By VIVIAN GRANT
FEDERAL BILLS BANNING HORSE SLAUGHTER AND EXPORT FOR SLAUGHTER
H. R. 503
As of this writing, the House bill has 188 co-sponsors.
We are delighted to see that Rep. Gene Green (D-TX-29) has signed on to this bill. Rep. Green has been a longstanding supporter of any legislation banning horse slaughter, and can be counted on to vote yes on it.
The Senate version of the bill has 36 co-sponsors.
Of note is the co-sponsorship of U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY). He signed on in support of this bill on November 2, 2007.
Sen. Schumer is a powerful force on the Hill as a member of the Democratic Leadership team. He is active on several high profile committees, and we are grateful to have Sen. Schumer on our team.
If you are from the state of New York, please send him a note of thanks:
313 Hart Senate Building
Washington DC 20510
Fax No: 202 228 0420
The AVMA, whose leadership lobbied against previous legislation banning horse slaughter both at the state and federal levels, are not resting their efforts. They have employed the services of a lobbying firm in Washington D.C. at considerable expense to work against the passage of H. R. 503/S. 311.
Insiders tell us the AVMA arguing that horse slaughter across our borders is inhumane in comparison to how it was conducted in the United States, and are therefore asking members of Congress not to pass H.R. 503/S. 311 because (1) experienced corporate owners should be allowed to slaughter our horses here according to our standards; (2) re-opening of old and the reintroduction of new plants will mean our horses will not be transported hundreds of extra miles where they suffer a worse fate; (3) the shutting of existing plants has proven burdensome to horse owners who want to dispose of their horses via this method. Their lobbyists are even suggesting that the recent double decker tragedy in Illinois would not have happened if horse slaughter was still being conducted in that state.