ATTENTION ALL ANIMAL LOVERS
CONGRESS TO ALLOW SALE OF HORSES THAT CAN BE SLAUGHTERED FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION
Contact Your Representatives to Express Your Outrage
Shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday, the ASPCA Government Affairs and Public Policy Department learned of a provision included in the Consolidated Appropriations bill pending in Congress, which would permit the sale, and ultimate, slaughter of wild free-roaming horses and burros. This provision was quietly added as a “rider” to this comprehensive budget bill at the last moment. It is sponsored by U.S. Senator Conrad Burns of Montana and is being referred to as the “Burns amendment.” While it is unlikely that it will be deleted from the appropriations bill prior to passage, we must let the members of Congress know how opposed we are to this amendment. Please click here to view a sample letter, which the ASPCA will send immediately on your behalf.
As you may know, the ASPCA has been actively supporting the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 857, S. 2352), which would prohibit the slaughter or sale of horses, whether wild or domestic, for human consumption (see ASPCA Advocacy Center at www.aspca.org for information and sample letters to send to your federal representatives). This legislation would stop the rounding up and transport of horses, many of which were once someone’s companion animal, to one of three horse slaughterhouses to meet an often brutal death. These bills have widespread bi-partisan support in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. The ASPCA will continue to work hard to get this legislation passed during the next session of Congress and to repeal the effect of the Burn’s amendment.
Thank you again for your continued support and invaluable assistance in our work to make the world a better place for animals.
Lisa Weisberg, Esq.
Senior Vice President
Government Affairs and Public Policy