H.R. 961 & S. 2006 — Idaho and Iowa

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H.R. 961

Calling all you citizens and horse lovers of Idaho and Iowa.

Are you ready to take part on behalf of horses and help get them the necessary cosponsors to blast H.R. 961, The SAFE Act of 2019, out of Committee and onto the House Floor for debate and vote?

When The SAFE Act becomes law it will abolish the practice of slaughtering American horses for human consumption. Imagine the impact on the lives of our Quarter Horses (America’s Horse), Thoroughbreds and federally protected Wild Horses & Burros. There is so very much at stake.

Magic Number — 290

Here’s how we do it.

We need a minimum of 290 to take advantage of the Consensus Calendar Rule and move the Bill onto the House Floor for debate and vote.

As of this writing, H.R. 961 has 160 cosponsors. Hooray! It was 141 when we started.

Below are all U.S. Representatives for Idaho and Iowa. Those who have cosponsored are marked with a big YES.

If they have not cosponsored, you know what to do. Contact them and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 961 at their earliest opportunity.

For those new to the process, here’s a link that will take you through it right here on Tuesday’s Horse.

Idaho

1st District: Russ Fulcher (R)
2nd District: Mike Simpson (R)

Iowa

1st District: Abby Finkenauer (D)
2nd District: Dave Loebsack (D)
3rd District: Cindy Axne (D) — YES!
4th District: Steve King (R)

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Take Action

Here’s our step-by-step guide right here on Tuesday’s Horse for supporting H.R. 961 and its companion bill in the U.S. Senate — S. 2006.

Please share far and wide. Thank you!

H.R. 961 & S. 2006 — Take Action Kansas and Kentucky

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H.R. 961 — The “SAFE Act of 2019” & S. 2006

A big hello and welcome to the horse loving citizens of Kansas and Kentucky.

Are you ready to take action and help get us the necessary cosponsors to blast H.R. 961 (The SAFE Act of 2019), out of Committee and onto the House Floor for a vote? Right now H.R. 961 has 160 cosponsors. Our target — 290!

Below are the U.S. Representatives from the States of Kansas and Kentucky. The ones who have already cosponsored are marked with a big YES.

KANSAS (KS)

District 1: Roger Marshall [R]
District 2: Steve Watkins [R]
District 3: Sharice Davids (D) — YES!
District 4: Ron Estes [R]

KENTUCKY (KY)

District 1: James Comer [R]
District 2: Brett Guthrie ([R]
District 3: John Yarmuth [D] — YES!
District 4: Thomas Massie ([R]
District 5: Hal Rogers ([R]
District 6: Andy Barr [R] — YES!

If they have not cosponsored, you know what to do. Contact them now and ask them to please cosponsor this important bill that protects people from being exposed to toxic horse meat and horses from slaughter.

Here’s a link that walks you through it without leaving Tuesday’s Horse.

S. 2006

Please note that H.R. 961 now has a companion bill in the U.S. Senate — S. 2006, so contact both of your U.S. Senators too while you are there. Please note that this is a bipartisan issue.

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Last updated 7/18/2019 3 pm EST

Efforts to block horse slaughter in the US will continue

HSUS PRESS RELEASE
November 1, 2013

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A federal judge in the court case regarding horse slaughter in the U.S. has reversed course from her initial ruling and cleared the way for U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections of horse slaughter plants in several states.

The Humane Society of the United States will not only appeal the decision, but also work with the states to block the plants from opening in Iowa, Mo., and N.M. and step up its efforts in Congress to stop the slaughter of American horses—the states and also in Canada and Mexico.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, said:

“Our legislative and legal activities have prevented horse slaughtering on American soil since 2007. With today’s court ruling and the very real prospect of plants resuming barbaric killing of horses for their meat in the states, we expect the American public to recognize the urgency of the situation and to demand that Congress take action. Court fights and state legislative battles have been important, but this is an issue of national importance and scale, and Congress should have an up-or-down vote on the subject.”

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RELATED READING

  • “Missouri horse slaughter plant set to open”; KRCG, CBS Channel 13, St Louis; November 4, 2013.
    • ST. LOUIS (AP) — A northwest Missouri horse slaughter plant is preparing to open for business Monday as a legal battle that stretches across the country continues to unfold. Read full report >>
  • “Ex-NM Governor vows to halt horse slaughter”; by Gary Strauss; USA Today; November 3, 2013.
    • Former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson vowed Saturday to fight a federal ruling that will allow U.S. horse slaughterhouses to operate for the first time since 2007. Read full report >>

    APNewsBreak: Iowa plant drops horse-slaughter plan

    Written by GRANT SCHULTE and JERI CLAUSING,

    Horses on Slaughter Truck. HSUS Image.
    Horses on Slaughter Truck. HSUS Image.

    ALBUQURQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Iowa company is dropping plans to slaughter horses in the wake of a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily banned the practice as part of a lawsuit filed by animal welfare groups, a company executive said Tuesday.

    Responsible Transportation, which owns a slaughterhouse in Sigourney, Iowa, was among two companies that had secured federal permits for horse slaughter. But the Iowa company’s president, Keaton Walker, told The Associated Press that his firm cannot afford to wait for more court deliberations and was turning its focus to cattle.

    “We just can’t sit with our heads down,” Walker said. “We have to get back to work. Our main focus now is going to be beef.”

    The other company with a federal permit, Valley Meat Co. of Roswell, N.M., was “still prepared to stay the course,” company attorney Blain Dunn said. Valley Meat has been at the fore of the fight, pushing for more than a year for permission to convert its cattle plant into a horse slaughterhouse.

    Valley Meat Co. owner Rick De Los Santos said he could understand why the Iowa company made the decision. But, he added: “We are going to see this deal all the way through.” Read full report >>