(POLITICS) UNITED STATES — In response to an investigation revealing that Indonesian slaughterhouses savagely kill imported Australian cattle, we urged Global Animals to pressure the Australian government into enacting a ban on live exports. Unfortunately, the practice of live exports also exists in the United States. Although Congress passed the Horse Protection Act (HPA) of 1970 and no horse slaughterhouses currently operate in the United States, the HPA has been difficult to enforce and horses can still be shipped to Canada or Mexico to be slaughtered. In order to stop this exportation practice, the Senate introduced a bill titled The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. Read on for more information about the proposed legislation and how you can help get this bill passed. — Global Animal
Americans don’t raise horses as food and we don’t eat them. Sadly, even though the last horse slaughter plants in the U.S. were closed in 2007, American horses are still being shipped over our borders for slaughter in Canada and Mexico.
The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act would end this gruesome practice by prohibiting the transport of our horses for slaughter for human consumption. One quarter of the U.S. Senate now supports this legislation—we need to get a majority of the Senate to cosponsor it. Please help us!
Horse slaughter is not humane and it is not a form of euthanasia. And contrary to the misinformation spread by the horse slaughter lobby, it is not a “kind” act for our horses, nor would its resumption in this country create jobs.
Many of the horses who go to slaughter would have gone to good homes or sanctuaries, but the kill buyers outbid them and prevent these humane options. Our horses are then subjected to overcrowded transport over long distances: many are trampled, injured or killed en route to slaughter. Once they arrive, they are killed by inhumane methods. Some are actually dismembered while conscious.
Horses give their hearts to us. They helped us settle this country, carried us into battle, and continue to work hard for us every day. It is a betrayal to sell them to foreign butchers.
What You Can Do
Please take time for two quick acts today:
1) Use the email below to contact your U.S. senators now and urge them to cosponsor the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act! Please customize your message in the space provided.
2) To ensure your voice is heard immediately, place a brief, simple phone call to your two U.S. Senators in Washington, D.C., to request that they “Cosponsor S. 1176, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011, and vote to prevent horse slaughter in the U.S.!”
You can find their phone numbers here—or, if you know your senators’ names, you can simply call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
On behalf of the horses, thank you for your help!
By the way, if you live in one of the following states, congratulations—both your senators have already cosponsored S. 1176!
NY, NJ, DE, CT, ME, IL, MA, RI