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Horse Slaughter in America, the Current status and the facts you need to know.
FEDERAL LEGISLATION Introduced for the 113th Congress
(2013 - 2014)
H.R.1094 -- Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013
To prohibit the sale or transport of equines and equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for human consumption.
S.B.541-- Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013
A bill to prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States.
This bipartisan legislation, if passed will protect people and horses and it would end the possibility of U.S. horse slaughter once and for all.
In the absence of federal protection, over 100,000 American horses are shipped across federal borders to slaughter plants in Mexico and Canada each year. What most people don't realize is that 92% of the horses sent to slaughter are sound, young and healthy. These are among America’s finest and brightest horses; champion show horses, Thoroughbred racehorses, summer camp ponies and even wild horses taken from their native lands.
The resounding evidence of how we treat our horses inside the U.S. once they are designated as food animals is chilling. Inside the slaughter pipeline they are systematically beaten, dragged, whipped, crammed into double deck cattle trailers and hauled for days without food, water or rest, many are purposely blinded as a means to force them to succumb to defeat. Until a federal law is passed to ban the slaughter of America’s horses, they will continue to be shipped across federal borders for horsemeat which is sold as a delicacy overseas.
RECENT NEWS RE Horse Slaughter in the U.S.
May 22, 2014 - Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 18-12 to amend the agriculture appropriations bill and prevent the USDA from funding inspections at domestic horse processing plants through fiscal 2015.
The amendment represents a bipartisan effort to oppose U.S. horse processing. This is an issue that 80% of the American people agree on.
Jan 17 2014 -The bipartisan Consolidated Appropriations Act (aka Omnibus Bill) cleared the Senate on a 72-26 vote after gaining House approval a day earlier by a vote of 359-67. It was signed into law on January 17, 2014 by President Obama. The Act effectively prohibits the slaughter of horses inside the U.S. through the year 2014.
January 14, 2014 - The U.S. Congress reinstates the defunding language in its Consolidated Appropriations Act released late last night. The language effectively bans the slaughtering of horses by preventing the U.S. Department of Agriculture from expending funds to place inspectors in horse slaughter facilitates. USDA inspectors are required by federal law for the plants to operate in interstate commerce and effective the defunding language ensures no horse slaughter facilities can open in the United States.
The defunding language had been in effect every year since 2006, but removed in 2013. Wild for Life Foundation and the Saving America’s Horses Initiative urges Congress to pass the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, which would place a permanent federal ban on horse slaughter in the U.S. and prohibit America’s wild and domestic horses from being exported to Canada or Mexico for slaughter.
January 3, 2014 - Missouri, one of four states where horse slaughter plants were planned, is no longer on the list. On January 4, 2014, the Rains Natural Meats Company quietly filed a motion to dismiss their appeal with the Missouri Environmental Department, which had issued the Company a discharge permit that excluded equines. The move leaves only Valley Meats in New Mexico still fighting to open a plant. The battle in Missouri started in Mountain Grove in early 2012, where they they received a permit from the USDA for the required meat inspections, leading to almost constant speculation as to when the plant would open. They too have reportedly dropped their attempts in light of intense local resistance and the fact that Congress may once again defund the required inspections.
August 12, 2013 - The Iowa based processing plant is dropping its plans to slaughter horses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture had given the company approval to begin slaughtering horses, and it could have become the first facility on U.S. soil to do so since 2007. According to news reports, the Iowa plant will instead convert to a beef-only operation and seek new federal approval.
ABOUT USDA INSPECTIONS
USDA inspections must take place on site at each U.S. slaughterhouse in order for its meat product to be legally available for interstate commerce. The ban on the spending of taxpayer dollars for USDA inspections of horse slaughter, keeps foreign special interests from slaughtering our horses inside the U.S. The inclusion of the defunding language in the farm bill is therefore vital to protecting our horses from this insidious cruelty.
The Agriculture Appropriations bill comes up every year and since 2006, has included protective language to prohibit the USDA from receiving tax payer money to inspect horse slaughter plants. The protective language was quietly stripped from the annual appropriations bill in Nov 2011, by just three people; Senators Blunt, Kohl and Congressman Kingston. Had the bill been brought to the Senate for a full vote, it would have no doubt passed.
The 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill moved to the Senate in March of 2013, and did not include the defunding language.
there is no guarantee of humane treatment for any animal inside America's slaughterhouses. Yet foreign investors and special interest groups want YOUR tax dollars to re-open horse slaughter in the US and they are using every type of trickery available to mislead YOU to do it.
Numerous governmental reports and undercover investigations show that USDA inspections fail to stop insidious abuses from taking place inside US slaughterhouses. Substantial documented evidence reveals egregious violations and a total lack of enforcement by the USDA in U.S. horse slaughterhouses before they were shut down in 2007. If horse slaughter plants are reopened in the U.S., horses will undoubtedly suffer torturous agony on U.S. soil again.
See the US government in action as the truth gets burried
HOW TO HELP:
You can make a difference by urging your Representatives to support the ban of horse slaughter.
The phone number for the Capitol switchboard is (202) 224-3121 -- just ask to be connected to your state Representative's office.
You can also find the direct contact information for your state representative here>> http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Your state representatives need to hear from YOU, their constituents, to help insure that they stand strong representing your voice, your position against horse slaughter.
To voice your opposition to horse slaughter ask your representatives to support the Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013, bill numbers, SB 541 and HR 1094