Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
flew recently after Congress
restored funding for U.S. inspectors to oversee horse
slaughter, opening the door
for horses to be killed and butchered in the United States for the first time since 2006. But
there is hope for a better bill: The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of
(S. 1176/H.R. 2966),
which would outlaw horse slaughter in the U.S. as well as close the loophole
that previously allowed horses to be sent on grueling journeys to
slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada, something that added approximately 230
extra miserable miles to their already miserable lot. Horses urgently need anyone
and everyone you can enlist—your
neighbors, friends, coworkers, and family—to actively support this act. Please click here to register your
Each year, more than 130,000 frightened horses are trucked from
the U.S. and killed in slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. After enduring
hundreds of miles jostled about in cramped trucks—often in extreme temperatures
without food or water, on slippery floors, their heads bent over from the low
ceilings, being kicked and bitten by other horses—they are shot in the head, are
strung up by one leg, and have their throats cut.
The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of
2011 would prohibit shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving,
possessing, purchasing, selling, or donating horses and other equines for human
consumption. In other words, it would effectively end the use of U.S. horses
for food—both here and abroad!
lifeline for horses is currently sitting in Congress and requires that we act
fast. Please click here now to urge your
members of Congress to vote in favor of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention
Act of 2011. Ask everyone you know, and set up tables to enlist those you don't,
to do the same.
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