Horse slaughter petition

Oct 14, 2011

The Obama administration has created a new website to receive public petitions and has promised that top policy staff will review and respond to any petition that gathers more than 5,000 signatures within a 30-day period. A petition supporting legislation banning the sale, transportation, trade, etc., of horses for slaughter is already on the website. In response, supporters of humane horse slaughter have created a counter-petition, seeking the restoration of horse processing in the U.S. The deadline for the 5,000 signatures is Oct. 22.

The petition can be accessed at https://wwws.white!/ petition/restore-humanehorse-slaughter-improve -horse-welfare-stop-need less-wasteful-sufferingcreate-jobs/2QtJRrxY.

United Horsemen has prepared a page of talking points supporting the reestablishment of horse processing in the U.S. The document provides several good reasons why processing should be reestablished for horse welfare, for the U.S. economy, and for protection from the animal rights agenda. The talking points can be found at: http://library.con get/file/1103685263837- 78/Talking Points-2.pdf.

United Horsemen said the full Senate is likely to vote soon on its version of the Agriculture Appropriations Bill, which does not contain the annual rider denying federal funds for the inspection of U.S. horse processing plants. Livestock Marketing Association officials have pointed out that it’s necessary to contact senators to ask them to pass the Ag Appropriations Bill with no restrictive riders and no amendments banning horse processing, or language prohibiting the transportation and sale of horses to Canada and Mexico. The talking points will be useful during these contacts.

United Horsemen is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to the well being of horses and horse people, working for the restoration of humane and regulated horse processing in the U.S. to ensure the best possible fate and valuable use of excess, unwanted and unusable horses. They also work for the responsible management and control of wild and feral horses on federal, state, tribal and private lands.

The U.S. Government Acountability Office (GAO) report “HORSE WELFARE: Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter,” documents the decline in horse welfare and the economic demise of the horse industry due to inappropriate federal intervention that closed the humane, regulated horse slaughter plants in the U.S., according to United Horsemen.

As pointed out by GAO, appropriation riders and bills that seek to eliminate any possibility of humanely processing horses offer zero solutions and only exacerbate the suffering of horses, increase the number of needless and wasteful deaths, cause more abandonment, neglect, pain, and misery, and they deprive families of livelihoods and the ability to raise their kids with the joy of horses in their lives, according to United Horsemen.

Traci Eatherton, WLJ Editor