Posted by: kcdisasteraid | March 22, 2009

STOP HORSE SLAUGHTER BLITZ AT STATE/FEDERAL LEVELS

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3/20/09: Stop Horse Slaughter Blitz At State/Federal Levels

LT PHOTO: Foals at slaughter. RT PHOTO: Horse injured on the way to
slaughter. Promoting The Humane And Responsible Treatment of Horses,
http://www.equineadvocates.com/slaughter5.htm

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BACKGROUND + FEDERAL & STATE ACTIONS TO TAKE
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Those in favor of horse slaughter for human consumption claim U.S. slaughter
plants are better regulated than kill floors in Mexico and Canada. Opponents
of a horse slaughter ban contend abandonment/starvation of horses (because
caretakers can’t finance their care) is far worse than slaughter. This line
of reasoning overlooks:

–   Americans don’t eat horsemeat and the majority oppose killing horses for meat.
–   Horses aren’t bred for meat and thus not checked for disease, pathogens prior to slaughter.
–   Animal abandonment is illegal. Offenders should be charged, not permitted to profit from killing horses.
–   Cow and pig slaughter methods used on horses are inhumane for these long-necked animals.

There are too many horses due to overbreeding in industries such as Premarin
and Prempro (HRT drugs from mare’s urine); carriage horses; riding stables,
etc. Rather than study feasibility of new slaughterhouses, proponents ought
to question: “Why are so many animals sent to slaughter, starved or abandoned
by owners who refuse to take responsibility for their horses’ humane care?”
http://www.navs.org/site/News2?news_iv_ctrl=-1&page=NewsArticle&id=7757

State Bills Related To Horse Slaughter
To read a state bill, go here:
http://www.navs.org/site/News2?news_iv_ctrl=-1&page=NewsArticle&id=7757

SUPPORT New Jersey A551: Referred to Assembly Agriculture & Natural
Resources Committee 1-8. Bans horse slaughter; horseflesh for consumption.

SUPPORT New York A3736: Referred to Committee on Agriculture 1-28. Prohibits
slaughter of horses for human consumption.

SUPPORT Arkansas SCR 11: Read twice by Senate and referred to Senate
Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development 3-5 Urges horse
owners to take responsibility for the humane treatment and care of horses
during this time of economic crisis.

OPPOSE Arizona SCM 1001: Senate first reading 1-29. Urges Congress to oppose
a federal ban on horse slaughter and transport of horses for slaughter.

OPPOSE Arkansas HCR 1004: Passed House 1-29, read twice by Senate and
referred to Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry & Economic Development
1-29. Requests congressional support of horse processing facilities.

OPPOSE Idaho HJM5: 3rd reading in House 3-12. Urges Congress to oppose
federal legislation that interferes with a state’s ability to direct the
transport or processing of horses.

OPPOSE Illinois HB 583: Placed on House calendar for second reading and
short debate 2-25. Repeals the state ban on the slaughter of horses.

OPPOSE Illinois HR 160: In House, referred to Rules Committee 3-10. Urges
Congress to oppose federal legislation to ban the slaughter of horses and
the transport of horses for slaughter.

OPPOSE Iowa SR 16: Resolution filed, referred to Rules & Administration 3-9.
Urges Congress to oppose federal legislation to ban the slaughter of horses
and the transport of horses for slaughter.

OPPOSE Kansas HCR 5004: Adopted as amended by Agriculture and Natural
Resources 2-17. Resolution urges US Congress to oppose federal legislation
to ban the slaughter of horses and the transport of horses for slaughter.

OPPOSE Minnesota SF 133: Senate refers to Agriculture and Veterans 1-22.
Resolution urging Congress to oppose federal legislation banning the
slaughter of horses and the transport of horses to slaughter.

OPPOSE Minnesota HF 840: House first reading, referred to Agriculture, Rural
Economies & Veteran Affairs 2-16. Resolution urges Congress to oppose
a federal ban on horse slaughter and transport of horses for slaughter.

OPPOSE Missouri HCR 19: House pass 3-11. Urges Congress to oppose a federal
legislation to ban horse slaughter and transport of horses for slaughter.

OPPOSE Missouri SCR 8: Reported to House 3-5. Urges Congress to oppose a
federal ban on horse slaughter and transport of horses for slaughter.

OPPOSE Montana HB 418: Passed 2-18, now in Senate, hearing 3-5. Authorizes
investor owned horse slaughter plants.

OPPOSE North Dakota SCR 4021: Passed Senate. Urges Congress to recognize the
need for regulated horse processing facilities in the United States.

OPPOSE North Dakota HB 1496: Introduced 1-19, passed 2-18. Lets Department
of Commerce conduct equine processing facility feasibility study.

OPPOSE South Carolina SCR 480: Senate referred to Committee on Agriculture
and Natural Resources 2-25. Urges Congress to oppose federal legislation
interfering with a state’s ability to direct transport/processing of horses.

OPPOSE South Dakota SCR 2: Senate adopted 2-3-09, House of Representatives
Concurred in Resolution, Passed 2-5-09. Urges reinstatement and funding of a
federal inspection program for horse slaughter and euthanasia facilities.

