While our bills are dying in committees, our horses are dying in slaughterhouses.
Here is a quick look at the bills filed in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2001 banning horse slaughter and the resulting outcome. They all “Died in Committee” bar one.
|2001-2002||107th||HR 2622 (1st Session); HR 3781 (2nd Session)||1st Session 8; 2nd Session 65||Died in Committee.|
|2003-2004||108th||HR 857||228||Died in Committee.|
|2005-2006||109th||HR 503||203||Debated, voted on in the House, Sept 7, 2006. Passed House without Amendment 263-146. Certified; reported to Senate. Failed to reach Senate Floor for a vote.|
|2007-2008||110th (2nd Session)||HR 6598||124||Died in Committee.|
|2009-2010||111th||HR 503||190||Died in Committee.|
|2011-2012||112th||HR 2966||165||Died in Committee.|
|2013-2014||113th||HR 1094||183||Died in Committee.|
|2015-2016||114th||1942||199||Died in Committee.|
|2017-2018||115th||113||218||Died in Committee.|
|2019-2020||116th||961||145 (as of 5/19/19)||Pending. Referred to the Energy & Commerce and Agriculture Committees. Referred to the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture.|
We cannot end the slaughter of U.S. horses by simply pursuing it at the federal level only.
After numerous meetings, investigative and exploratory work, we have reached the conclusion we must close U.S. borders regarding slaughter bound horses at the State level.
We will also no longer have to hold our breath year after to year to see if funding for USDA horse slaughter inspections will be denied.
We are highly encouraged that we can do this. As a matter of fact we have already started the process and are fully committed.
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What about HR 961?
In the meantime, we MUST stay committed to accumulating cosponsors for HR 961 — the Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2019.
Does that sound contradictory? It isn’t.
The number of cosponsors a bill has greatly influences the support we can generate when it comes time to continue denying spending related to horse slaughter inspections necessary for the export of the meat.
If a bill passes the House by simple majority (218 of 435), the bill moves to the Senate. So achieving 218 cosponsors shows that a majority of the House is in favor of the bill. Similarly, in the Senate 51 constitutes a majority. The President has 10 days to sign or veto the enrolled bill.
For a detailed look at both State and Federal activities on horse slaughter, please see The Horse Fund’s Horse Slaughter Legislative Timeline spanning 1998 to present.
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