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“But what can we do?” – Here’s the answer. 

images-13“The legislators in Oklahoma have no intention of listening to anyone other than those sticking money in their pockets!”

“If this country is so against horse slaughter, why does it continue?”

“It’s like we’re a nation of sheep, blindly following those who are calling for the destruction of the wild horses!”

“Is the whole system corrupt?”

I’m faced with those kind of questions practically every day. As one of the warriors fighting horse slaughter since the latter part of the last century, I’ve struggled with the corruption that has permeated local, state and national legislation. The propaganda machine of the horse slaughter industry and their lobbyists are extremely well funded, while we are mostly individual voices calling for reason and logic. At times, we’ve won, but they are gaining ground.

“What can we do?”

It’s a question often asked, and now we have an answer. Get ready for a MASSIVE call/fax movement. Involve everyone you know and everyone they know. At one time we burned up the telephone lines into DC. We can do it again, we must do it again, because if we don’t, we and the horses lose everything we’ve gained since horse slaughter stopped in the US in 2007. Now is not the time to hold back or wait to see what happens.

On Monday, a legislator will be making a statement about horse slaughter language in a new appropriations bill that will be introduced in both the House and the Senate soon (perhaps next week).  Within those bills will be language to DEFUND

How they see horses

How they see horses

inspections for equine slaughter houses. This measure will effectively kill the chance for any horse slaughter to open in any state in the US.

The massive appropriations bills must pass and be signed into law by March 27th.

Make this work, guys. This is the one for which we all have been waiting. Subscribe to this blog and stay informed as we take it to the legislators to do the will of the majority.

From the Equine Welfare Alliance:

Stay tuned for legislation soon to be introduced by both houses. We will also have a legislator statement on Monday to kick things off. We’ll let you know as soon as the bills are out so rest your fingers for a massive call-in/faxing campaign to your legislators.

What you can do right now:

Appropriations bill: There is a lot of buzz about the appropriations bills. Our congressional contacts are telling us the house is NOT going to debate the 2013 bill other than two pieces – neither related to the defunding of horse inspections. That means we need to concentrate of the senate bill. The subcommittee members are listed at the bottom of this email. The chairwoman is Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.). She has been a strong ally of ours so be sure she is on your list to contact.

Also call senators not on the subcommittee that you know that are in favor of defunding inspections and have them contact committee members on your behalf. If we are successful in adding the defunding language to the senate bill, the two bills will have to be reconciled so it might be a good idea to contact your congressmen, as well, so they are aware of your opposition to funding horse inspections.

images-16While you are free to voice all of your concerns, we are recommending the two key talking points below – in your own words, of course. We ask that you do not use the humane issue as it falls on deaf ears and is viewed as an “emotional” argument. They all know what the horses endure and choose to ignore it.

It is also of note that whatever they do will only be in effect for 6 months until they take up the 2014 appropriations bill. Mention 6 months is not a long time while the issues (scandal, traceability, etc.) are being sorted out and that you are also asking for defunding in the 2014 bill.

1) Budgets – Our government should not be wasting valuable tax dollars that will compromise our food safety for a foreign meat business.

-Inspection budgets have been severely slashed.

-Inspectors should be in place to insure the safety of the food we consume in the US, not in foreign countries.

(Note – There are only about 70 killer-buyers in the US that provide horses for the slaughterhouses. They are the ONLY people making money between the auction house and the kill floor. The actual slaughterhouse may be American owned, but the operations, shipping, etc were all owned by foreign businesses and employeed minimum wage workers. There is no reason to think anything has changed. – Jerry)

2) Food Safety -The recent horse meat scandal has highlighted tenfold the fraud and deception inherent in food processing that has and will continue to exist in the horse meat business.

-Bringing it to US soil will ensure it exists in our country.

-US horses are not raised as food animals and should never enter the food chain

-It is unethical to send toxic meat to unsuspecting, foreign consumers

-The US should be taking the lead to stop it by defunding horse inspections

Subcommittee members: Bold are known to be allies. If any of you know of allies not bolded on this let, please let us know so we can notify everyone.

Majority Members- Democrats:

Member Name                              DC Phone           DC FAX      

Mark Pryor (D-AR) [Chairman]      202-224-2353    202-228-0908

Tom Harkin (D-IA)                         202-224-3254    202-224-9369

Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)            202-224-3841    202-228-3954

Tim Johnson (D-SD)                      202-224-5842    202-228-5765

Jon Tester (D-MT)                         202-224-2644    202-224-8594

Tom Udall (D-NM)                      202-224-6621    202-228-3261

Jeff Merkley (D-OR)                       202-224-3753    202-228-3997

Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

[Chairman]                                 202-224-4654   202-224-8858


Minority Members- Republicans:

Member Name                                        DC Phone           DC FAX       

Roy Blunt (R-MO) [Ranking Member]      202-224-5721    202-224-8149

Thad Cochran (R-MS)                             202-224-5054    202-224-9450

Mitch McConnell (R-KY)                           202-224-2541    202-224-2499

Susan Collins (R-ME)                           202-224-2523    202-224-2693

Jerry Moran (R-KS)                                 202-224-6521    202-228-6966

John Hoeven (R-ND)                               202-224-2551    202-224-7999

Richard Shelby (R-AL)                             202-224-5744    202-224-3416

[Vice Chairman]