OPPOSE South Dakota SCR 4: Passed Senate 2-19, passed House 2-23. Supports
transport of horses out of the state and country.

OPPOSE South Dakota SCR 10: Senate Adopt Resolution, Passed 3-10. Supports
efforts in other states to address need for equine slaughter/processing in U.S.

OPPOSE South Dakota SB 114: Senate appropriations deferred, passed 2-5.
Provides for study of feasibility of horse slaughter plant in South Dakota.

OPPOSE Tennessee HB 1361: Referred to Agriculture 2-19. Eliminates packaging
and labeling requirements for horsemeat.

OPPOSE Utah HJR 7: Passed House. Urges Congress to oppose federal
legislation to ban horse slaughter and the export of horses for slaughter.

OPPOSE Wyoming HJR 8: Signed into law. Urges Congress to oppose federal
legislation that would interfere with a state’s authority to direct the
transport or processing of horses.

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CONTACT INFORMATION
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1. Below is a sample letter about the FEDERAL (NATIONAL) Prevention of
Equine Cruelty Act of 2009 (H.R. 503).
You may use letter as written to send
to your Representative and Senators in Congress, in Washington D.C.

2. There are also many STATE BILLS to facilitate horse slaughter. Take a
minute to see if YOUR STATE is listed above. Modify the sample letter to
include the name of the state bill and your argument against it.

—  You have CONGRESSIONAL officials who represent you in Washington DC.
These are your FEDERAL LEGISLATORS.

—  You also have STATE officials who represent you in your state’s capitol.
These are your STATE LEGISLATORS.

FIND CONTACT INFORMATION FOR YOUR FEDERAL & STATE LEGISLATORS HERE:
*    http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/officials/?lvl=L
*    http://www.votesmart.org/

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THIS SAMPLE LETTER IS ABOUT FEDERAL BILL H.R. 503
If writing about a STATE BILL: You must modify letter to include STATE
BILL’S NAME and why you oppose/support it. SEE STATE BILLS ABOVE.
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Dear Representative and Senators:

The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009 (H.R. 503) is back on the
legislative calendar, after moving through the Judiciary Committee with
bipartisan approval in the last Congressional session. Please help pass this
measure to ban the possession, shipping, transporting, purchasing, selling,
delivering or receiving of a horse or horseflesh for human consumption.

I am counting on you to support H.R. 503, reintroduced 1/14/09 by House
Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. and Rep. Dan Burton. I
encourage my Senators to introduce and endorse a companion bill that also
activates an export-for-slaughter ban on our nation’s horses.

In 2007, state courts closed America’s last three equine processors in Texas
and Illinois. Still, the lack of a federal law let over 100,000 horses go to
slaughter in Canada and Mexico in 2008.

To reach kill plants, horses are jammed in double-decked cattle trailers
that hurt their heads and necks. Food, water and rest are withheld for 24 or
more hours. Horses arrive weak and injured. Some are dead by journey’s end.
Others kept in the over-packed trailers endure hot or cold weather extremes.
Horses who collapse are brutally offloaded.

Slaughter is excruciating for these easily excitable animals. Horses are
goaded into the kill box with fiberglass rods. Workers pummel their faces,
necks, backs and legs. The captive bolt pistols used in Canada often don’t
work on such long-necked animals, and leave them thrashing in pain.

In Mexico, killers use a “puntilla knife” to sever a horse’s spinal cord.
Investigative footage from a San Antonio News-Express expose in 2007 shows
alert horses stabbed repeatedly around the withers. When a horse finally
falls, he is merely paralyzed while workers dangle him by his hind leg and
slit his throat. Some horses even remain sentient when dismembered.

Violent slaughter should never be an alternative to rescue, adoption or
humane euthanasia. Furthermore, without a federal law horse kill plants may
reopen in states where they are not currently banned.

As a constituent, I ask my Representative to back the Prevention of Equine
Cruelty Act (H.R. 503). I urge my Senators to initiate similar legislation
to end slaughter and domestic/global transport of horses for human
consumption. Your feedback is very important to me.

Thank you,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
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Proponents of Horse Slaughter Flood State Legislative Agendas
http://www.navs.org/site/News2?news_iv_ctrl=-1&page=NewsArticle&id=7757
Promoting The Humane And Responsible Treatment of Horses
http://www.equineadvocates.com/slaughter5.html
PREVENTION OF EQUINE CRUELTY ACT
http://www.awionline.org/legislation/horse_slaughter/

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Responses

  1. This has got to stop. It is completely unethical and just so sad. Please stop abusing these wonderful animals. They are highly intelligent and need to be on ranges and allowed to live out their lives.

  2. Every living thing fights to survive. The moments before death become a drama coloring the human as an monster and the animal as a saint. This-all for the improvement of quality of life for humans? All of this for human fancy and desire? It makes the human a sheer devil, now doesn’t it?
    Just think about that instance when the animal’s will to survive surrenders… What is that animal’s will/soul saying, exactly? “Okay, have it your way- you are the one who needs help here, I give up.”


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