Infrastructure Bill passes Senate without horse slaughter amendment

Advocates urge voting against the bill unless anti-slaughter language is reinstated.

EDITED PRESS RELEASE | UPDATED: AUG 11, 2021

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Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate passed a trillion-dollar infrastructure bill on Tuesday without any provision to ban the export of live horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter for human consumption, putting in jeopardy the anti-slaughter provision comfortably adopted more than a month ago in the House by a voice vote.

The Senate assembled anew its Infrastructure bill, taking the House bill and number, H.R. 3684, the INVEST Act, but little else.

The Senate effectively stripped an amendment led by U.S. Reps. Troy Carter, D-La., Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., John Katko, R-N.Y., Dina Titus, D-Nev., and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. to the Bill that would have banned the transport of equines across state and federal lines for the purposes of slaughter for human consumption.

This is what the U.S. Senate fights to maintain for America’s horses.
Bled Out Horse, Mexico | Tras los Muros | Photography for Animal Liberation.
Not filed with this press release.

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, D-N.J., made an attempt to keep the anti-slaughter transport language in play by filing his own amendment #2296, but that effort gained no momentum, with few Senators treating the anti-slaughter provision in a serious-minded way, even though the House took the issue up and the subject has been the subject of action and discussion during the formulation of the annual Senate Agriculture spending bill.

The measure was been endorsed by more than 229 animal and equine protection and advocacy groups, organizations, rescues, and businesses in the U.S., including The Jockey Club; The Breeders’ Cup; New York Racing Association, which operates The Belmont Stakes; Pimlico Racetrack, which operates The Preakness Stakes; the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance; the National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization; U.S. Harness Racing Alumni Association; Claiborne Farm; Stone Farm, where three Kentucky Derby winners were raised; Crawford Farms; West Point Thoroughbreds; Nick Zito; Pin Oak Stud; the Texas State Horse Council; Winterstone Pictures; and the Horses for Life Foundation; and the Center for a Humane Economy, to name a few.

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Featured Image: Rows of slaughter tags, Mexico | Tras los Muros | Photography for Animal Liberation.

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6 thoughts on “Infrastructure Bill passes Senate without horse slaughter amendment”

  1. Yes – where is Biden? No where; very disappointing. It’s amazing that the racing industry supported Amendment 2296 along with the equine protection groups but the senators ignored. Secondly, AQHA, the main suppliers of horses for slaughter, is predictably no where. It would truly be a miracle if the Amendment was taken during reconciliation – hope and pray.

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  2. How disappointing.

    I had my hopes up that a new administration might change things, but TBH, not surprised. Obama did nothing either. ~sigh~

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  3. This is devastating news. Callous cold-hearted act not to include provision to ban the export of live horses to Canada and Mexico for the inhumane and sickening slaughter of these poor horses who also suffer in the transport process.
    It’s my belief that banning this abhorrent practice will result in huge benefits not only for the horses but for 21st century society in general. Only much needed good would come of it. To allow it to continue is indefensible.
    To ignore 229 endorsements, including horseracing industry entities, is unacceptable and undemocratic.

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    1. It is this sort of event which makes us believe that we do not live in a democratic society in the U.S. That may sound naive and that we in fact have never really ever had a say. It just was not so apparent.

      We halfheartedly hoped this would get done. Yet another huge disappointment. A big blow. The horrible suffering continues for our horses. Those involved should be ashamed.

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    1. Agree. Where is BIDEN? What the hell is he waiting for?

      In the meantime, these ingrates have clearly forgotten that without the horse we would all be sitting in mud huts in the middle of nowhere scratching out a living.

      It galls us here at TH that the horse has little to no respect — no gratitude — for all they have given mankind.

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