I need you to make a phone call today to your U.S. Representative in Washington, D.C. Please call the Congressional switchboard at 202-225-3121 and urge your Member of Congress to vote “NO” on any amendments that would promote horse slaughter for human consumption. Specifically, you can say you oppose the “Mullin” amendments and any others to open up horse slaughter plants.
Recently, I reported that the House and Senate Appropriations committees included a provision defunding horse slaughter on U.S. soil in their pending FY15 Agriculture Appropriations bills. This is the same provision that Congress enacted as part of its final FY14 Omnibus Appropriations bill.
The horse slaughter industry is a predatory, inhumane enterprise. It doesn’t “euthanize” old horses, but precisely the opposite: “killer buyers” purchase young and healthy horses, often by misrepresenting their intentions, and kill them to sell the meat to Europe and Japan. Americans do not consume horse meat, and our nation’s limited agency resources and inspectors should not be diverted from the important current duties of protecting the food supply for U.S. consumers.
The votes are expected early this afternoon. Please call right away and please spread the word to other animal-friendly advocates throughout the nation. The vote is expected to be close, so your involvement is especially important and critical.
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