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    Last year, Congress overwhelmingly passed an appropriations bill that effectively stopped horse slaughter for fiscal year 2006 by cutting funding for USDA inspections of slaughter plants. But now, in a move that flies directly in the face of that Congressional mandate, the USDA is considering a petition submitted by three foreign-owned slaughter plants to allow for the continuation of horse slaughter in this country.

    Last year, compassionate citizens told Congress in no uncertain terms that Americans do not support the slaughter of horses in this country to serve the overseas market for horse meat. It’s time to get loud about it once more, animal advocates, to ensure that the ban on horse slaughter remains in place—and goes into effect, as scheduled, on March 10. Please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center today, where you can send a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns and urge him to deny the petition.

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    With a vote on the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503) expected this week, your support is urgently needed! Wednesday, September 6, is the national call-in day for constituents to urge House members to permanently protect horses from slaughter in the United States.

    Last year, almost 100,000 horses suffered and died in the United States in foreign-owned slaughterhouses, so that their flesh could be flown to Europe and Asia for human consumption. We must send a clear signal to the world that American horses are not here to be slaughtered to serve the foreign market for horsemeat.

    Make the call on September 6! Please call your U.S. Representative tomorrow, September 6, and urge him or her to vote “YES” on the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act! Tell your Representative: "I am a constituent, and I am calling to ask that Representative __________ please protect American horses from slaughter and support H.R. 503, the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. I also urge you to oppose any amendments to H.R. 503. I am very concerned about American horses, and I don't want them to be slaughtered." To find contact information for your representative, click here:
    , or call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

    The time is now! A vote on this bill is imminent. As always, thank you for your continued support to help us protect America’s horses!

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    I think everyone should do what they can for this, to stop the inhumane transport and slaughter of horses. And I am ashamed to say that we Canadians are part of the problem as much of the slaughter in the USA is sent over the Canadian board to Ontairo where the killing takes place. I hope we can end this barbaric practice and soon.
    The reason dogs are great is they wag their tails, not their tongues.

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    A big thank you to everyone in the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade who participated in the National Call-In Day on Wednesday, September 6, to urge their representatives to protect horses. In a vote of 263-146, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 503, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, originally introduced in 2001. The Horse Slaughter Prevention Act will permanently ban the slaughter of both wild and domestic horses for human consumption.

    Despite the introduction of two amendments during the floor debate that would have gutted H.R. 503, members of the House overwhelmingly defeated them and spoke out in opposition to horse slaughter, a reflection of the American public's distaste of this practice. H.R. 503 now goes to the Senate, which must vote on the bill before it can be sent to the President for enactment into law.

    To see how your representative voted, click here:
    If your legislator voted “Aye” please call and thank him or her for supporting this groundbreaking legislation. If your representative voted “Noe,” please call and let him or her know how disappointed you are.

    Additionally, if you have not already done so, please contact your senators and urge them to support the Senate version of this bill, S. 1915.

    We will keep you posted on any progress in the Senate. Thank you again for supporting this historic legislation—and please continue to take action to protect America’s horses!

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    When I came back home for a visit, I was happy to see that my state representative actually wrote me back. Makes me happy to know they aren't too busy to care. And I'm also glad to see my efforts and many others are getting attention and something done. I hope it gets complete.

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    Horse Protection Bills Revived!

    Congress is back in session, and so are two crucial equine protection bills!

    H.R. 503/S. 311 - (The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act) will prohibit the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. Americans don’t eat horses, but last year alone more than 100,000 U.S. horses were killed for their meat, which was exported to Europe and Asia.

    H.R. 249 restores protections for wild horses and burros that were undone by the passage of the 2005 Burns Amendment to the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act.

    If you recognize these bills, it’s because both of them were introduced in the 109th Congress in 2006. Although both had strong support and advanced significantly through the committee process, Congress unfortunately recessed for the year before either bill could be passed.

    Both have been formally reintroduced, but the approval process now must begin anew. If you believe that horses are American icons who deserve a better end than ending up on dinner plates abroad, please contact your senators and representatives today and ask that they support these important bills.

    Ask your legislators to support the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.

    Ask your decision makers to support H.R. 249, legislation that would protect wild horses and burros.

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    Thanks for the info, Kerry. I have contacted my representative by email, and urge everyone to do so. It only took about ten minutes.



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