House Appropriations Cmte votes against continued defunding of horse meat inspections

Fund Horse, US Flag and Capitol Dome. Vivian Grant Farrell.
Fund Horse, US Flag and Capitol Dome. Vivian Grant Farrell.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Although our staff and volunteers have been on vacation, our lobbyists in Washington, D.C. have not been. Far from it.

Our expert team have been hard at it. They are determined get the victory and battling hard on behalf of America’s horses in the nation’s capitol. And they have all the necessary tools to get this victory. Support them by making sure your lawmakers are hearing from you.

There is nothing so defeating to a lobbyist than to go into an office only to have the lawmaker or a staff member say they have not heard much from their constituents on the issue.

Thanks to you and your hard work that has not happened once over the past few weeks. So please do not be discouraged by the results you are hearing. We are in the early stages. This battle is far from over. We were expecting it to be very tough, and why we started so early in asking you to call, call, call.

Horse Meat Inspection Defunding

In a very close vote, the defunding of USDA inspections necessary to export horse meat for the next fiscal year was defeated by a margin of 27-25.

Here are the lawmakers who voted to KEEP the defunding provision that keeps horse slaughter from operating on U.S. soil:

Voting Yes to Continue Defunding: Pete Aguilar, D-CA; Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., D-GA; Matt Cartwright, D-PA; Katherine M. Clark, D-MA; Rosa L. DeLauro, D-CT; Charles W. Dent, R-PA; David P. Joyce, R-OH; Marcy Kaptur, D-OH; Derek Kilmer, D-WA; Barbara Lee, D-CA; Nita M. Lowey, D-NY; Grace Meng, D-NY; Betty McCollum, D-MN; Chellie Pingree, D-ME; Mark Pocan, D-WI; David E. Price, D-NC; Mike Quigley, D-IL; Thomas J. Rooney, R-FL; Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-CA; C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-MD; Tim Ryan, D-OH; José E. Serrano, D-NY; Peter J. Visclosky, D-IN; Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-FL; Kevin Yoder, R-KS.

Here are the lawmakers who voted to REMOVE the defunding provision which would allow horse slaughter to return U.S. soil:

Voting No Against Continued Defunding:  Robert B. Aderholt, R-AL; Mark E. Amodei, R-NV; Ken Calvert, R-CA; John R. Carter, R-TX; Tom Cole, R-OK; Henry Cuellar, R-TX; John Abney Culberson, R-TX; Mario Diaz-Balart, R-FL; Charles J. Fleischmann, R-TN; Jeff Fortenberry, R-NE; Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, R-NJ; Kay Granger, R-TX; Tom Graves, R-GA; Andy Harris, R-MD; Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-WA; Evan H. Jenkins, R-WV; John R. Moolenaar, R-MI; Dan Newhouse, R-WA; Steven Palazzo, R-MI; Martha Roby, R-AL; Harold Rogers, R-KY; Michael K. Simpson, R-ID; Chris Stewart, R-UT; Scott Taylor, R-VA; David G. Valadao, R-CA; Steve Womack, R-AK; David Young, R-IA.

Horse slaughter has historically been a bipartisan issue.

Do any of the lawmakers voting NO represent you?  If so, remember them. Do not return them to office. Vote them OUT and replace them with someone who will represent your voice.

What’s Next?

Next, this Bill must make it through a vote in the full U.S. House of Representatives before moving on to the Senate. Keep calling — not just the U.S. House, but also the U.S. Senate. Whether or not your lawmakers are on one of these Committees, they will eventually be asked to vote on this measure.


Call your Members of Congress:

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Call the President

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  1. Don’t call “off the cuff”. Write something up and rehearse it a bit until you feel confident. Be sure to make the purpose of your call very clear, and what you want them to do. Relax and make the call.
  2. Give them your name and address (so they can identify you as a constituent or your call won’t count), your phone number and email address (especially if you want a response).
  3. To make sure they took your information down correctly, politely say, “Would you please read it back to me? This is such an important call for me.”
  4. Speak from the heart. Tell them why this is issue is so important and what you want your lawmaker to do.
  5. If you want a reply to your call, you must ask them for one. Otherwise they are not obligated. You might say something like, “Please have [insert name of lawmaker] reply by email telling me what action [he/she] will be taking on this issue”.

Called them already? Call them again. Remind them where you stand. Tell them you are disappointed how this vote went and to make sure they vote to include the defunding of USDA inspections necessary to export horse meat in the Appropriations Bill.


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Other Issues

There are many bills pending before Congress that impacts horses and we are working on all of them.

The other issue besides horse slaughter that is weighing heavily on all of our minds is the planned destruction of wild horses and burros in the grip of the Interior Department. This is also part of an Appropriations bill, and has a long way to go as well. We must be active every step of the way.

This is a developing story. We will be back soon to update you.

Thank you everyone.

2 thoughts on “House Appropriations Cmte votes against continued defunding of horse meat inspections”

  1. sure hope President hears the cries of freedom for our wild horses and their right to run free on OUR PUBLIC LANDS. BLM needs to reaccess the numbers of wild horses in the managed areas and needs to get a hands on count to be accurate. I believe he will find the counts way above the actual number of wild horses and burro and find the the amount of wild horses and burro removed from the areas is wrong and inaccurate and that the horses in holding can be released after being treated by the PZP fertility drug, costs will be far less than holding 48,000 horses and burro and that they can be managed, not destroyed in any manner. We the people do not want our icons captured, placed in holding, or sent to slaughter. We want them to be free and remain free.


  2. Dear President Trump,
    The following was sent July 17, 2017, to the US House Appropriations committee chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen. Please consider the manipulation of public funds used to extingquish American’s Native and Cultural federally protected Heritage Herds of Wild Horses and Burros On OUR Public Lands.

    Sent to US House Appropriations Committee: Please send the Department of Interior Appropriations Bill for FY 2018 back to the committee in light of the recent disclosure that Representative Chris Stewart violated Title 18 of the US Criminal Code and provided false information in the previous hearings.
    Prior to the above circumstances, I have personally witnessed the false allegations of starvation et al: claims that extinguished an entire herd of 29 Southern Ca wild horses (extinction), and the illegal conversion of a federally “reserved” herd area to another use.
    This is far from the first time that false testimony is being used to pass a politically motivated and fatally flawed agenda. I suggest that the information provided by the DOI to support the appropriation of funds for horse slaughter has always been based on inaccurate and incomplete data.
    The decision to allow entities to adopt wild horses has and is, based on false information that there is an overpopulation, or thousands of starving horses in the wild.
    I respectfully request that Appropriations Committee consider the Data Quality Act which was enacted as Section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act of 2001 (PL 106-544, H.R. 5658.
    The amendment should therefore be repealed, and the budget for FY 18 should have none of the language of entities or agencies receiving federally protected animals until the necessary and imperative issues are addressed .i.e.Wild horse/burro populations constitute less than one percent of wildlife and livestock grazing on the public domain. It is a very small portion of the US federal government owned 640 million acres of land and about 28% of the nation’s total surface, 2.27 billion acres.
    Surely, repatriation of wild horses to sufficient habitat can be facilitated under FLPMA (Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976.) FLPMA provided for addition habitat as ACECs, which facilitates the need of special management attention. See:
    Respectfully submitted for the record,
    Kathleen Hayden


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