USA: American Horses Need Your Legislators' Help!
Update—May 24, 2018: The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to retain crucial language to protect horses from slaughter in their version of the Agriculture Appropriations bill. Now that the Senate and House have again made different decisions regarding the fate of equines, we need your help to ensure this critical language is included in the final bill. Please 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.
Wild horses and burros are also under threat this year. These majestic icons of the American West are currently protected under federal law from both sale to commercial slaughter and mass killing as a brutal form of population control. But some are working to strip these crucial protections from our iconic herds.
In March, Congress passed an omnibus spending package with several crucial protections for animal welfare, including hard-fought provisions that will continue the ban on domestic horse slaughter and retain commonsense protections for our wild horses and burros. This was a huge victory for our nation’s horses but the bill will expire in September and must be renewed in order to ensure our nation’s horses are protected from this cruel and unnecessary treatment.
The U.S. House Appropriations committee voted to move the bill forward without this important language on May 16.
What You Can Do
Both the House and Senate must bring their respective Agriculture Appropriations bills up for votes and reconcile the differences into a final bill. Please use the form below to send a follow-up email to your members of Congress asking them to support this important provision as the bills move forward.
On behalf of our nation’s horses, thank you!