HSUS: Two steps forward, one step back for horses

June 5th, 2007 9:36 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: Humane Society of the United States – humanesociety [at] hsus.org
Date: Jun 5, 2007 4:29 PM
Subject: Two steps forward, one step back for horses

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Action Alert
The Humane Society of the United States
June 5, 2007

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TWO STEPS FORWARD, ONE STEP BACK FOR HORSES

I have news to report to you on the issue of horse slaughter in the United States.

First, despite many threats that horse slaughter would be legalized by a stealth floor amendment in the final, intense days of the 2007 Texas state legislative session, we’re thrilled to report that the effort did not succeed. The flood of phone calls from you Texans really had an impact — we heard about them from every office. We were lobbying right up until the last moment and running ads in Texas newspapers, and the calls and letters made an enormous difference. (Note: View the ad at https://community.hsus.org/ct/i1S7Mss1hmhx/)

Second, Illinois passed a ban on horse slaughter for human consumption with the full support of the Governor and the Illinois Department of Agriculture! However, only a week after the victorious passage of this state bill, the owners of the horse slaughter plant in Illinois filed suit to overturn the law. An Illinois federal judge issued a temporary restraining order overriding the new state law, and that order will remain in force until a June 14 hearing. This means that horse slaughter can temporarily resume at the Illinois plant — which can butcher more than 500 horses a week. Our attorneys are fighting back in every way they can, but we need your help.

These state bans, and this temporary setback, once again highlight the urgent need for passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503/S. 311) — a federal bill to prohibit horse slaughter for human consumption and the transport of horses across the border for slaughter. We cannot sit back now while our horses are still being sent to Mexico and Canada for brutal slaughter in large numbers.

TAKE ACTION

Please make a brief, polite phone call today to each of your U.S. Senators to urge them to co-sponsor H.R. 503/S. 311 to stop
the slaughter of American horses in this country or over the border.

Making a call is easy. A staff member will take your message and pass it to your legislator. You can say:

“Hello, my name is [your name]. I am a constituent, calling from [your town, your state] to urge [Senator] to please co-sponsor S. 311 today to help stop the slaughter of American horses — in the U.S. or over the border. Horses are not bred or raised for this purpose; yet perfectly healthy horses are bought by the horse slaughter industry to be converted into a foreign delicacy. Our horses deserve better.”

After you make your calls, send a follow-up email to your legislators to reiterate your opposition to horse slaughter for
human consumption: https://community.hsus.org/campaign/FED_2007_horse_slaughter3/

Finally, please be sure to tell your friends and family about this issue and how they can help, too: https://community.hsus.org/campaign/FED_2007_horse_slaughter3/forward/

Let’s finish off these foreign-owned horse butchering plants and send them packing for good. Join me in pushing for more co-sponsors and swift passage of H.R. 503/S. 311 in Congress!

Thank you for taking action to help horses, and for all you do
for animals.

Sincerely,

Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

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