I ask you to please contact your state senator if s/he is on the Senate Appropriations Committee, and ask him/her to vote “YES” for the amendment to defund the opening and inspection of horse slaughter plants on U.S. soil. I’ve researched the pros and cons for horse slaughter, and I recommend against it. In the past, I thought horse slaughter was a humane way of managing the huge number of neglected and abused horses in the U.S., but I was wrong. Horse slaughter only encourages breeders to produce more horses, creating even more cases of neglect and abuse, justifying offshoot industries that would do the same. We need to discourage indiscriminate breeding that would produce throw-away horses and destroy bloodlines. Breeders and all horse owners are responsible for the humane treatment and euthanasia of their animals, not taxpayers. And that is what would happen if we ignore this vote. Every US taxpayer would be condoning and supporting horse slaughter if we fund horse slaughterhouse inspections.
The amendment It is expected to be up for a vote with the Senate Appropriations Committee in May, so quick action is necessary; please contact your senator now.
Meanwhile, we need to ensure a complete ban on domestic horse slaughter and the export of their meat to other countries to safeguard the future of our pets and our food sources. Please call or email your Senators and Representatives and ask them to cosponsor the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, H.R. 1942/S.1214. You can find additional details on the SAFE Act here.
Senate Appropriations Committee members are from these states:
17. New Hampshire
18. New Mexico
19. North Dakota
22. Rhode Island
23. South Carolina
27. West Virginia