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From 22 May 2005 Issue

Horses Rock! End Slaughter

According to USDA statistics, more than 66,000 horses were slaughtered in 2004 for human consumption overseas. A further 20,000 were exported for slaughter to Mexico and Canada.

Federal legislation to ban horse slaughter and the export of live horses for slaughter failed in the House last year when it was killed by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture although the bill had a clear majority of the House with 228 co-sponsors.

An amendment to the American Horse Protection Act, H.R. 503, was introduced when Congress reconvened earlier this year, which if successful will accomplish what the previous bill set out to do - ban the slaughter of our horses. It currently has 92 co-sponsors. A Senate version of the bill is shortly to be introduced.

Although the horse-loving community and horse industry members are all too aware of this brutal industry, it has largely escaped the attention of the general public.

There are currently three horse slaughter plants in the United States, two in Texas and one in Illinois. In order for us to shut their doors, it will take pressure from the American public on their legislators to accomplish this.

We invite you to please get involved. Join our Horses Rock! End Slaughter campaign today.

Write to your U.S. Congressmen and ask them to support H.R. 503. Help spread the word by wearing tanks and tees from our beautiful and exclusive line of apparel. You can shop for them securely online at www.cafepress.com/fund4horses

All proceeds from your purchase will go to raise awareness and support this legislation, critical to the protection of our horses from a cruel and terrifying death in a slaughterhouse.

For further information on how you can help, please visit us at www.fund4horses.org

Pamela Bertsch
Project Co-Ordinator
The Fund for Horses

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