Save horses from slaughter!
Tomorrow (Thursday 7/20) the Senate Appropriations Committee will vote on whether to allow your tax dollars to fund the slaughter of horses for human consumption. If language to defund horse slaughter inspections is not included in the Agriculture Appropriations bill, taxpayer dollars will soon pay for the inspection of horse slaughter plants, which would allow these plants to open in the U.S.
Because the vote on defunding was lost by two votes in the House Appropriations Committee last week, the Senate vote is critical!
Chris Van Hollen is on the Senate committee, so please contact him TODAY & urge his support for the defund amendment.
1. Contact Senator Van Hollen:
(202) 224-4654 (DC office)
(301) 545-1500 (Rockville)
(667) 212-4610 (Baltimore)
(301) 797-2826 (Hagerstown)
(410) 263-1325 (Annapolis)
Sample script (Reword in your own words):
"As your constituent, I ask you to please vote 'yes' on an amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations bill to keep horse slaughter plants out of the U.S. This amendment would protect horses and prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to reopen domestic horse slaughter plants."
If you leave a message, please give your name, town & phone number to ensure that your call is counted.
After your call, you can send a follow up message to Senator Van Hollen through the Humane Society of the United States, if you wish:
2. If your Congressman is Andy Harris, let him know that you are disappointed and disgusted by his vote last week on the House Appropriations Committee to give the green light for the reopening of horse slaughter plants on U.S. soil.
Contact Representative Andy Harris:
202-225-5311 (DC office)
410-588-5670 (Bel Air)
410-643-5425 (Kent Island)
HORSE SLAUGHTER FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION IS CRUEL & DANGEROUS
When horse slaughter plants previously operated in the U.S., the USDA documented rampant cruelty violations and severe injuries to horses in the slaughter pipeline, including broken bones, horrific wounds, and eyeballs hanging from their eye sockets. Horses were still transported long distances to slaughter plants, and tens of thousands were still exported to Mexico and Canada for slaughter.
Not only is slaughter immensely cruel, but U.S. horses are not raised for food, and over the course of their lives they are given a wide variety of drugs and veterinary treatments that make their meat unfit for human consumption.
Horses have stood by us as our loyal companions throughout history -- we owe it to them to protect them from abuse.
(Text for this CTA sourced from the Humane Society of the United States - Maryland and the Humane Society Legislative Fund.)