June 14th, 2011

Gleann, Grainne

Horse slaughter issues

I've been bad about posting here regarding horse issues. I was posting in so many places then a friend started a blog Our Stories Are Written in the Language of Equus and it seemed a concise place for us to address things. But even with three of us on it, we've sort of not been. And things have been busy. I won't rehash. I find it all overwhelming. I think most of you know this is a very emotional and personal issue for me, having lost horses to slaughter (owned by someone else but I was trying to buy). My last horse Saoradh had, I know now, been heading there but they really don't tend to take elderly horses, they want the young and healthy, and he was freeze marked. Saorsa WAS heading there, if she hadn't been won in auction by the rescue....thousands of others from that one auction went still. I live near the Canadian border, in constant fear of horse theft which is profitable where slaughter is an option.

A few years ago legislation banned USDA inspectors from being funded to inspect horse slaughter plants and the two states, Texas and Illinois which had horse slaughter plants voted to ban them. There is no horse slaughter being done legally in the US. US horses are, however, being transported to Canada and Mexico.

There are two things on the table right NOW. One apparently being voted on on Wednesday June 15 in the House. This one is Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) attempt to remove the language barring funding for federal inspection of horse slaugther. There are other Representtives standing against this, such as Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) as you can see in US should get out of the horse meat business. Please let YOUR Representative know TODAY that you do not want horse slaughter back in the US!

The other is more positive Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have just introduced S. 1176, the "American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011" which should put an end to this once and for all! We so need this! Please ask your Senator to co-sponsor and to vote for this when it comes through. When you talk to your Rep. about Lummis's attempt, please mention that when this comes to the House you want them to support it!

If you don't have them on speed dial already or you want to see how they are voting on similar things, don't forget the Compassion Index.

As you can see if you go to the horse blog at the top of this, NH itself has a bill just be signedin that includes horses as food animals! This horrifyingly slipped pass all activists here...it slipped past the SPONSORS of the bill. That language will be removed next year, but this shows how nasty and underhanded the horse killers are AND that we need a bill banning this once and for all! Please help to make this STOP!