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Speaker Pelosi: Bring the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, H.R. 503, to a Vote by the Full House of Representatives IMMEDIATELY!!!

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on September 20, 2010


Christy Lee September 20 at 8:04am

U.S. Representative James Moran is circulating a letter to all members of the House of Representatives for their signature. Once signatures have been gathered, Rep. Moran and members of the House of Representatives will present the letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The letter calls on Speaker Pelosi to bring the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, H.R. 503, to a vote by the full House of Representatives immediately.”
I just spoke to my Congressman Alcee Hastings’ office. His clerk said he would make sure that Congressman Hastings got the message regarding getting on Jim Moran’s letter. I also let him know that we have representatives in Washington, DC today, and he might be able to get some great press if he helped with this… It’s easy, follow this link and your reps number is there:

The full details and Cong. Moran’s letter are below:

by Christy Lee on Friday, September 17, 2010 at 6:16pm

via Equine Welfare Alliance:  U.S. Representative James Moran is circulating the letter set out below to all members of the House of Representatives for their signature. Once signatures have been gathered, Rep. Moran and members of the House of Representatives will present the letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The letter calls on Speaker Pelosi to bring the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, H.R. 503, to a vote by the full House of Representatives immediately.

Equine Welfare Alliance and Animal Law Coalition urge you to call on your U.S. representative to sign this letter now! Visit this site to find the name and contact information for your U.S. representative in Washington: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/   You can also call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your U.S. representative.  The letter must be signed by Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010. It is best to call or fax your representative. Tell your representative that you urge him or her to sign on as a co-sponsor and contact Rep. Moran and sign the letter calling on Speaker Pelosi to schedule a vote on the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, H.R. 503. Be sure to tell your representative that you live in his or her district and ask for a copy of the letter with your representative’s signature!  Go here to find out if your rep is already a co-sponsor and, if so, urge him or her to sign the letter! 

H.R. 503 will put an end to the slaughter of American horses.  Only a federal law can stop this tragedy. As John Holland, founder and president of Equine Welfare Alliance, put it, “Horse slaughter is not a ‘necessary evil’, as the industry claims, it is simply evil.  Now is our opportunity to resign this practice to the dust bin of American history.”  

On behalf of Equine Welfare Alliance and Animal Law Coalition, we thank you for the difference you are making for the horses.

September xx, 2010
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Office of the Speaker of the House
H-232, The U.S. Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Madame Speaker:

We write to you in strong support of the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 503), legislation to ban the slaughter of American horses for human consumption and prevent the export of live horses for the same purpose. With 183 bipartisan cosponsors in the House, 28 in the Senate, and tremendous public support, we urge you to allow this bill a vote in the House.

Equine slaughter is inhumane by nature. Horses have a fractious reaction to the stress induced by chutes, kill boxes, puntilla knives and captive bolt stun systems, causing these animals to suffer immensely and die an inhumane death. These animals are subjected to brutal transport conditions on their way to slaughter facilities. In addition, the consumption of horsemeat poses a serious public health threat as this meat contains substances banned for human consumption by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

Since 2005, Congress has repeatedly voted to shut down the cruel practice of horse slaughter and included appropriations language to defund the USDA inspection of horses and horsemeat as a stopgap measure until a permanent federal ban is passed. The last three horse slaughter plants on U.S. soil were closed by enforcement of state law in Texas and a recently enacted ban on horse slaughter in Illinois. As you know, California overwhelmingly banned horse slaughter over a decade ago, and the state legislature just passed a resolution in favor of passing the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act.

Still, American horses continue to be sent over the border for human consumption. Since January of this year, approximately 53,850 horses have been transported across our nation’s borders into the cruelty of slaughter in Mexico and Canada. This number amounts to about 100,000 horses annually, 1,500 per week, or one every five minutes.

As cosponsors of H.R. 503, we, along with millions of Americans and animal protection organizations such as the Animal Welfare Institute and the Humane Society of the United States, urge you to bring this bill to the House floor for a vote. 

Thank you in advance for your consideration of this critical legislation.

Best regards,

(U.S. Rep._______________)

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6 Responses to “Speaker Pelosi: Bring the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, H.R. 503, to a Vote by the Full House of Representatives IMMEDIATELY!!!”

  1. Donna Buscemi said

    Even if this gets through the house it will probably sit in the Senate as they have done with Equine legislation over the past few years.
    Donna

    • tracielynnthompson@yahoo.com said

      Well I guess we’ll just have to stay on their behinds as well!
      I tell ya, it just burns my hide to rawsin that they sit on anything animal-related, but more so on the Equine bills! I don’t believe I’ve ever in my life seen an animal more *under*appreciated and less of a priority than an Equine! What is wrong with these freakin’ selfish, ungrateful a-holes!?
      MF*T*

  2. Linda said

    Just spoke with a woman at Rep. Lunjan’s D.C. office who said she knew nothing about the letter, but would get my message to him. Then I called his District Office and spoke to another woman who said she knew all about the letter and would add my name to a LIST of supporters she was sending to D.C. IMMEDIATELY.

    Yes, the Senate will be the sticking point, but the bill has to go forward before we can lean on our Senators. The Senate is such an antiquated body. I heard something about the contrast in the number of voters represented in Delaware vs. California – something like 700,000 to 18 MILLION. My numbers may be off, but it’s still UNBELIEVABLY out of proportion!!!

  3. K Richardson said

    Trying to make “heads or tails” of all the web info out there. Have we or have we not, stopped this insane human behavior against the very animals and on their backs that our civilization was created? How disrespectful and disconnected have some become? And some of these people are allowed to have children? No wonder so many children are abused.

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