Target: Rep. Betty McCollum
Goal: Prohibit American tax money from funding horse slaughterhouses
A new amendment on a pending bill would help prevent American tax dollars from funding horse slaughterhouses in the United States. There are numerous reasons that such facilities should be shut down, and among them are the serious health risks to civilians. Horses also endure exploitation and harm from this unnecessary practice, and Congress has the opportunity to help end it. Urge Betty McCollum, U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 4th congressional district, to use her influence on the voting committee to oppose the federally subsidized killing of horses.
This year’s Appropriations bill, a running bill that allows the government to determine where money will be spent, will soon be voted on. Sadly, many pro-slaughter industries are successfully growing their businesses, and animal welfare advocates are reasonably concerned. Since 2005, federal money has not supported the industry, leading to its supposed end, but the past few years have seen dramatic changes. In 2011, the appropriations bill no longer included a restriction to protect horses from the meat market.
While the vast majority of Americans oppose the killing of horses for consumption, members of the horse industry seem torn. Some claim that horse prices would drop if they were not purchased for their meat. Others fight commercial slaughter citing inhumane methods of killing and hazards from consuming the animals. The latter claim is proven. Horses that are not raised for meat are given chemicals shown to be harmful for humans to eat.
Recent studies have also suggested that the USDA may approve horses for slaughtering if their meat does not contain chemicals. This would be a monumental step backwards for animal activists and supporters of equine welfare. It is vital that every step possible is taken to ensure the safety of these creatures in the United States. Urge our Congress and Rep. Betty McCollum to pass the Moran Amendment on the upcoming Appropriations bill that will prohibit tax dollars from restoring horse slaughterhouses.
Dear Rep. Betty McCollum,
This year’s Appropriations bill will soon be voted on. I urge you to vote in favor of the Moran Amendment that would prohibit tax dollars from supporting horse slaughterhouses. The killing of horses for their meat is becoming an increasingly popular activity in the United States, and it is important to act now to prevent the slaughter business from becoming powerful.
Already, the USDA is geared to approve horse meat for consumption, and this would give proponents an advantage in increasing the already growing industry. Despite the inhumane methods that are often employed while killing the animals, and the hazards posed to humans when consuming chemically contaminated meat, a substantial portion of the U.S. population supports the slaughter of horses. I urge you to stand with the majority of Americans who oppose horse slaughter plants, and I encourage you to use your influence as a politician to prevent federal funding for this dreadful industry.
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