USA: American Horses Need Your Legislators' Help!
Update—September 20, 2019: In a majority victory for American horses, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee maintained the longstanding funding prohibition that keeps horse slaughterhouses off of American soil. The U.S. House included the same language earlier this year, meaning that we are well positioned to keep this grisly industry out of the country for another year. We are thrilled to see such across-the-board progress against horse slaughter, but we must ensure there is follow through. Leaders in the U.S. House and Senate will soon finalize the FY2020 Appropriations bills, and it is vital that they know that you want to see American horses protected. See below for ways to take action now.
Horses are currently protected from slaughter in America, 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.
Fortunately, Congress respected the will of the American public and included this lifesaving amendment in the FY2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill. However, this spending bill will soon expire. Lawmakers will begin final deliberations on the spending bills for FY2020, and we need your help to ensure that this critical language to protect our nation’s horses is included.
What You Can Do
U.S. House and Senate leaders will soon decide whether your tax dollars can be used in 2020 to support the gruesome horse slaughter industry, so please don’t delay. Use the forms below to email your legislators asking them to protect America’s horses.
On behalf of America's horses, thank you.
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