Written by Alisa Mullins
Buried deep in President Barack Obama's 244-page
budget proposal is
this gem: a reprieve for America's horses. The new budget plan includes a
request for Congress to reinstitute a prohibition on the funding of U.S.
Department of Agriculture inspectors at horse slaughter plants, which would
effectively put the kibosh on budding plans to resume slaughtering horses on
U.S. soil. Translation? The Obama
administration wants horse slaughter to stay illegal in the U.S.
A similar spending prohibition was implemented
in 2005, but it was struck down in 2011. And now several companies are trying
to reopen horse slaughterhouses in New Mexico and other Western states.
This defunding measure would
be an invaluable stopgap to prevent horses from being slaughtered in this
country while Congress debates the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, which would not only outlaw
horse slaughter in the U.S. but also close the loophole that currently allows
horses to be cruelly shipped
to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. This
bill must pass or American
horses will continue to die—even if it's not on our own soil.
What You Can Do
Please contact your congressional
representatives and urge them to support this budget measure. And to protect
horses in the long term and prevent them from being shipped over the border to
slaughter, please also urge them to support the SAFE Act.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
You've got to act now because on Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the agriculture appropriations bill for fiscal year 2013, meaning that it will have to decide whether to continue to use taxpayer dollars to fund equine slaughter inspections. Last year, horse slaughter once again became a possibility in the U.S. after the government approved federal funds for inspections for the first time since 2006. But this year, Rep. Jim Moran from Virginia introduced an amendment—which the House House Appropriations Committee approved—prohibiting funds from being spent on horse slaughter inspections. Now Congress must decide whether to allow horses to be shot in the head and strung up by one leg before having their throats slit so that people can profit from the sale of their flesh.
Moran's amendment would get us one step closer to ending horse slaughter, but there is still a huge loophole. Horse-flesh dealers could still send horses to Canada or Mexico to be slaughtered, as they did during the years when no equine slaughterhouses were operating in the U.S. In addition to a painful and terrifying death, a PETA investigation revealed that horses were crammed into transport trucks and sent on grueling journeys of more than 1,000 miles in subfreezing conditions during which time they were never given food or water or a chance to get out and stretch their legs.
The Moran amendment echoes the feelings of the 80 percent of Americans who do not believe that horses should be slaughtered for their flesh, but in order to close the loophole, Congress must also pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011, which states that horses may not be shipped to slaughter outside the country. Please contact your members of Congress today to urge them to support this crucial legislation.
her work on The Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels is accustomed to saving lives. But for one horse, her help arrived just hours
before he would have been sent on a journey to become hamburger.
a PETA investigation of horse
slaughter, in which horses are taken from a meat buyer to a Canadian slaughterhouse, our investigators
discovered ex-racehorse Royale With Speed packed into a "kill pen." A
grandson of renowned Triple Crown winner Secretariat, Royale With Speed's racing days were over, and our investigators stood witness as he was sold for
slaughter for $350. He was dehydrated and running a fever of 103.7 degrees Fahrenheit,
and his lymph nodes were so swollen that they later burst and oozed pus through
called the wonderful PETA supporter who cares for another of our rescued
thoroughbreds, Coming Home,
and she agreed immediately to give Royale With Speed a home on her ranch.
Jillian stepped up to buy the horse and cover his transportation costs, and
together, we were able to save him from enduring a 36-hour journey in
subfreezing temperatures aboard a cramped transport truck—with no food or water—that
would have ended at a slaughterhouse.
weeks of intensive care, Royale With Speed, now renamed Gray Man, has fully
recovered. He spends his days lolling on the grass and romping with his new friend
Coming Home—who also has a new name, Little Winner.
of thousands of horses are shipped to slaughter every year. Jillian has voiced
her support for ending
horse slaughter to Congress. Please join her.
Written by PETA
For those of you who haven't heard of him, Gordon Ramsay runs a restaurant and hosts a TV show in England, where celebrity chefs are worshipped as a form of minor deity. Despite having only 5 TV channels for the entire country, the Brits have more cooking shows even than they have antiques shows, and they have the highest number of celebrity chefs per capita in the entire world. So in England, Gordon Ramsay is a kind of a big deal. He’s also a cold-hearted animal hater—which is where PETA UK comes in to the story. Evidently, Mr. Ramsay’s latest stunt has been to encourage British people to eat more horse meat, even going so far as to feature a horse-meat barbeque on his show, The F-Word. PETA UK’s response to his antics was as swift as it was smelly, and the pictures of their horse-manure dump outside Gordon’s restaurant this morning have been going everywhere in the British media. You can check out some of the press coverage here.
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