having trouble finding a job and need to feed their family cause they cant get the benefits they should be getting while other people who can work are sitting on their butts getting the unemployment benefits the other family should be getting

Ramona

I don't want horses to be slaughtered but these horses will still be slaughtered. They just won't be slaughtered in the U.S. Instead they will be shipped off and slaughtered in another country with little regulation.

How is this good for the horses?

I am typically in support of ASPCA, but I'm very disappointed with the misinformation they are giving their members on this subject.

Amy

I disagree. I think it is better to have an organization like the ASPCA trying to protect the rights of animals. We are or USE to be a civilized country who see animals as companions. Maybe foreign influence from all the immigrants in this country is changing the AMERICAN viewpoint? Whether animals are raised for food or companionship they should be treated humanely! Period! These are living, breathing, feeling things. Come on people!

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