USA: American Horses Need Your Legislators' Help!
Update—December 6, 2018: Congress passed a Continuing Resolution that maintains the current ban on domestic horse slaughter and protections for wild horses through December 21. Negotiations about these provisions in the final 2019 bill will soon be decided. Now is the time to make your voice heard. Please tell federal legislators that you value equine welfare and do not want to see your tax dollars used to prop up the barbaric horse slaughter industry. See action steps below.
Horses are currently protected from slaughter on American soil, but this could soon change. Every year Congress must pass an amendment that prohibits the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from using taxpayer dollars to inspect horse slaughter facilities. Since 2007, this language has effectively barred this grisly industry from setting up shop in the U.S.
Thankfully, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to include this amendment in its version of the 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill—but the House Appropriations Committee did not. Because the Senate and House are on different pages, we need your help to ensure this critical language to protect our nation’s horses is included in the final bill.
What You Can Do
U.S. House and Senate leadership will decide before December 21 whether your tax dollars will be used to support the gruesome horse slaughter industry, so please don’t delay. Use the form below to email to your members of Congress asking them to protect America’s horses.