Help Stop Horse Slaughter Now!Want to stop the slaughter of American horses by prohibiting slaughterhouses from opening and operating in this country and by preventing the export of our horses to Canada and Mexico for this purpose? It takes only a couple of minutes and costs you nothing, not a red cent! In fact, it is as easy as 1,2,3...
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SUBJECT: Please stop the slaughter of our American horses
As you may or may not be aware, as a result of The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2007, slaughterhouses in this country were no longer permitted to kill horses, a bloody and terrifying process. Unfortunately, this is now changing due to an up swell of business interests in the U.S. and Congress approval of the recently passed Agricultural Appropriations bill. This bill does not include vital defunding language to prohibit USDA inspections of horse slaughter plants in the U.S., so it has essentially created a green light to once again commence the slaughter of American Horses in this country.
Since 2007, when horse slaughter stopped in this country, there has been no protection for our horses... they have been continually crammed into cattle cars and shipped to either Canada or Mexico without food and water. Vast numbers of them do not even survive the trip. Those that do, meet a horrific death. Many of these are young and vibrant. In excess of 100,000 horses are massacred each year.
There are a couple of favored ways; horses are cattle-prodded and then shot in the head with a nail gun or spike, sending fragments of skull into their brains. This is designed to stun them so as to prevent any kind of fighting for their life. In Mexico, their spinal cord is severed with a small knife by repeated stabbing. In either case, the horse is still alive as it is hung by usually one leg with its throat slit, so it can choke and bleed to death. This has happened to Kentucky Derby competitors and even one winner, if you can believe this!!
Over 70% of Americans are against horse slaughter and understand that horses are not raised as food animals; they are our companions and an integral part of America's heritage and culture. Americans do not eat horses just as they do not eat cats and dogs and nobody in another country should be permitted to do so (there is a market in Asia and parts of Europe for horsemeat).
We all grew up worshipping horses on television and the silver screen (War Horse, Secretariat and Seabiscuit to recite a few recent movies). We have applauded their accomplishments in sports, whether it be horse racing, shows, polo or the rodeo. We fought wars on their backs and even depended upon them to help us deliver our mail. We have and still count on them for transportation, for plowing our fields and for hobby.
People who own horses must act responsibly and re-home their horses and not merely discard them without any regard for what will more than likely occur. Rescue organizations should be funded and landowners incentivized to provide homes for unwanted horses.
Senator, I urge you to please support the current American Horse Slaughter Act, (S 1176, HR 2976) which will prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, and for other purposes.
It is an affront to basic U.S. human decency to permit this to go on any longer.