In November 2011, the five-year ban on domestic horse slaughter was lifted when Congress passed -- and President Obama signed into law -- the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that authorized federal funding for USDA inspections of horse meat. This devastating development paves the way for horse slaughter plants to reopen in the U.S. (For more info, please read "A Victory for the Horse Killers," by investigative journalist George Knapp.)
Now is the time to call on the Congress to pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (S.1176 and HR 2966)!
The bipartisan bill bans the slaughter of American horses on U.S. soil. It also prohibits the transport of horses across the border for slaughter in Canada and Mexico -- a horrendous fate currently suffered by more than 100,000 horses per year. If this legislation is not passed in this session, it will simply die a quiet death in committee.
Commercial slaughter is a threat to all American horses . . . both domestic and wild. A recent ProPublica expose´ revealed that BLM has sold "truckload after truckload" of captured wild horses to a livestock hauler who operates a horse slaughter business.
So please be a voice for the horses today!
Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. Senators and your Congressperson. The telephone numbers will appear at the bottom of the sample letter below. A call will only take a moment - all you have to say is this:
"Hello, my name is ____ and I'm a constituent of Senator/Representative ____. I'm calling to ask him/her to co-sponsor The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (S. 1176 in the Senate and HR 2966 in the House) and to help get the legislation out of committee and on to the floor for a vote. Americans do not eat horse meat and are overwhelmingly opposed to this cruel practice. Thank you very much."
If you own a horse and/or are involved in the horse industry, please be sure to state that as well. If your Senators or Congressperson have already sponsored the bill, be sure to thank them and urge them to work hard for its passage.
Please follow up your call with the form below. Be sure to add your words as well, so your representatives in Congress know how important this issue is to you.
NOTE: To send your message, you may be asked to choose a topic area. For your Congressperson, choose "Immigration" because the bill is in that committee. For Senators, choose "Commerce," "Science," or "Transportation," as the Senate version of the bill is in that committee.