Help Restore the Ban on USDA Meat Inspectors in Horse Slaughter PlantsPublished June 11, 2012
Carrie Gobernatz: With Permission
As a result of this legislation the three remaining horse slaughter plants for meat for human consumption closed. But since horse slaughter for meat for human consumption remained legal in Mexico and Canada, untold numbers of healthy horses were shipped outside the country and slaughtered, their meat shipped to Europe and other countries.
Less than two weeks ago, Petside featured an article questioning if the recently-lifted ban on horse slaughter for meat for human consumption would soon lead to horsemeat being sold in local supermarkets around the country. The ban was lifted in December 2011 as part of a funds allocation amendment to keep our economy afloat.
This said the fight to stop horse slaughter for human consumption in the United States is far from over.
According to his website, on May 27 Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA), joined together with advocates from Children 4 Horses, the Wild Horse Freedom Federation and the Equine Welfare Alliance for Congress to reinstate the ban on horse slaughter for human consumption. Congressman Moran, the Ranking Member on the House Interior and Environmental Subcommittee is calling for a new Amendment to stop horse slaughter in the United States by cutting USDA funds for horse meat inspectors.
During his press conference, Congressman Moran said “Today, we join with thousands of voices across the country calling on Congress to re-enact the ban on horse slaughter. Horses hold a special place in our nation’s history and culture. Slaughtering these treasured creatures is an ugly practice and should not be condoned by Congress.” He added,“When 80 percent of the American public opposes this practice, congressional leaders have a responsibility to listen to the people.”
But if the committee doesn’t accept Congressman Moran’s amendment to the Agricultural Appropriations bill, the anti-horse slaughter advocates will have to wait until September 2013 for any further action to stop Horse Slaughter in the United States.
If YOU are among the 80 percent of the people who passionately oppose horse slaughter, and are ready and willing to help, there are only 7 days to show support for Congressman Moran’s Amendment. NOW is the time to take action!
Fax ALL the Members of the House Appropriations Committee to “SUPPORT THE MORAN AMENDMENT TO PROHIBIT USDA INSPECTIONS AT HORSE SLAUGHTER FACILITIES IN THE UNITED STATES”. While phone calls and emails can be effective, faxes are permanently kept by the recipients and cannot be deleted.
For Fax numbers and other contact information visit The Persian Horse Blog. Five free faxes a day can be sent from your computer using Fax zerowith two free faxes available daily at GotFreeFax. Another option (the one I took), is taking a 30-day trial membership at Ring Central. You don’t need a fax machine- all you need is computer access.
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