Horse Slaughter & Horse Soring
Urgent! There are two federal bills pending in Washington D.C. requiring immediate attention. They are:
(1) The anti horse slaughter bills — H.R.961 and S.2006 (SAFE Act); and
(2) the Senate version of the anti horse soring bill — S.1007 (PAST Act). Note: the House has already passed this bill 333-96.
(1) A minimum of 290 cosponsors in the House for H.R.961 (SAFE Act).
290 is the magic number of cosponsors we need to take advantage of the Consensus Calendar rule which will allow a Bill to bypass Committee and go straight to the House floor for debate and vote.
It is critical that we do everything we can to get those 290 cosponsors on the horse slaughter bill, and quickly. We may never have a better chance than the one we have right now.
(2) 60+ cosponsors in the Senate for both S.2006 (SAFE Act) and S.1007 (PAST Act).
Will you help? Take action by phone, or online. It’s all laid out for you below including talking points.
Generally speaking, the most effective way to contact Congress is by telephone.
The Capitol Hill Switchboard number is (202) 224-3121.
Not sure who to call? Find who represents you at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members.
If you have no interest in phoning, scroll down to “Not Crazy About Phoning?” on how to take action online that’s fast and guaranteed.
The Bills + Talking Points
Why should our federal legislators cosponsor and vote for these bills? Here are some talking points to help you put together what you would like to say. When calling, remember to refer to bills by their alpha-numeric title.
Horse Slaughter — H.R.961 & S. 2006 (SAFE Act)
Tens of thousands of American horses are shipped each year to Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered for human consumption — a practice that 80% of American voters oppose.
American horses are not raised for food and routinely given a wide range of medications that are expressly prohibited for use in meat products.
Phenylbutazone (commonly known as “bute”) is a painkiller used legally by more than 85% of US horse owners to treat everyday soreness and inflammation, is banned completely in food-producing animals.
Even so, the problem of horses and burros being butchered for human consumption persists because “kill-buyers” can legally purchase horses at auctions or from unsuspecting owners in order to transport them to slaughterhouses across US borders.
Horse slaughter being a predatory business, various regulatory agency ID documentation systems for slaughterbound horses, including “passports” showing a horse’s origin and medical history, have all miserably failed.
The problem of tens of thousands of American horses being shipped to slaughter across our borders has persisted for far too long, despite overwhelming public opposition to this practice.
The negative food safety and animal welfare concerns associated with the horse slaughter industry are simply too great to continue to ignore.
The US has a moral obligation to outlaw the slaughter of horses for human consumption and prevent unsafe horse meat from entering the human food chain.
Horse Soring — S.1007 (PAST Act)
Horse soring still runs rampant even though laws have been on the books banning this cruel practice for decades.
S.1007 will strengthen and improve current regulations by allowing the USDA to step in since self-policing has flat out not worked over the last 20 years.
It’s companion bill passed the House overwhelmingly by a vote of 333-96.
The PAST Act is an easy, bipartisan solution that every Member of Congress should be able to get behind.
The PAST Act is supported by the American Horse Council, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, United States Equestrian Federation, National Sheriff’s Association, and the veterinary medical associations from all 50 States.
Not Crazy About Phoning?
No worries. We’ve got you covered. Or should we say, POPVOX does. POPVOX connects advocacy groups and the public to Congress.
POPVOX will deliver your message directly to your lawmakers. Guaranteed. All you need is to sign up with an email and password, and you can immediately start weighing in on legislation important to you. No need to keep finding your legislators. You will have that information always at your fingertips with POPVOX.
What you have to say not only goes on record with your legislators but can also be viewed by others interested in the same bills you support or oppose. POPVOX helps you keep track of the bills you are for and against. You can follow your bills’ progress, and get updates.
We contacted POPVOX co-founder, Rachna Choudry, asking for her input too.
When advocates ask me about what’s the most effective way to communicate with your lawmakers, I say in-person is the best, and then a call or POPVOX. The key is sharing a personal story about why the issue is important to you or your community. It’s easy to do that in-person, of course, but sometimes it’s more challenging on the phone.
Unlike a petition site, POPVOX allows you to write a personal letter to your lawmaker about a specific issue — but enables you to share that letter with others to inspire further action. It’s a record of your engagement on the issue, and you can then link to it with your friends or on social media.
POPVOX is also integrated with the House Democrats’ intranet system, DemCom, so not only does your letter get delivered to the appropriate Congressional office, but it is also available for staffers to read in their intranet system. (We don’t have that integration with the House Republicans because they don’t have a similar system.)
How about that?
So don’t delay. Contact your Representative to cosponsor H.R.961, the SAFE Act, and both your Senators to cosponsor (1) S.2006, the SAFE Act plus (2) S.1007, the PAST Act. Get on your phone and call or weigh in on these urgent horse protection bills via POPVOX.
And yes you can call about both bills in a single call. You don’t need to make individual phone calls for them.
If you are looking for talking points, check out The Horse Fund’s Stakeholders’ page at https://www.popvox.com/stakeholders/horsefund.
Thank you everyone.
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