U.S. Horses Deserve Lasting Protection

Habitat for Horses was one of the organizations mentioned in this article that took part in ASPCA’s Help A Horse Day. We here at Habitat for Horses work hard to advocate for horses. Every horse deserves to be protected, to be allowed to live full lives. We need to keep this mind and inform our representatives in Congress that we will be watching – if horse slaughter is allowed once again in the US, they will not get our vote!

On a lighter note, be sure to remember that next week we will taking submissions to our Summer 2015 Photo Contest! Entry is FREE. There will be 5 winners!! All money raised from this contest will go towards Habitat for Horses Mission – educate, rescue, rehabilitate, re-home abused horses. Read more about the contest here. ~ HfH

From: The Huffington Post
By: Matthew Bershadker

IMG_0016Last year, the federal appropriations bill for 2015 renewed a ban on the use of tax dollars for inspections of horse slaughterhouses, keeping the vile horse slaughter industry from operating anywhere in America… for a time.

This September, that ban expires, putting horse slaughter facilities once again in a position to potentially reemerge in America, and putting the burden on Congress to reinstate its temporary halt.

But while renewing the ban every year stops slaughterhouses from opening on U.S. soil, it cannot prevent American horses — approximately 150,000 every year — from being legally trucked to slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada.

Even when horse slaughter plants were allowed in the U.S., tens of thousands of horses were still exported annually for slaughter, and several thousand were actually imported for slaughter.

During those long-distance trips, horses are treated as if they’re already dead, kept in crowded containers and denied adequate food, water, and rest. According to the USDA, 92 percent of these horses are in good physical condition and could go on to lead productive lives in loving homes.

Horse slaughter is also a threat to human health because horses are routinely given hundreds of drugs and other substances during their lives that have not been approved by the FDA for use in animals intended for human consumption.

So we’re asking you to tell your legislators — especially if your representative sits on the House Appropriations Committee — to continue the ban and prevent this cruel and environmentally devastating industry from establishing roots in America. In 2011, when this restriction was not renewed, the dormant U.S. horse slaughter industry wasted no time trying to set up slaughterhouses in several states.

But we shouldn’t have to hold our breath every year while the fate of our horses hangs in the balance. So urge your Congressperson to also support the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act of 2015 (H.R. 1942; S. 1214), which would permanently ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the U.S., as well as prohibit the export of horses to other countries for slaughter.

Horse rescues and sanctuaries are doing their part to spread awareness and save lives. In April, more than 100 equine welfare organizations from over 33 states celebrated Help a Horse Day, including 53 organizations which participated in the ASPCA Help A Horse Day grant contest, our annual competition to recognize the most effective and creative tactics in helping at-risk horses.


Nora being worked with by a trainer at Habitat for Horses

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Gail Wiot

    Please please tell all your friends to call their elected Legislators. If they are not sure have them contact their local village hall or county office. Folks this bill is life or DEATH! In addition, on Sept. 29th in Washington, DC. there will be a program of speakers from all parts of the country including the 4 Legislators who sponsored this bill. If you have friends in that area or could possibly find your way to attend please do so. The program will begin in front of the Dept. Of Agriculture Bldg. with the speakers and once the speakers have concluded there will be a march to the Capital bldg. Each week hundreds of horses both wild and domestic, ponies, minis, burrors and other equines are trucked to slaughter in Canada or Mexico. It’s disgusting!! Young animals and pregnant mares are not spared no matter what people tell you. As a country of Horse men and women we must colaberate and come up with a better solution than slaughter. If you can at all purchase a tee shirt supporting the march, please purchase one when they become available. If you can’t travel to Washington, get a group of people together, find out where your Legislator office is and go visit them with your concerns. They usually spend time in their district office or have Staff members ready to speak with you. Your Horse could be a statistic if stolen. If you can go visit the office on Sept. 29th when the march takes place. Slaughter is something NO ONE wants to think about. It’s heart breaking! Please don’t dismiss the power of a phone call, email or a letter. Every person counts and you will be saving a lot of lives! I hope to see some of the Horse Warriors in Washington,D.C. on Sept. 29th!!!

