Kinship Circle: LETTER / Horse Slaughter Bill Renewed In 110th Congress

January 29th, 2007 7:13 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Date: Jan 29, 2007 3:29 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Horse Slaughter Bill Renewed In 110th Congress

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1/29/07 — Horse Slaughter Bill Renewed In 110th Congress


Help Save Horses Right Out of the Gate

Court Declares Horse Slaughter in Texas Illegal



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The Honorable Representative _____________________________
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The Honorable Senators _________________________________
The U.S. Senate, U.S. Capitol Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Representative __________________________________ and Senators _______________________________________________:

Please accept my gratitude if you are already a cosponsor of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503/S. 311). If not, I respectfully ask you to shield America’s horses from slaughter with your endorsement of this critical legislation.

Last September, the House voted to pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act and the Senate’s acquired 33 cosponsors for its companion bill. Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of the annual slaughter of some 100,000 horses for overseas consumption. I am among the majority of U.S. voters who want elected officials to grant horses immunity from butchers now. Please advocate passage of H.R. 503/S. 311 so this bill is finally signed into law.

In fact, there is little “industry” left to sustain. On January 19, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit pronounced horse slaughter illegal in Texas, home to two of only three foreign-owned equine plants in the U.S. (The third plant is in DeKalb, Illinois). A federal ban is imperative to stop the killing and halt the export of our horses to Mexico or Canada for slaughter.

Horse slaughter is a profoundly inhumane industry. Discarded show horses, racehorses, Premarin industry foals, wild horses, carriage horses, and family companions are shipped from auction to slaughter inside double-deck livestock trucks built for smaller animals. Deprived of food, water or rest, most arrive weak, dehydrated and injured after treks that last up to 30 hours.

At the processing plant horses are herded into holding pens, where they subsist amid the inescapable stench of blood and death. On the killing floor, workers fire metal shunts into their brains. The captive bolt pistols (crafted for cows, sheep and pigs) are rarely forceful enough to stun these long-necked animals. Dangling by a shackled rear leg, many regain consciousness as their throats are slit and their bodies dismembered.

Please cosponsor the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. It is time to permanently ban the slaying of our horses for diners in Italy, France, Belgium, and Japan.

Thank you,


Kinship Circle Headed To New Orleans & We Need Help!

Kinship Circle - 12-12-06 - 01 - Lakeview


Jeanette Althans, Lakeview, New Orleans feeder, writes: I first spotted this black and white cat in November 2005. I just saw the cat again last weekend! I will never forget this cat and never forget what Rebbie Levingston (a former Lakeview feeder) said about him: “This cat is my inspiration.”

More than 17 months after Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, aid is still needed in New Orleans and surrounding areas. Rebuilding is slow, demolition somewhat random. Today’s food/water station is tomorrow’s leveled slab. But for the animals left behind (and their ample offspring) food, water and rescue are essential.

From February 16-22, 2007 Brenda and a small Kinship Circle team will cover as much ground as possible — ferrying food and water to ever-changing stations, some unfilled for weeks or longer… In the hardest hit, least repopulated areas of Greater New Orleans and Plaquemines Parish… We also hope to bring some Katrina cats back to place in loving hands.

Thanks to those who donated… But we need more!

If we receive enough donations to purchase MORE food than needed for our weeklong effort, all extra food will go directly to Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO).

Please send donations earmarked for Katrina Rescue/Food:


Send check made out to Kinship Circle (a nonprofit organization) to:
Kinship Circle
7380 Kingsbury Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63130
memo: Katrina Rescue/Food


Do you have DRY CAT FOOD to donate or know someone who does?
Brenda Shoss, kinshipcircle [at], 314-863-9445


In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Kinship Circle united with Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) under the banner Grassroots Effort for Animals of the Storm, mobilizing volunteers/supplies to nearly 80 relief missions across four states.

As HSUS was leaving Lamar Dixon in October 2005, I connected with Jane Garrison, Pia Salk and David Meyer who saw the need to continue as Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO). From Oct. 2005 to Feb. 2006, I served as original ARNO’s food/water assignments director and volunteer coordinator… In the Spring of 2006, I worked closely with Shannon Moore on Louisiana’s Pet Evacuation Bill, which — with all of your diligent letter writing — passed.

Still, for the animal (and human) victims of Katrina, it’s not quite over… Please, if you can, donate from your heart so we can bring much needed food and supplies to animals.

With heartfelt thanks,

Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle

KINSHIP CIRCLE – Action Campaigns I Literature I Voice For Animals
Nonprofit working in animal protection/cruelty + animal disaster relief campaigns
Brenda Shoss, president * Janet Enoch, vice-president
info [at] or kinshipcircle [at] *

Kinship Circle, Nonprofit Corporation, registered in the state of Missouri
Charter number: N00071626 * Certification number: 7789294
[Federal] Employee Identification Number (EIN): 20-5869532



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