For the past few years the Agriculture Appropriations bill has had a provision that prohibits USDA funding of horse slaughter facilities. However, while no one was looking, Obama signed the bill without the provision last November, reversing the ban, despite a 2008 campaign promise to end horse slaughter cruelty.
On June 19, Rep. Jim Moran introduced an amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations bill that would block the use of federal funds for USDA inspections, which was passed by the House Appropriations Committee and will now move on to the House of Representatives for a vote on June 26.
Not only are the transport and slaughter procedures used for horses considered inhumane by citizens, industry professionals, animal protection groups and a number of professional organizations, including Veterinarians for Equine Welfare, allocating an estimated $5 million to fund USDA inspections of horse meat and perpetuating this cruelty at the expense of the taxpayer, which will only benefit foreign owned businesses, during an economic downturn is also reprehensible.
Please sign and share the petition asking the House of Representatives to support language in the Agriculture Appropriations bill to defund horse slaughter inspections and oppose any attempts to remove it.
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