The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, sponsored by U.S. Reps. John
Sweeney (R-NY) and John Spratt, Jr. (D-SC), has been introduced in the
House of Representatives as H.R. 857. If passed, the legislation (which
has yet to be introduced in the Senate) would ban the slaughter of horses
for human consumption in the U.S. It would also ban the transport of
horses intended for slaughter for human consumption between states and out
of the U.S.
While there is no real market for horsemeat for human
consumption within the U.S., it is big business overseas. American horses
from stockyards and auction houses, and sometimes even mustangs from the
range, are trucked thousands of miles to slaughterhouses in Texas, Canada
and Mexico so that their meat can be sold as a delicacy in places like
France, Belgium, Italy, or Asia.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Contact your U.S. Representative (U.S. Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121)
and ask that s/he support H.R. 857, the American Horse Slaughter
Prevention Act. You can look up the name and contact information of your
Rep. at www.Congress.org or by calling The HSUS at (202) 955-3666. For
more information on H.R. 857, see:
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