SAPL eAlert: Congress to consider two (horse-related) bills

April 22nd, 2007 8:55 pm by Kelly Garbato

UPDATE, 4/30/07, via the HSUS:

This afternoon (4/27/07), at 12:38 p.m., the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly (277-137) to restore a 34-year-old ban on the commercial sale and slaughter of America’s wild horses and burros. Yesterday, the bill to ban the sale and transport to slaughter of all American horses cleared a critical Senate committee by a decisive 15-7 vote. These victories move us even closer to banning horse slaughter in the United States permanently.

Your calls and emails are key to winning this fight. Everyday this past week, as I walked the halls of the House and Senate with other Humane Society of the United States staff, shoring up support for these two votes, every office we visited said the same thing: “We are getting a lot of phone calls from our constituents about the horses.” Please help keep the momentum going:

+ Click here to urge support for restoring protections to wild horses and burros.

+ Click here to urge support for banning the slaughter of all horses.


UPDATE, 4/23/07:

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has a sample letter for H.R. 249 (item #2 in the SAPL email below), here (“Up This Week: House Vote on Saving Wild Horses and Burros”).


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Cathy Liss, Legislative Director – action [at]
Date: Apr 20, 2007 5:50 PM
Subject: URGENT SAPL eAlert: Congress to consider two bills

Congress to consider two bills to protect horses next week

Your Help Is Urgently Needed


On April 25, the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a mark-up for S. 311, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (AHSPA). At the mark-up, Committee members will decide on the language of a measure they expect to report to the full Senate.

While support on the Senate Commerce Committee is strong, it is critical that all Committee member including cosponsors of this bill hear from an outpouring of constituents. Please urge the members of the Committee to stand strong against any misinformation that is being spread by pro-horse slaughter groups and individuals. Ask all members of the Committee to vote in favor of S. 311 and encourage Senate leadership to move the bill swiftly to the full Senate for consideration. If your own Senator is on the Committee it is especially important for you to contact him/her. Two years ago, the US Senate voted overwhelming to stop horse slaughter for a year; S. 311 will ensure that the practice is stopped permanently.


In the House of Representatives, Members of Congress will have an opportunity to take a stand for wild horses when H.R. 249 comes up for a vote on Thursday. Introduced by Chairman Nick Rahall (D-WV), this bill would stop the commercial exploitation and slaughter of wild horses by repealing the 2004 “Burns rider” and restoring the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act to its original language.

Passage of these bills is critical to the welfare of America’s horses. Congress has spoken out several times against the slaughter of both wild and domestic horses, and now they must take a stand to keep our horses safe forever.


A. Please call and fax members of the Senate Commerce Committee TODAY, urging them to vote “YES” on S. 311, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. If they are currently cosponsoring the bill, also ask them to speak out on behalf of this important measure during the mark-up and persuade their colleagues to join them in support. Feel free to refer to the facts about horse slaughter listed below.

For a complete listing of committee members and their contact information, click here. To learn more about our campaign to stop horse slaughter for human consumption, please visit

B. Please contact your Representative as well, asking that he or she vote “YES” on H.R. 249 to restore protections for wild horses when the measure comes to the House floor for a vote next Thursday. For more information on these animals’ plight and how to contact your Representative, please click here:

Additionally, please share this eAlert with family, friends and co-workers, and encourage them to contact the Commerce Committee Senators and their Representatives, too. As always, thank you very much for your help!

Cathy Liss
Legislative Director

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* Last year, three foreign-owned slaughter plants cruelly slaughtered more than 100,000 horses for human consumption in Europe and Asia. Tens of thousands more of America’s horses were exported from the United States and slaughtered in other countries.

* Slaughter is NOT humane euthanasia. Horses suffer horribly on the way to and during slaughter.

* Passage of the AHSPA will reduce animal suffering ­hence its wide support throughout the equestrian and veterinary world, as well as the humane community.

* Americans overwhelmingly support an end to horse slaughter for human consumption. In California, a 1998 ballot initiative to ban horse slaughter for human consumption passed with 60 percent of the vote.

* Animal cruelty is NOT a property rights issue. It is illegal to abuse and neglect any animal, and horse slaughter is one of many tragic forms of animal cruelty.

* A recent ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Texas law making the operation of the two Texas plants illegal.

* The US District Court recently ruled that the US Department of Agriculture scheme that allowed the horse slaughter facilities to hire their own inspectors is a violation federal law. All plants were ordered to close immediately.

* Horse slaughter has been stopped temporarily in the United States, but could resume without passage of the AHSPA. Horses are still being shipped to Mexico and Canada for slaughter, causing even greater suffering.

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