Horse on the Hill: May 13, 2008


As members of the Fund for Horses already know from correspondence they have received in the past few weeks, our advisors in Washington DC have recommended we make one last big push to get HR 503 and S 311 passed into law.

HR 503 and S 311 are companion bills in the U.S. House and Senate, respectively, that amends the Horse Protection Act to ban horse slaughter and export for slaughter.

With our horses being sent across our borders to Canada and Mexico for slaughter for human consumption, and the opening of new horse slaughter plants in the U.S. a constant threat, this legislation is a great opportunity to end this grisly practice.

As you will see from a related article this week, the cattle industry are certainly not letting up on their efforts to defeat this legislation. What are you willing to do to stop them?

The major obstacle in getting this legislation through is HR 503 is being held up in two committees. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi can release it and get it to the floor for a vote, but she must hear from horse lovers far and wide in an absolute tidal wave of support.

We therefore ask you to contact Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi asking her to use her power to see that HR 503 gets the vote it deserves.

Let her know HR 503 now has over 200 co-sponsors, and ask her to see that the will of the people is done.

Next week we will be having a phone in day to all of our U.S. Representatives.

If we can get HR 503 passed in the House, we will get the support we need to do the same in the Senate. Nothing breeds success like success.

Contact information for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is:

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
United States House of Representatives
235 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0508
DC Phone: 202-225-4965
DC Fax: 202-225-4188

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Update: All email boxes are full and messages being returned.
Please use Madam Speaker’s webmail until further notice at

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Thank you everyone and keep up the great work!

Most effective:

1. Hand write a one page letter (black ink please) and fax it. If your longhand is not attractive, then print!

Second most effective:

2. Telephone. Write down what you want to say so that when you call you are prepared and composed. End with your name and address, and ask the person you speak with to repeat what you have said.


3. Email.

Are you willing to take 15 or 20 minutes to do one of these? The hopes of thousands of terrified horses on their way to slaughter rests on what you decide to do.

No need to wait. You can help right now!

You can help right now, no matter what time it is. Leave a clear, concise phone message. Send a fax. Send an email.

Be sure to reference HR 503 when contacting Madame Speaker!

4. Spread the Word.

Alert everyone you know and ask them to help too. Imagine the power if everyone who receives this takes action and gets 10 of their friends to do the same.

Thanks, everyone.

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Related Resources

: U.S. Representatives Directory

: Co-Sponsors of HR 503

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