On
Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the agriculture appropriations
bill for fiscal year 2013, meaning that it will have to decide whether to continue
to use taxpayer dollars to fund equine slaughter inspections. Last year, horse slaughter began again in
the U.S.
after the government
approved federal funds for inspections for the first time since 2005. But this
year, Rep. Jim Moran from Virginia introduced an amendment—which the House House Appropriations Committee
approved—prohibiting funds from being spent on horse slaughter inspections. Now
the full House must decide whether to allow horses to be shot in the head and strung
up by one leg before having their throats slit so that people can profit from
the sale of their flesh.

Moran’s
amendment would get us one step closer to ending horse slaughter, but there is
still a loophole. Horse-flesh dealers could still send horses to Canada or
Mexico to be slaughtered, as they did during the years when no equine
slaughterhouses were operating in the U.S. In addition to a painful and
terrifying death, a PETA
investigation
revealed that horses
were crammed into transport trucks and sent on grueling journeys of more than
1,000 miles in subfreezing conditions during which time they were never given food
or water or a chance to get out and stretch their legs.

The
Moran amendment echoes the feelings of the 80 percent of Americans who do not
believe that horses should be slaughtered for their flesh, but in order to
close the loophole, Congress must also pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011, which states that
horses may not be shipped to slaughter outside the country. Please contact your
members of Congress today to urge them to support this crucial legislation
.

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Article source: PETA Files

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