    June 23, 2015
  • Sue Sefscik

    Every time the slaughter issue comes to a vote in the US House of Representatives, I send a letter to “my” congressman, who happens to be a vet. He always votes “yes” to slaughter.

    June 23, 2015
    • Daniel Cordero

      This is why it is so important you contact your legislators or their aides, preferably in person in one of the district offices, and tell them that you will not vote for them unless they support keeping the USDA horse slaughter inspections ban in the next agriculture appropriations bill and to vote for the SAFE Act.

      Make sure they understand that,unless they support the keeping the USDA horse slaughter inspection defunding languague and vote for the SAFE Act, you and all your family and friends will vote for whomever is running against them. The only way to force them to pass the bills is making them feel the heat and pressure of losing their cushy jobs.

      June 24, 2015
  • Janet Curtis

    would you pls contact our reno channel 2 news? what they posted brung out the worst horse haters ever!they said fws based their decision on the comments from these horse haters. they said feral. wild are no different than domestics. its a very sad day again!!

    July 2, 2015
    • Daniel Cordero

      Answering your question about USFWS saying no to listing wild horses on the threatened or endangered species list, sadly the media simply acts as a loudspeaker of the extractive sector’s Establishment (i.e. agribusiness money, mining moguls and welfare ranchers).

      The news should actually be about what is stated in the endangered species enlisting petition, which was very well researched:

      – How wild horses have already lost 40% of their habitat since passage of the WFHBA and that, in essence, the WFHBA has served as instrument to keep wild horses numbers to the lowest possible end since it does not contain provisions to protect and restore their habitat and it clearly states that BLM is only obligated to manage wild horses to the minimal feasible level.

      – How of 245 million acres managed by BLM, 145 are designated for livestock grazing and that wild horses are restricted to just 26.5, which in addition they have to share with livestock for which 82.5% of forage in those 26.5 million acres is reserved, while wild horses only get for themselves 17.5%.

      – How BLM uses science-fiction rather than true science to unfairly target wild horses as “excesss” and remove them.

      – How BLM has already tested on Sheldon National Refuge’s wild horses -with aims at rolling this out in all herds- monstruous ovariectomy and vasectomy field surgery to permanently sterilize wild horses, and how they regard a 10% death rate a complete success.

      – How, over the course of 100 years, 44 of them under so-called “federal protection”, the total population of wild horses dwindled from 7 million (with no evidence of range damage frequently blamed on wild horses by BLM and special interests) to just barely 26,000. That’s a jaw-dropping 99.62% reduction in their population (in comparison, a realistic estimate of direct casualties for a nuclear war between US, Soviet Union and Europe, according to professor James W. Child, would around 400 million, or 0.054% of the world’s current population of 7.32 billion).

      Of course, the Koch brothers, the Bundites and the “Protect the Harvest” guy are not interested at all that these facts are broadcasted far and wide to the general public. And that’s really sad because if people is deprived of knowing the truth change will never be brought… and these horses are disappearing fast.

      July 4, 2015
  • Dawn Dwyer

    I just don’t understand how anyone can look at these horses and support slaughter. It’s insane and disgusting. I often wonder how these people sleep at night. All you have to do is look into a horse’s eyes and you can see their soul. They feel pain and fear. They are living breathing beings who deserve to be treated with kindness. Please stop this insane pipeline. It just has to stop. It kills me to see babies with those stickers on them. How can anyone do that? Why are they sentenced to die? For what? We as humans should be ashamed. I know I am.

    July 3, 2015
  • MS

    I will keep at it — I always do!

    Everyone should keep at it ESPECIALLY if your representative is PRO slaughter — you MUST convince your rep. every step of the way, enumerating all the reasons why horse slaughter is a bad thing!

    Do NOT give up! Every week, every month, either call, e-mail, giving reasons (you can keep the letter short, making it less burdensome) as to why horse slaughter must be BANNED permanently!

    WE CAN DO THIS! WE WILL DO THIS! The lives of horses are depending on you.

    July 4, 2015