Congress has begun its annual process of funding federal departments, agencies and programs, and last night two House subcommittees voted to include several crucial provisions benefiting animals in their FY2021 appropriations bills.
Two issues in particular are noteworthy. They are:
HORSE SORING. The Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee bill increases funding to enforce the Horse Protection Act from the current $1 million in FY2020 to $2 million in FY2021.
WE SAY: Not sure how throwing another million dollars at the horse soring issue is going to produce anything good for the horses tortured and abused. The Horse Protection Act (HPA) has been in effect since Horse Protection Act of 1970 yet horrific abuses still go on publicly and behind the scenes of this obnoxious so called “sport”. It needs to be banned outright.
We are working on that. We will continue to keep you posted.
HORSE SLAUGHTER. Prevents government spending on horse slaughter inspections. This language in the measure would effectively prevent horse slaughter in the United States for human consumption. Such “defund” language has been enacted nearly every year since 2005. Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., led a letter signed by 113 Representatives seeking this provision.
WE SAY: This continues to prevent horse slaughter for human consumption being conducted on U.S. soil, and we are exceedingly grateful for another year to try to close U.S. borders to the export of horses for the purpose of slaughter.
Thank you everyone who have worked, and are working still, so hard on these issues.