President’s budget proposes horse slaughter ban

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Although some may think this part of the budget might be dropped, it won’t. All this does is maintain slaughter as it has been since 2007. No horses have been saved, no changes made. It takes passing the SAFE Act to bring a halt to those who enjoy killing horses for fun and profit. ~ HfH

From: The Washington Times

White HouseSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Animal protection advocates applauded President Barack Obama on Tuesday for proposing to continue a federal funding ban that’s blocking the resumption of commercial horse slaughter in the U.S.

The president and Congress agreed earlier this year to withhold money through September for Agriculture Department inspections necessary for slaughterhouses to process horse meat for human consumption.
The president’s budget calls for the funding prohibition to remain in place through the end of the next budget year in September 2015.

“Wasting tax dollars on the cruelty of horse slaughter makes no sense, and we urge Congress to once again adopt this provision,” said Nancy Perry, a senior vice president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The ban on inspection funding derailed a New Mexico company’s plan to slaughter horses to export the meat to overseas consumers.

Blair Dunn, a lawyer for Valley Meat in Roswell and Rains Natural Meats in Missouri, said the “president’s budget is not law and certainly not the end of the story.”

“Amid the other problems with the president’s budget and the midterm elections it is unwise to assume that this provision will remain in the budget in its final form,” Dunn said in a statement.

After Congress initially eliminated inspection funding, the last U.S. horse slaughterhouses closed in 2007. Plants in New Mexico, Missouri and Iowa unsuccessfully sought to resume horse slaughtering when federal money was restored in 2011.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Robynne Catheron

    Please share this information far and wide, horse warriors! The ONLY way to stop the slaughter of American horses and the export of the toxic meat is to get the S.A.F.E. Act passed. The S.A.F.E. Act (S.541, H.R.1094) has been stuck in committee in both the Senate and the House for almost a year. AWIs web has incorrect information, stating the prognosis of it passing is 0%. According to Senator Landrieu’s (co-author) aide, it is waiting for more co-spco-sponsor. Out of 100 Senators, only 27 have signed on as co-sponsors. Out of 435 Representatives, only 167 have signed on.
    The ONLY way to get more co-sponsors is for us, American citizens, to call our legislators and politely but firmly insist they co-sponsor this Act. It’s up to US, horse warriors. We need to take this on as our personal obligation.
    Note: there are several S.A.F.E. Acts right now, so you will need to mention it by name, Safeguard American Food Export Act, and/or by number, S.541, and H.R.1094.
    I will be trying to do my part in April by riding horseback over 1000 miles from Ohio to Delaware to raise awareness and help get this Act out of committee and onto the floor for the vote. I will be talking to every single person I meet, and encouraging them to call their own legislators. I urge you to visit my FB page RIDE FOR THEIR LIVES and help me make this mission a success. I would be deeply appreciative.
    One more note: I’m hearing from several states that their legislators are adamantly pro-slaughter and flat out refuse to discuss the topic. Oklahoma is one of those states, and I’m guessing the cattle ranchers are paying them well.
    Please help get this done. We need all warriors on board!

    March 5, 2014
  • Robynne Catheron

    One more fact: according to Senator Landrieu’s aide, if the S.A.F.E. Act isn’t signed into law by January 1, 2015, it will have to start all over from the beginning.

    March 5, 2014
  • N.Laurel

    Dunn is gonna milk this for all he can get, continuing to give his clients false hope. (not that I feel sorry for them)

    March 5, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    We need the SAFE ACT now!!! or this will not stop till horses & all wild life is dead and gone!

    March 5, 2014