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!
For years the ASPCA has worked hard to protect American horses from terrifying, inhumane deaths at slaughterhouses. In 2007, the last three U.S. slaughterhouses processing horses into meat for human consumption were shut down for good—the year prior, they were responsible for killing more than 90,000 horses. Because Americans do not eat horses, this meat was shipped overseas to countries like France, Belgium and Japan, where it is considered a delicacy.
Not a Humane Alternative Horse slaughter is NOT humane euthanasia. Horses suffer horribly on the way to and during slaughter—it is not unusual for them to travel more than 24 hours at a time in cramped conditions without food, water or rest. The methods used to kill horses rarely result in quick deaths: The animals often endure repeated stuns or blows, and sometimes remain conscious during their slaughter.
Some well-meaning animal advocates feel it would be more humane to reopen horse slaughterhouses in the U.S. than to continue to allow the animals to be sent to Mexico and Canada for processing. They may be surprised to learn that even when there were horse slaughter facilities in the U.S., tens of thousands of American horses were still exported and slaughtered in other countries every year. Re-opening slaughterhouses here is not the answer to ending this cruelty.
Take Action! The ASPCA advocates for a federal ban on the international transport of horses intended for human consumption. Over the last few years, different bills that would have achieved this have been introduced in Congress—and even though each has had strong bipartisan support, none have made it over the finish line. Until such a law passes—and we have no doubt one will—it is critical we don’t allow the horse slaughter industry to gain a foothold in the United States. Once it is here, it will be much more difficult to get rid of.
Please join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade to be alerted when legislation on horse slaughter is introduced. And to learn more about alternatives to slaughter, visit our Equine Cruelty section.
In the wake of the devastating storm that demolished much of the community of Joplin, the ASPCA has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Joplin Humane Society to support its disaster relief and recovery efforts. The grant was presented in memory of Joplin Humane Society Executive Director Karen Aquino’s step-daughter, Rachel Markham, who perished in the disaster.
“Our thoughts are with Karen and all the people of Joplin who lost loved ones to this tragedy,” says Joplin native Tim Rickey, ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigations and Response. “The Joplin Humane Society is doing amazing work helping animals affected by the disaster, and we wanted to further support the organization with this grant.
ASPCA on the Ground in Joplin On May 23, the ASPCA deployed to Missouri to lead emergency sheltering efforts of animals displaced by the tornado. Working closely with the Joplin Humane Society, nearly 850 animals have since been rescued—with more than 200 beloved pets being reunited with their families.
“My husband and I are humbled and touched by this gesture,” adds Aquino. “We are grateful to work with the ASPCA in our efforts to reunite pets with their families and help make them whole again.”
Please help us continue to support the animal victims of Joplin. Text PLEDGE to 25383 to donate $10 today!
The ASPCA and the makers of Fresh Step litter aren't asking animal shelters to give away the farm. Just the cats.
Fresh Step has partnered with the ASPCA to encourage shelters to try fee-waived adoption promotions during Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month this June. So far, this life-saving campaign has enlisted more than 100 shelters across the country.
Research shows that fee-waived adoption campaigns not only increase adoptions, but decrease the amount of time cats stay in the shelter. So go ahead, adopt the fabulous feline of your dreams—for free! For a list of participating shelters, visit the Fresh Step Facebook page.
Take Action on Facebook! But wait, there’s more. The maker of Fresh Step Litter will also donate $1 (up to $100,000) to the ASPCA for every "like" the Fresh Step Facebook page receives through July 31, 2011. Get clicking! Please. Thank you.
As Joplin copes with the aftermath of the most lethal single tornado on record, the ASPCA’s emergency response team continues to work tirelessly to rescue and shelter affected animals. More than 350 animals have been brought—most by their families—to the temporary shelter we’re operating in conjunction with the Joplin Humane Society.
Things are starting to look brighter for these animals. By Thursday morning, more than 60 had been reunited with their families! On Wednesday, even as the threat of more severe weather loomed, 20 pets went home in just one hour. Says ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigations and Response Tim Rickey, a Joplin native: “It was a wonderful day.”
Our work is not yet done, and none of it would be possible without generous donations from our members, supply providers like PetSmart Charities and other in-state groups, and countless compassionate volunteers. On Wednesday alone, 150 volunteers arrived at our shelter to help, and we put them to work right away. And shelters around Missouri continue to accept adoptable animals from Joplin.
Says Rickey, “The outpouring of support from the community, the state and elsewhere has been exceptional.”
Please help us support the animal victims of recent disasters in the South and Midwest. Text PLEDGE to 25383 to donate $10 today!