Urgent! There are two sets of bills pending in Washington D.C. requiring our immediate attention — all of us. They are:
(1) The anti horse slaughter bills — H.R.961 and S.2006 (SAFE Act); and
(2) The Senate version of the anti horse soring bill — S.1007 (PAST Act). Note: the House passed their version of this bill 333-96.
H.R.961 The SAFE Act
(1) A minimum of 290 cosponsors in the House for H.R.961. 300+ would be even better! Lawmakers are always trading votes. Let’s make sure we have more than enough.
290 is the magic number of cosponsors we need to take advantage of the Consensus Calendar rule which will allow a Bill to bypass Committee and go straight to the House floor for debate and vote (just like the horse soring bill did!).
It is critical that we do everything we can to get those 290 cosponsors on the horse slaughter bill.
We may never have a better chance than what we have before us right now to outlaw horse slaughter.
(2) 60+ cosponsors in the Senate for its companion bill, for S.2006.
Why should we — and our federal legislators — support these bills? Here are some talking points to help you put together what you would like to say.
When calling, remember to refer to bills by their alpha numeric title.
Tens of thousands of American horses are shipped each year to Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered for human consumption — a practice that 80% of American voters oppose.
American horses are not raised for food and routinely given a wide range of medications that are expressly prohibited for use in meat products.
Phenylbutazone (commonly known as “bute”) is a painkiller used legally by more than 85% of US horse owners to treat everyday soreness and inflammation, is banned completely in food-producing animals.
Even so, the problem of horses and burros being butchered for human consumption persists because “kill-buyers” can legally purchase horses at auctions or from unsuspecting owners in order to transport them to slaughterhouses across US borders.
Horse slaughter being a predatory business, various regulatory agency ID documentation systems for slaughterbound horses, including “passports” showing a horse’s origin and medical history, have all miserably failed.
The problem of tens of thousands of American horses being shipped to slaughter across our borders has persisted for far too long, despite overwhelming public opposition to this practice.
The negative food safety and animal welfare concerns associated with the horse slaughter industry are simply too great to continue to ignore.
The US has a moral obligation to outlaw the slaughter of horses for human consumption and prevent unsafe horse meat from entering the human food chain.
S.1007 The PAST Act
The Goal: 60+ Cosponsors in the U.S. Senate
Horse soring still runs rampant even though laws have been on the books banning this cruel practice for decades.
The U.S. House version of this bill has already passed: 333-96.
The Senate version of the bill — S.1007 — will likewise strengthen and improve current regulations by allowing the USDA to step in since self-policing has flat out not worked over the last 20 years.
S.1007 is an easy, bipartisan solution that every Member of Congress should be able to get behind.
The PAST Act is supported by the American Horse Council, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, United States Equestrian Federation, National Sheriff’s Association, and the veterinary medical associations from all 50 States.
Remember. Legislation to outlaw horse slaughter and horse soring have always had bipartisan support. Do not hesitate to contact your lawmakers because of their party affiliation. Thank you!
The most effective way to contact Congress is by telephone. Please call your Representative and both Senators and ask them to cosponsor and make a commitment to vote YES for these bills.
The Capitol Hill Switchboard number is (202) 224-3121.
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