Georgia on our minds

Gorgeous Yearlings. By Frank Sorge/Arnd.nL.
Gorgeous Georgia Yearlings. By Frank Sorge/Arnd.nL.

Greetings and welcome! This is just for you Georgians.

However, if you don’t live in Georgia, you don’t need to wait until we call your State to take part. Please scroll down to the Take Action section.

Georgians, the horses need more cosponsors from your State than just one, and possibly two.

GEORGIA COSPONSORS

Here’s the drill on the last three federal horse slaughter bills to the one pending now in the 116th Congress, including cosponsors.

113th Congress (2013-14)

H.R.1094 — Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013
183 Cosponsors
Introduced by Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA-7)

— Cosponsors from Georgia
• Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. [D-GA-4]
• Rep. John Lewis [D-GA-5]

114th Congress — (2015-2016)

H.R.1942 — Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2015
Introduced by Rep. Frank C. Guinta [R-NH-1]
199 Cosponsors

— Cosponsors from Georgia
• Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. [D-GA-4]
• Rep. John Lewis [D-GA-5]

115th Congress — (2017-2018)

H.R.113 — Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2017
Introduced by Rep. Vern Buchanan [R-FL-16]
218 Cosponsors

— Cosponsors from Georgia
• Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. [D-GA-4]
• Rep. Sandford D. Bishop, Jr. [D-GA-2]

116th Congress — (2019-2020)

H.R.961 — Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2019
Introduced by Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky (D-IL-9)
151 Cosponsors (as of 6/17/2019)

— Cosponsors from Georgia
• Rep. Sandford D. Bishop, Jr. [D-GA-2], April 12, 2019

GEORGIA ON OUR MINDS

We’re trying to figure out why out of 14 Districts in the State of Georgia there are only at the most two cosponsors.

This is a bipartisan issue. Always has been. In other words, it is not a Democratic or Republican cause. Two of the most recent SAFE Acts were introduced by Republicans.

HORSES IN GEORGIA

The horse is important to the State of Georgia, and contributes much to the economy. The University of Georgia reports:

The Georgia equine industry is a healthy and growing segment of the state’s economy. There are more than 74,000 horses in Georgia today, and the breeding and care of these horses has an economic impact of more than $750 million dollars each year. UGA Extension provides resources to help further Georgia’s growing reputation in horse production.

While Georgia isn’t one of the top ten horse producing states in terms of sheer numbers, the quality of Georgia’s horses and horse facilities has received national recognition. Over the years, many well-established trainers have moved their operations to Georgia, taking advantage of the temperate climate.

The most common breeds include Quarter Horses, Tennessee Walkers, Paints, American Saddles and Appaloosas.

One would think that the good people of Georgia would certainly want to protect such a precious asset as the horse, and do right by them morally and physically.

The clue may be in the breeds of horses in Georgia.

Both the American Quarter Horse and the Tennessee Walking Horse are highly popular in Georgia, and typically speaking, their breeders do not generally cast a friendly eye toward the banning of horse slaughter.

However, there is also a hugely serious human element that goes beyond protecting the horses, and a highly moral one. And that is . . .

The drugs American horses are routinely given throughout their lives bar their meat from entering the human food chain, containing known, proven carcinogens deadly to human human health.

TAKE ACTION

If you are a Georgia resident, please contact your U.S. Representative. It will only take about 10 minutes. Really!

Check out our ‘get the job done in a few quick, easy steps you can do online any time day or night’ guide »

If you need to find the instruction page again, it’s the first item in the drop down box, upper right hand corner, under Action for Horses™ here on Tuesday’s Horse.

URGENT

We need 290 cosponsors to bypass the Committees this bill is in. Every single cosponsor is highly valuable.

So let’s go get us some cosponsors for H.R. 961 and our horses.

Next up, Illinois.

Thank you!

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