Congressional Committee Stops the Return of Horse Slaughter to the U.S....For Now

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Congressional Committee Stops the Return of Horse Slaughter to the U.S....For Now

[Ed. Note: Watch Horse Slaughterhouse. This was a victory, but not a landslide: 24 to 21. Thanks to all who called, faxed or wrote to committee members. It made a difference!]

From Int'l. Fund for Horses, June 2, 2011

Thank you Rep. Moran. To everyone who took part, through phone calls, faxes and prayers, thank you on behalf of the horses who have been spared from this nightmare ending on U.S. soil.

We must now remain vigilant that the measure remains intact through the full vote of the House on the entire Appropriations bill.

During the 109th Congress, sponsors of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503/S. 311) successfully sought enactment of a rider in Appropriations Acts (budget bills) to deny federal funding for USDA inspections of horse slaughtering operations under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. ยงยง 601 et seq.). Such inspections are required for the marketing of horse meat for human consumption.

Subsequent Appropriations Acts have included this language, until now.

The Agriculture Budget Bill, currently being considered in Subcommittee in the 112th Congress, as is, omits the measure, paving the way the return of horse slaughter to U.S. soil.

MORAN AMENDMENT

Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) offered an amendment to continue denying funding for the USDA inspections required to market horse meat.

The Appropriations bill and the Moran Amendment was voted on by the House Appropriations Committee today, and passed by a margin of 24-21 on May 31, 2011.

Initially the Nays called it, but a Roll Call was requested, and the amendment clearly had the Yeahs to pass it.

This demonstrates that a majority are opposed to horse slaughter, and those who expressed their voices were heard today in Washington.

Thank you Rep. Moran. To everyone who took part, through phone calls, faxes and prayers, thank you on behalf of the horses who have been spared from this nightmare ending on U.S. soil.

We must now remain vigilant that the measure remains intact through the full vote of the House on the entire Appropriations bill.