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Make MONDAY MARCH 7 action day for horses March 05, 2005 7:01 PM

The American Horse Defense Fund is sponsoring a National Capitol Hill Day for Horses on March 7. Citizen lobbyists will be meeting with their legislators in Washington, D.C. on behalf of two important horse slaughter bills: H.R. 297 and H.R. 503. It will be a perfect time to make calls to your own federal legislators and urge them to support both of these important bills.

Reps. Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Ed Whitfield (R-KY) have introduced H.R. 297, a powerful bill that restores protection from slaughter for wild horses and burros. That protection was stripped last year in the 2005 Omnibus Spending Bill.

Reps. John Sweeney (R-NY), John Spratt, Jr. (D-SC) and Ed Whitfield (R-KY) introduced the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503), to prohibit the transport, possession, purchase, or sale of horses to be slaughtered for human consumption. Many horses, whether former companions or racers, face the agony of slaughter for food.

Make March 7 your day of action for horses: Ask your U.S. representative to co-sponsor H.R. 297 and H.R. 503. If he or she is already co-sponsoring these bills, express your thanks. And please ask your senators to support similar measures in the Senate.

The American Horse Defense Fund, an AWHPC Coalition member, is organizing the National Capitol Hill Day for Horses on March 7. The goal of the event is to educate our federal legislators and gain cosponsors for H.R. 297 (the Rahall/Whitfield bill that would reverse the Burns Amendment) and for H.R. 503 (the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act).

Note on H.R. 503: even if it passes, it will not come into effect for one year after its enactment. This leaves plenty of time for the 8,400 horses subject to the Burns Amendment to be sent to slaughter. Therefore, AWHPCs focus will be on H.R. 297.

ACTION TO TAKE

U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), the Ranking Democrat on the House Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over wild horse policy on federal lands, has introduced legislation that would restore the protective measures stripped by Senator Burns' amendment to the Wild Horse Annie Act at the end of session in Congress last year.

Please contact your Representatives and Senators and respectfully request them to to co-sponsor H.R. 297.

Be sure to include your name, address and phone number so that your legislators can identify you as their constituent. Additionally, ask them for a reply setting out how they intend to act. In all circumstances, be courteous.


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