“Bill could end cruel slaughter of horses” says the title of a letter to the Editor to “The Columbus Dispatch”
Written by PEGGY KAPLAN, it reads:
Their names were Blondie and Anna. Both quarter horses, one a palomino and one jet black. They were champion barrel racers from Utah in their day, before retiring with their owner just outside of Columbus.
When the owner got Alzheimer’s, her adult children found a farmer who said he would find them good homes. Anna was 20 years old and Blondie 19. Both horses had such a bond that they never left each other’s side, even though Anna was so crippled she could barely walk. Blondie would put her head on Anna’s back as Anna lay on the ground.
Instead of finding them homes, he prepared to send them to slaughter, knowing he could make some money from them.
Because Anna could never make the crowded trailer ride to Sugar Creek Auction, I bought her from the farmer, paid a veterinarian to humanely euthanize her and had her cremated. Such a sad ending, but at least her life didn’t end in agony and terror on the brutal and cruel slaughterhouse floor.
It is time for this grisly industry to be shut down for good.
We should all contact our U.S. senators and representatives to urge them to co-sponsor the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 1904/S 541), which will end cruel slaughter of America’s horses, as well as their export for slaughter abroad.
Yes, we had some good news last week at the State level when New Mexico denied the wastewater permit necessary to start slaughtering horses at Valley Meat Co. of Roswell.
But there was also bad news. A handful of Utah lawmakers decided that the State’s “ranches and ranges are riddled with too many worthless horses . . . that has them considering whether slaughterhouses would help solve what has become a ‘soft market in hard economic times,’ . . .”
In the meantime, there are reportedly [now] three States primed to start slaughtering horses just three days following an August 2, 2013 hearing.
The judge will decide whether to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent plants from opening.
The bid for the restraining order has been filed by the Humane Society of the United States, Front Range Equine Rescue, the Marin Humane Society, the Horses for Life Foundation, Return to Freedom, and five private individuals.
They are suing the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the National Environmental Protection Act, alleging the agency failed to conduct the necessary environmental review before authorizing horse slaughterhouses to operate.
None of these State battles would be taking place if Congress had followed the will of the people instead of sponsored lobbyists and outlawing horse slaughter and export for slaughter.
The defunding of horse meat inspections is a yearly “fix” and must be renewed by Congress annually. We see when paid politicians take a knife to it, how easy it is to cut it out of the Ag Department’s budget bill. The defunding effort, while we are grateful for it, has a major loophole. It does not bar horses from being exported for slaughter. The SAFE Act — like similar federal legislation before it — closes this deadly loophole.
We ask you, right here, right now, to show your commitment to the end of the slaughter of U.S. horses and support the SAFE Act. If you truly love horses and hate their slaughter, you will not hesitate to take a few minutes of your time to do this.
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