From the Animal Welfare Institute
November 9, 2011
URGENT eALERT: Constituent-Only Phone Calls Needed: Keep Taxpayers From Funding U.S. Horse Slaughter Inspections!
Your help is needed on behalf of our nation’s horses. Until 2007, three foreign-owned slaughterhouses in the U.S. butchered horses for markets in Europe and Asia, where horse meat is considered a delicacy. Because of tremendous opposition from the American public and horse owners, Congress has prevented horse slaughter in the U.S. by putting language in its annual Agriculture Appropriations Bill prohibiting your tax dollars from being used to inspect horse meat. This language is in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill the House passed just a few months ago.
Even though the current Congress claims it is trying to reduce government spending, a couple of Members are trying to resume funding for inspections of horse slaughterhouses—a step that could allow them to reopen on U.S. soil! Unless the American people speak up, two or three Members of Congress will succeed in blocking the will of the American public and the majority of Congress without any say in the matter. They will quietly remove the language without a vote and that is not how our Congress should operate.
Check out the list below to see if you have either a U.S. Senator or Representative serving on the Conference Committee that is currently debating the Agriculture Appropriations Bill. This committee will play a pivotal role in determining whether horse slaughter returns to the United States. You may have an elected official in a key position to help retain this important language defunding inspections of horse slaughter facilities and he/she needs to hear from you TODAY!
What You Can Do
Because Congress is acting on this issue right now, a call is the best option for having your voice heard. Place a brief, polite phone call to your legislator and say:
“As a constituent (and if you own a horse let them know), I ask that you retain language in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill that bans the use of our limited tax dollars to fund horse slaughterhouse inspections. Maintaining this prohibition is of great importance to me and I will be watching for the final outcome.”
Making the call will be fast and easy, and could make a real difference for thousands of American horses while we work to pass a permanent ban on horse slaughter. You can also check out AWI’s Compassion Index to see how your legislator stands on the issue of horse slaughter and other animal protection measure.
Please ONLY call the legislator listed alongside the state you live in:
Alabama: Senator Richard Shelby (202) 224-5744
Arkansas: Senator Mark Pryor (202) 224-2353
Arizona: Representative Ed Pastor (202) 225-4065
California: Senator Dianne Feinstein (202) 224-3841
Connecticut: Representative Rosa DeLauro (202) 225-3661
Florida: Representative Bill Young (202) 225-5961
Georgia: Representative Jack Kingston (202) 225-5831
Hawaii: Senator Daniel Inouye (202) 224-3934
Iowa: Senator Tom Harkin (202) 224-3254
Kansas: Senator Jerry Moran (202) 224-6521
Kentucky: Senator Mitch McConnell (202) 224-2541
Massachusetts: Representative John Olver (202) 225-5335
Maryland: Senator Barbara Mikulski (202) 224-4654
Maine: Senator Susan Collins (202) 224-2523
Missouri: Senator Roy Blunt (202) 224-5721
Mississippi: Senator Thad Cochran (202) 224-5054
North Carolina: Representative David Price (202) 225-1784
North Dakota: Senator John Hoeven (202) 224-2551
Nebraska: Senator Ben Nelson (202) 224-6551
Ohio: Senator Sherrod Brown (202) 224-2315
Pennsylvania: Representative Chaka Fattah (202) 225-4001
South Dakota: Senator Tim Johnson (202) 224-5842
Texas: Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (202) 224-5922
Virginia: Representative Frank Wolf (202) 225-5136
Washington: Representative Norm Dicks (202) 225-5916
Wisconsin: Senator Herb Kohl (202) 224-5653
Please help us to alert everyone that their calls are vital to keep limited tax dollars from being used to slaughter American horses. Be sure to share this Dear Humanitarian eAlert with friends, family and coworkers, and encourage them to take action today!
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