Kinship Circle: ACT/ Bill To (Finally?) End Horse Slaughter

July 29th, 2008 8:37 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Date: Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 4:32 PM
Subject: ACT/ Bill To (Finally?) End Horse Slaughter

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7/29/08: New Bill To (Finally?) End Horse Slaughter

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Kinship Circle - 2008-07-29 - New Bill To (Finally) End Horse Slaughter

Horses Spared in U.S. Face Death Across the Border
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/11/us/11horse.html

Every 5 Minutes An American Horse Is Slaughtered For Human Consumption
http://www.awionline.org/legislation/horse_slaughter/death_clock.htm

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The Honorable Representative _____________________________
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20510

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Dear Representative __________________________________:

I am a registered voter who cares deeply about animal protection issues. I bring to your attention the Conyers-Burton Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008 (H.R. 6598). Despite court rulings that dismantled America’s last equine plants in Texas and Illinois, our horses still endure grueling transport and slaughter across U.S. borders.

Please co-sponsor H.R. 6598, a bill that bans the knowing and intentional possession, shipping, transporting, purchasing, selling, delivering or receiving of a horse for slaughter.

Racehorses, trail ponies, carriage horses, and Premarin farm foals are among the cast offs sold to killer-buyers at auctions. To reach faraway slaughterhouses, horses are stuffed into trucks built for smaller animals. Footage from Humane Society of the United States shows horses in 110-degree heat wrenched, beaten and jammed into trailers. Deprived of food, water or rest, they arrive weak and injured. Some are dead by journey’s end.

Survivors meet a violent fate on the kill floor. At Mexican plants, each horse’s neck is pierced with a “puntilla knife” until the spinal cord severs. Fully alert, horses bob their heads as the blade stabs them around the withers. Finally, horses collapse — paralyzed and shuddering, but not dead. Eventually they succumb to suffocation or blood loss. Some horses remain conscious as their bodies are dismembered.

The Conyers-Burton Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 6598) is comparable to the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503/S. 311) — but zeros in on cruelty by prohibiting horse slaughter under the U.S. Code (Title 18) that applies to specific facets of animal abuse.

Please expedite passage of H.R. 6598. The longer Congress wavers, the more American horses face agony inside foreign slaughter plants.

Sincerely,

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Kelley Dupps, Grassroots Outreach Coordinator — Government Affairs HSUS)
kdupps [at] hsus.org

H.R. 6598, The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008
http://www.washingtonwatch.com/bills/show/110_HR_6598.html

Congress Takes Horse Cruelty Head On!
http://www.awionline.org/legislation/eAlerts/2008/072408.htm

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