House Appropriations Committee Votes To Defund USDA Inspections of Horse Slaughter Plants.
May 31, 2011

From the range, to the slaughter chute: our nation's mustangs.

Today’s good news and photographs, courtesy of: American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

UPDATE (5/31/11, p.m.): Your calls did it, the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee voted 24 to 21 in favor of Congressman Moran’s amendment which continues the defunding of horse slaughter plant inspections.  The defunding of slaughter plant inspections is the reason horses are currently not slaughtered in the U.S.

Your calls made it happen!  This evening, Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at 6 p.m. the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee voted in favor (24-21) of Congressman Jim Moran’s amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations Bill to prohibit federal funding for USDA inspections of horse slaughter plants. The final Appropriations bill will still need to pass the full House and Senate before becoming law, but today’s Committee vote is an important first step in the fight to prevent the re-establishment of horse slaughter plants in the U.S. 

Without federal funding for USDA inspections, horse slaughter plants producing horse meat for human consumption cannot operate in the U.S.!

A BIG thank you to advocates across the country who stepped up to make calls today to voice opposition to the resumption of horse slaughter in the U.S.

As you know, the threat of commercial slaughter always looms large over the heads of the tens of thousands of mustangs who have been removed from the range and are stockpiled in government holding pens and pastures. Today’s victory is important in the battle to protect horses – both wild and domestic – from the unspeakably cruel fate of being sold for slaughter to become horsemeat to supply foreign markets.

For more information about this situation and Congressman Moran’s amendment, please click here.

Our deep appreciation goes to Congressman Moran who has been a longtime champion of wild horses and burros and who fights many tough battles for what is fair and just.

You Made The Difference!! THANK YOU FOR TAKING ACTION TO PROTECT AMERICA’S HORSES.

Thank you, American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, for all YOU do.

Horses tagged for slaughter.

The Prevention Of Equine Cruelty Act Is Reintroduced.
January 25, 2009

Saved from slaughter.

Cloud and Mr. Bean, saved from slaughter.

Photo by Emily Murdoch

All block-quoted material below is courtesy of the Americans Against Horse Slaughter website.

http://www.americansagainsthorseslaughter.com

As always, you can help make a difference for America’s horses. Please read on to learn important new information concerning HR503, the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008.

 Americans Against Horse Slaughter is a non-funded, grassroots movement comprised of supporters of a federal ban on the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. More about us

  ALERT! HR503 THE PREVENTION OF EQUINE CRUELTY ACT REINTRODUCED!

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15th, 2009


The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (HR503) was introduced on Wednesday by House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) andRepresentative Dan Burton (R-IN).  The bill which will ban horse slaughter and the transport of horses to slaughter for human consumption was first introduced in the summer of 2008.  While it had strong bipartisan support and passed out of the Judiciary Committee, time ran out for the 110thCongress.


The swift introduction of HR503 to the 111th Congress indicates just how committed Chairman Conyers is to ending horse slaughter and the brutal conditions surrounding this practice.  HR503 already has 60 co-sponsors in the House and has strong bipartisan support.

 

“The horse is an American icon, and it is a betrayal of our responsibility to these animals to treat them like cheap commodities and send them across our borders for slaughter”, said Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States.

 

Although the last remaining horse slaughter plants operating in the US were shut down in 2007, the practice continues by transporting our horses to Canada and Mexico where they are brutally slaughtered and their meat is shipped overseas as a delicacy in Europe and Asia.


“There are naysayers who claim we should reopen the US plants rather than seek to ban all horse slaughter.  Clearly, they’ve already forgotten how awful the plants here were,” said Chris Heyde, Deputy Director of Government and Legal Affairs for the Animal Welfare Institute.


Americans Against Horse Slaughter is a non funded, grassroots movement comprised of supporters of a federal ban on the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. People from all walks of life and from all parts of the country have joined together to form AAHS. “We have no other agenda, other than to stop the slaughter of American horses. This should not be a political issue but one of humanity,” said Shelley Abrams, one of the co-founders of AAHS. 

To join the movement and help end the suffering of hundreds of thousands of American horses or for more information, please join www.americansagainsthorseslaughter.com