Horses are not raised as food animals, and Americans do not consume horse meat (it is shipped overseas for foreign diners). Horse slaughter is an utterly inhumane enterprise. It is not humane euthanasia, and the transport and butchering processes are terribly cruel--these systems were not developed for equines and never intended for use on them.
The last horse slaughter plants on U.S. soil were closed in 2007, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently began to process applications for plants that wish to begin slaughtering horses. L.D. 1286 will prevent one of these brutal, polluting slaughter plants from wreaking havoc on Maine's economy, environment and local communities.
In addition, L.D. 1286 presents a critical opportunity to block the use of Maine as an artery in the transport of horses to Canadian slaughterhouses.Maine should follow the lead of other states, including New Jersey, California, Texas and Illinois, that have already banned horse slaughter and/or the sale of horses or horse meat for human consumption.
What You Can Do
Our opposition—proponents of horse slaughter—wasted no time in rolling out campaigns to stop this bill. The only way to win is to make our voices as strong as theirs! House representative needs to hear from animal advocates in great numbers NOW, or this important equine-protection measure will not pass the House or go to the Senate for a vote.
Please take actions:
1) Please call the Maine House representatives. Calling is quick, easy and the best way to reach Maine legislators! Look up state rep’s name and number here. A polite, courteous phone call is the best way to interact directly with your representative. Your message can be as simple as “I ask you to please pass L.D. 1286 to ban horse slaughter this year."
2) If you're a Maine resident, you can use the ASPCA form to quickly email your House representative and urge him/her to pass L.D. 1286. Please personalize your message if you are able. It will mean much more to your legislator if you share your own experiences and thoughts on the issue.