American Horses Need Your HelpPublished June 14, 2011
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Most horse racing enthusiasts who personally didn’t attend the 142nd running of the Belmont Stakes this past Saturday afternoon were no doubt glued to their television sets, wondering if Animal Kingdom, the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, would victoriously fly over the finish line to capture the prestigious win.
Out of the blue, however, Ruler on Ice, with jockey Jose Valdivia, Jr. on board, triumphantly pulled off the exciting win with odds of 24-1. And while 50 horses have won two legs of this arduous three race series, no horse has mastered the Triple Crown since Affirmed galloped to glory in 1978.
But after the celebratory fanfares are over, sadly what happens to many of these magnificent animals (despite their incredible courage, huge hearts and desire to win)is that they become burned out or injured. Eventually, they no longer are considered money makers, and, more often than not, become a financial drain on their owners.
Many of these formerly valuable, talented horses, along with others who once graciously served us, are often sold at auction and are bought by buyers only to be shipped to Mexican or Canadian horse slaughterhouses, where they ignominiously end up as delicacies on dining tables in Europe and other foreign countries.
However, a ray of sunshine has appeared once again to shine on our beloved American horses. On May 30th, the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment proposed by Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) to the FY 2012 Agricultural Appropriations bill which would continue to prevent our tax dollars from being spent on paying for inspections of horse slaughterhouses.
The amendment would ensure commercial horse slaughter in the United States to be illegal. Since meat for human consumption cannot be sold without these inspections, the passing of this amendment is crucial. Since 2005 the bi-partisan language has been included in every Agricultural Appropriations bill. Without its passage, companies will once again be able to resume horse slaughter. This goes to vote by the full House of Representative on Wednesday, June 15, which will decide whether or not to spend our tax dollars on slaughterhouse Inspections.
And while getting this legislation passed is critical, horse lovers must ultimately arrive at plans which would prevent horses from being shipped “down the road” arriving at an unknown and often inhumane final destination. While this compelling Fox News video concerns race horses, all horses must be protected.
Animal lovers who want to help should call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-2131 or call your own U.S. representative. Find their contact information at: http://www.house.gov/representatives/
Ask your representative to vote against any amendments to remove Representative Moran's amendment to the 2012 Agricultural Appropriations bill. Ask them to support de-funding inspections of horses slaughtered for meat of human consumption. Every call is vital to protect our horses. Please take action!
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