In 2007, horse slaughter was banned in the U.S. Foreign owned slaughter plants in Illinois and Texas were shut down for good and funding for USDA inspection of plants was cut off.
Language to prevent funding has been included in every Agriculture Appropriations bill ever since. This afternoon the House Appropriations Committee will vote on the Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, and for the first time this language has not been included.
Without USDA inspections, no slaughter plants can be opened in the U.S. Taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot the bill for an inhumane practice that only benefits foreign companies.
Visit the Wild Horse Preservation Campaign to learn more and find phone numbers for members of the House Appropriations Committee and contact your representative to express your opposition to horse slaughter.
You can also call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3131 or the Committee’s number at (202) 225-2638.
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