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It’s Happening: Horse Slaughter Vote

Written by Michelle Kretzer | June 26, 2012

You’ve got to act now because on Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the agriculture appropriations bill for fiscal year 2013, meaning that it will have to decide whether to continue to use taxpayer dollars to fund equine slaughter inspections. Last year, horse slaughter once again became a possibility in the U.S. after the government approved federal funds for inspections for the first time since 2006. But this year, Rep. Jim Moran from Virginia introduced an amendment—which the House House Appropriations Committee approved—prohibiting funds from being spent on horse slaughter inspections. Now Congress must decide whether to allow horses to be shot in the head and strung up by one leg before having their throats slit so that people can profit from the sale of their flesh.

Moran’s amendment would get us one step closer to ending horse slaughter, but there is still a huge loophole. Horse-flesh dealers could still send horses to Canada or Mexico to be slaughtered, as they did during the years when no equine slaughterhouses were operating in the U.S. In addition to a painful and terrifying death, a PETA investigation revealed that horses were crammed into transport trucks and sent on grueling journeys of more than 1,000 miles in subfreezing conditions during which time they were never given food or water or a chance to get out and stretch their legs.

The Moran amendment echoes the feelings of the 80 percent of Americans who do not believe that horses should be slaughtered for their flesh, but in order to close the loophole, Congress must also pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011, which states that horses may not be shipped to slaughter outside the country. Please contact your members of Congress today to urge them to support this crucial legislation.

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  • Renee Forbes says:

    HORSE SLAUGHTER IS DISGUSTING. THESE POOR HORSES ARE KILLED INHUMANLY AND IT SHOULD BE STOPPED FOR GOOD

  • sandra barker says:

    please end this

  • Amy Wilkens says:

    This is the most horrible and disgusting form of animal cruelty :( How embarrassing for the human race, to see men and women acting so ignorantly cruel to living, breathing creatures. I’m son sickened by the thought of how terrifying this must be for any poor horse. Please act now, I did. I went online and voted, and am telling everyone I know about this horrifying industry and the cruelty that needs to END NOW! :(

  • Joy G says:

    This has to STOP!! this is barbaric, insane, horrific and a disgrace!!! Anything for a profit.What centuary are we in???..STOP THIS NOW!!!!

  • Lyra Evergreen says:

    I, honestly, am partially for horse slaughter. However, they really do need to change the methods used at the slaughterhouses. I do not agree with the way they do it now, by cramming so many horses into a trailer and not even making sure they are all the way dead before slitting their throats and hanging them by a back leg. They need to transport the horses in a safer way, less horses to a trailer for sure, and they need to be given a clean, open paddock where they wait to be taken into the slaughterhouse. When they do enter the slaughterhouse, they need to be executed quickly, thoroughly, and painlessly. After they are really dead, then they can do what they need to with the body. But honestly, sending horses to a humane slaughterhouse is a lot better than watching them starve to death in a dirty paddock, or beat to death by an uncaring owner, or worked to death, or any of the fates worse than death in a slaughterhouse.

  • Michelle Meyer says:

    Our society should have evolved beyond this type of animal abuse and torture! STOP THE SLAUGHTER NOW!!!

  • Judy M. Rivers says:

    END HORSE SLAUGHTER AND THE TRANSPORT OF HORSES TO SLAUGHTER IMMEDIATELY AND FOREVER!!!!!

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