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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

Carol Carpenter

I don't understand how not having facility inspections stops horse slaughtering. Doesn't that just mean anyone can do it without worrying about oversight?

sarah

Thats what I was thinking...

Debbie Williams

No, all meat animals slaughtered in the US must have USDA inspections for that meat and the funding must be in place before that happens. Without funding these inspections, the slaughter plants are prohibited from slaughtering horses for human consumption.

Michelle Roades

Yes they do!! It is a even worse death for them. When will that stop?? Horse being stabbed to death, shipped such long hours, and stallions being placed with mares and foals it just turns my stomach. This is far worse than what they suffered before. When will this ALL stop???? Horses do not deserve this.

Mary E. Steers

I am totally sick to my stomach over any animal cruelty and don't know why it cannot be stopped by alerting everyone to keep an eye on neighbors etc. and to send a message by giving the harshest sentences to those that are caught....LIFE in prison...same as for a human..If I had my way I would do to the "person" what they did to the animal

Mary E. Steers

I am totally sick to my stomach over any animal cruelty and don't know why it cannot be stopped by alerting everyone to keep an eye on neighbors etc. and to send a message by giving the harshest sentences to those that are caught....LIFE in prison...same as for a human..If I had my way I would do to the "person" what they did to the animal

Pam Woods

I could not agree with you more Mary! Life in prison. And yes...do to the "person" what they did to the animal. I'll bet if we started doing this, animal cruelty would soon end! We need to be more harsh in punishment!!

Ronda

I agree. Its so very sad that we have such heartless people in this world. Well hopefully they'll see the light soon or one day they'll be begging for mercy & the ear they're pleading to may choose not to hear them or care either......

Carol Fogarassy

I agree, animal cruelty is so horribly prevalent. I applaud humane agencies for the work they do. I just don"'t understand how anyone can b cruel to any animal. Is there no end?

Karen sellar

Me too! All you can do is take care of the horses you have :-) its impossible, though very sad, that you can't help what others do :-(

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