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Victory! Congress Says Nay to Horse Slaughter in the U.S.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 4:45pm
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UPDATEThursday, Jan. 16, 7:30 P.M. Wonderful news! The U.S. Senate has just passed the FY2014 spending bill with the horse slaughter funding-limitation language intact. The president is expected to sign the bill by the end of the week. This means that no horse slaughter facilities will be permitted to open in the U.S. for the 2014 fiscal year. Congratulations and thanks are due to all our amazing animal advocates, who helped secure this victory.

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The U.S. House of Representatives has just passed the federal government’s FY2014 spending bill, which contains language expressly prohibiting the use of tax dollars to inspect facilities that slaughter horses for human consumption. The massive funding bill is expected to pass the U.S. Senate and be signed into law by President Obama later this week, ushering in a ban on domestic horse slaughter nationwide.

“The message from Capitol Hill is loud and clear on this issue: Our horses deserve better and this abhorrent industry will not be tolerated,” says Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations. “We thank the members of the House for recognizing that using taxpayer dollars to fund the inhumane horse slaughter industry is reckless and wasteful, and urge the Senate to quickly pass this bill.”

In response to overwhelming public opposition to horse slaughter, Congress enacted a similar spending prohibition each year for FY2006 through FY2011. However, it failed to include the prohibition language in the FY2012 budget, opening the door for this gruesome practice to return to U.S. soil.

While the proposed FY2014 spending bill will protect American communities from the devastating environmental and economic impacts of horse slaughter facilities, it will not prohibit the transport of U.S. horses for slaughter across the border to Canada and Mexico. Last year, more than 160,000 American horses were victims of this grisly, foreign industry that produces unsafe, drug-tainted meat.

We can end this horror by passing the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (S. 541/H.R. 1094)—bipartisan legislation that would permanently end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat.

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Emma

Stop the export of horses abroad for slaughter. Horrendous practice. You should see how animals are treated in many other countries of the world. There is no such thing as "animal rights" in many places I have visited. They laugh at the very notion. Protect the horses from export into extreme cruelty and ignorance.

Gina

Yes, this is the next logical step! This recent legislation is a big victory, but we need to keep the momentum going and stop the export of horses for slaughter!

mike

we also should stop the transport of horses across our borders. stop the rounding up and penning or slaughtering the wild mustang. let the older horses live their last days in a meadow instead of being sent to slaughter.

P. J.

Mike I agree with you. What can we do to stop the rounding up and penning or slaughtering the wild mustang?

Rebecca

More research on contraception for mares, that can be done from a distance via a dart.

Rick

Keep in mind older horses needs more care then a younger healthy horses esp. with their teeth. The term "Putting and older horse out to pasture" is a myth. Older horse loose their teeth, or have teeth issues thus starve-hence then the wild animals attach them when they are weak. Not such a nice way to go either. Lots to think about. Keep in mind even wild horses need care too (hooves, teeth etc). Also a huge population of wild horses will eventually kill many off due to lack of enough food too. Similar to deer and why other animals are allowed to be hunted because of lack of food if the population gets too numerous.

Suzanne Moore

The responsibility of an older domestic horse belongs to the OWNER. If they are not willing to be responsible for a horse needs at ANY age, they should not own them in the first place. If they have no more "use" for an older horse, they should have their veterinarian put the horse down.

Taking care of your horse in life AND death are part of the responsibility you assume when you choose to own a horse. And, may I remind everyone, abuse and neglect are CRIMES and should be prosecuted.

American horses are not safe for humans to eat. Horses are not food animals in the US, and are not regulated like food animals. Equine veterinary medications contain ingredients that are expressly banned from ever entering the human food chain and cannot be used in any animal that is slaughtered for human consumption. Knowingly selling adulterated meat is a serious crime in every country.

Wild horses do not get the level of care that domestic horses do just like every other wild animal. They are however often given bute and/or wormers when the BLM releases them back into the wild after a roundup - what few they release, that is. You needn't worry about overpopulation of US wild horses - the welfare ranchers, frackers and the BLM have already reduced most herds to the brink of genetic non viability as it is.

Elaine Brown

The way to make sure that no more American horses are slaughtered anywhere is to call your representative and your senators and ask them to support the SAFE ACT, HR1094 in the House and S541 in the Senate. If they are already co-sponsors, ask them to help get the bill out of committee and onto the floor for a vote. Go to Congress.org and input your zip code to get their names and phone numbers. Thank you for the horses.

Alice Enix

Our Horse Rescue has exploded. How many Horse Rescues do you give money too? We can really use your help here in Georgia. The Horse we found was tied to a tree in the woods. The horse could not lie down, the horse had been there for weeks before he was found. A very painful slow death. Can you help us?

morgansinkc

You have just told a fictional story. A horse tied to a tree would die in a day or two from no water. So stop your fibbing, please.

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