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BAN HORSE SLAUGHTER NATIONWIDE
The Safeguard American Food Exports Act (SAFE Act) H.R.113 / S.1706 will ban Horse Slaughter operations in the U.S., end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horsemeat. Please urge your legislators to Co-Sponsor & Support the Safe Act and share this alert with your family, friends and colleagues!
PROTECT HORSES FROM THE CRUELTY OF SORING
Soring is used by unscrupulous trainers to deliberately inflict pain in order to exaggerate the high-stepping gait of their horses and gain unfair competitive advantage at horse shows. The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 1847) will amend the Horse Protection Act to end the industry’s failed system of self-policing, ban the use of devices implicated in the practice of soring, strengthen penalties, and make other reforms needed to finally end this torture. Please contact your U.S. representative and ask them to cosponsor the PAST Act!
HORSE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY ACT
Double-deck trailers are designed for livestock such as cattle and hogs, NOT horses. The Horse Transportation Safety Act (H.R.4040) will prohibit the hauling of horses on livestock trailers containing one level on top of the other. Hauling horses in double-deck trailers is dangerous and inhumane. These trailers don't provide sufficient headroom for horses to stand upright. As a result, they often endure long journeys in cramped positions and suffer serious injuries. Please contact your U.S. legislators and urge them to Co-Sponsor H.R.4040.
HELP PROTECT WILD HORSES AND BURROS
Wild horses and burros remain under a persistent siege at the direction of the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forestry Service, and various private land owners & organizations. The ongoing assault of rounding up herds, only to be warehoused in government holding facilities, must come to a halt. Tell your U.S. Representative and two federal Senators to push for humane management on the range using fertility control (PZP), which was recommended by The National Academy of Sciences.
ESTABLISH FEDERAL OVERSIGHT OF DRUG USE IN HORSE RACING
The Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 (H.R. 2625) will regulate the use of performance-enhancing drugs in racehorses. Federal oversight is necessary to set consistent and enforceable standards for racehorses nationwide. State commission rules are weak, vary in their application, and are largely unenforceable. It's time to bring an end to the rampant abuse that's costing thousands of horses their lives every year. Please contact your U.S. Representative and urge them to cosponsor and support H.R.2625!
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KEEP OUR NATION'S WILD BURROS ON AMERICAN SOIL
The Bureau of Land Management is undertaking a pilot program with the Department of Defense and Heifer International to export 100 burros to residents in Guatemala for use as working animals. This use is at odds with the provisions of Wild Horse and Burro Freedom Act, which requires that the BLM's first priority has to be the humane treatment of wild burros in their care. Guatemala has burros of its own and does NOT need shipments of burros from the United States. Contact the BLM and your legislators—tell them to keep our American Burros on U.S. soil!
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: BLM's WILD HORSE & BURRO ADVISORY BOARD
Submit your Nominations for the Bureau of Land Management's National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board! There are 3 open positions, which carry a three year term. The 3 categories are: "Wild Horse & Burro Advocacy", "Public Interest", and "Veterinary Medicine". To be considered for appointment, nominations must be submitted via email or fax by December 18, 2014, or postmarked by the same date.
TELL THE WHITE HOUSE YOU OPPOSE HORSE SLAUGHTER
NO TAX DOLLARS TO SUPPORT HORSE SLAUGHTER INSPECTIONS
On June 20, 2013, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee voted in favor of a provision that, if enacted into law, could halt any efforts to resume slaughtering horses for human consumption on U.S. soil. The amendment to the agriculture appropriations bill, which was offered by Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., and approved by the committee by voice vote, disallows spending by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on inspections at prospective horse slaughter plants in FY 2014, effectively preventing any from opening. On June 13, 2013, an identical amendment was passed by the House Appropriations, offered by Reps. Jim Moran, D-Va., and Bill Young, R-Fla.
VETO THE TENNESSEE AG-GAG BILL
On May 13, 2013, Governor Bill Haslam vetoed Tennessee "Ag-Gag" bill SB 1248/HB 1191. Animal protection groups,
First Amendment advocates and newspaper editorial boards across Tennessee opposed the bill, which would criminalize undercover investigations at agribusiness operations and horse stables. More than 300 Tennessee clergy also spoke out against the bill, as did several Tennessee celebrities, including Priscilla Presley, singers Carrie Underwood and Emmylou Harris, and Miss Tennessee USA 2013.