Support HR 503 and S 727, Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009

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Originally Posted: 2 August 2009

Support HR 503 and S 727, Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009

From National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS)

Tell your Representatives to Support HR 503 and S 727, Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009, to prohibit the sale or transportation or other conduct that would permit the use of horses for human consumption. This Bill is currently stalled in Committee.


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This bill would prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption.

While a ban of the slaughter of horses, and their transportation across the borders for slaughter in Canada and Mexico, has considerable support in the House and Senate, past efforts to pass this ban have been held up in House and Senate committees. There are no operating slaughterhouses in the U.S. that kill and process horse meat for human consumption, but thousands of horses are trucked out of the country for slaughter.

It is a cruel and callous practice that perpetuates unrestricted breeding because money can be made off of “surplus” animals, especially those by-products of the hormone replacement industry from pregnant mares used in the manufacturing of Premarin and Prempro.

It may be helpful to consider these facts:

Horses are legally defined as “companion animals” in many states;
Most horses are bought at auction for the slaughterhouse and it is impossible to evaluate individual animals to know whether they have been given drugs unsuitable for human consumption, including deworming medication and hormones in large quantities.

According to state and national polls (as reported by Equine Advocates), between 81 and 93 percent of Americans oppose the slaughter of horses for food.

The horses used to produce hormone replacement drugs for millions of women each year produce unwanted foals as a “byproduct” that must be disposed of to protect profits.

Contact your U.S. Representative and your U.S. Senators and ask them to give support to HR 503 and S 727 respectively. Ask that they support a permanent ban on killing horses for food in this country and transporting them out of the country for the same purpose. Let them know that horses are companion animals and shouldn’t be sent to slaughter and exported to provide food for human consumption.

FYI: Six states have already passed resolutions opposing any ban on horse slaughter, while seven others have similar bills under consideration.

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