Racehorse killings continue at California racetracks. California Governor Gavin Newsom who was very vocal during Santa Anita’s final season of death has gone quiet.
Three racehorses have already been killed at Del Mar. What is he waiting for? How many killings does it take? Yes, we know that the State is still recovering from the wildfires. As sorry as we are, we can’t help that.
Calling all Californians. Contact Governor Newsom to suspend all California horse racing indefinitely until they get to the bottom of all of these racehorse deaths.
Not a Californian? We should all take part, from wherever you are. It will demonstrate that this issue is still under intense public scrutiny. This issue is far from over. This issue is not going away.
The current race meeting at Del Mar runs to Sunday, December 1, 2019. To date three horses have been killed.
We are excited to announce our Fall version of March Against Horse Slaughter held last month was another huge success. We are still sifting through the mountain of information we gathered and totalling up the numbers on how many we reached (it’s in the many 1000s), what they had to say and why they felt that way. Brilliant!
One trending item we were most surprised about regarding H.R. 961 (The SAFE Act) is how few Republican lawmakers have cosponsored it and how often this was mentioned. Republican lawmakers, your constituents are NOT happy.
Anti horse slaughter legislation has always had widely bipartisan support — supported by both Democrats and Republicans. It has never been a strictly Democratic or Republican issue.
The jaded among us have said their support was likely because Republican lawmakers knew previous bills had holds on them and were never going to make it, so could freely support a bill going nowhere and make themselves look good to constituents. This type of behavior is also what makes us disregard the “humane scorecard” so called. It’s easy to back animal friendly bills, making yourself look good along the way, when knowing they have no chance in Hades of success. But we digress!
While street teaming the H.R. 961 across the country, numerous people told us that they have been contacting their Representatives to cosponsor the SAFE Act and a huge amount of Republicans have ignored them, even the ones who have traditionally have backed previous anti horse slaughter bills.
If they have not and happen to be Republican, please contact them and ask them to cosponsor this Bill, especially if they have cosponsored legislation like it in the past.
If they they have not cosponsored, regardless of their political party, please contact them again — and ask them again.
MAKE THE CALL
The most effective way is to do this is by phone. When calling, you should ask to speak to the Aide working on HR. 961 — The SAFE Act.
When you get them on the phone tell them that this bill is highly important to you not just for the sake of the horses but also for food safety.
The U.S. should not be sending its horses to slaughter who have been given numerous drugs making their meat toxic for human consumption and a threat to human health, foreign or otherwise.
Ask that the Representative cosponsor H.R.961 at his or her earliest opportunity. If they have cosponsored previous anti horse slaughter bills but haven’t done so for this one, mention that, and state that it is very important that they cosponsor and vote “yes” on this one.
The Capitol Switchboard Number is (202) 224-3121.
The alternative is to email your U.S. Representative directly or use their online form.
Time is of the essence. We need a massive push to get the cosponsors we need. It’s way past time we have accomplished this, and is becoming a matter of urgency considering what is going on in Washington at the moment. It is a big distraction. Let’t help Congress keep their eye on the ball on our issues.
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Those who fear a ban on horse slaughter — such as the racing industry who kills horses on the track and also sends them to be murdered for their meat off of it — are spending huge sums of money to defeat this bill. So are the Quarter Horse people, rodeo groups and millionaire horse sorers, to name a few. Together “we the people” have big money too.
There’s also this. Constituent power is just as influential as money. Oh, yes it is. Perhaps even more so. Without your vote, lawmakers don’t get elected no matter how much money they raise or get paid off.
Let’s come together now and make those calls, and send those messages, to Congress that we want this thing done. In this Congress. We demand that horse slaughter is outlawed.
We know we and the horses can count on you. We always have.
Thank you for following us and taking part on issues like this so critical to our horses’ safety, well being and happiness.
We are calling on all Californians to contact Governor Newsom’s office by phone or contact form to shut down California horse racing — particularly Santa Anita. Tweet your message to @GavinNewsom.
Do you have horse racing in your State?
Please contact your Governor and voice your opposition to horse racing and it’s horrific history of maiming, abusing and killing of racehorses. Let’s get the ball rolling and establish momentum on this issue. Find Governor contact information by State here.
Thank you everyone.
If you have not seen the video, “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Raced to Death”, please go here.
The Guardian adds: “A further 11% are listed in the Korean Racing Authority (KRA) records as “undecided,” an entry that often coincides with an abrupt end to their medical history, or the listing of an injury that is incompatible with racing.”
The problem is that these animals are exported to breed or race, and not for slaughter, so they are not covered by Australian laws that govern the live export industry. Once they arrive in South Korea, they are subject only to that country’s laws.
The cruelty that South Korea imposes on these horses has come to light thanks to footage filmed secretly at the one of the main horse abattoirs at Nonghyup on Jeju Island in South Korea.
It shows horses being trucked into a facility, hit hard with a poly pipe and then forced to enter a fenced-off channel where they are herded along with the pipes and enter the kill box to be stunned by a captive bolt device.
We must put an end to this.
Since South Korea has shown such despicably cruel treatment to these horses, Australia must stop exporting racehorses to South Korea.