Jul 3, 2013 Congressional Issues
LANGHORNE, PA - Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Wednesday regarding the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) approval of a New Mexico company’s horse processing plant which could pave the way for the resumption of horse slaughter in the United States:
“I am deeply troubled by the USDA’s decision to allow an American company to resume the brutal and unnecessary practice of horse slaughter.
In approving the application of a plant in New Mexico- and reports that several more facilities could follow- the USDA’s decision flies in the face of both my constituents and congressional opinion. Horse slaughter has been banned across the nation since 2006, and a reversal of that ban fails to address the safety and humane concerns of exporting horse meat for human consumption.
like-minded lawmakers to reverse this decision. This is a non-partisan issue- we can all agree: there is no place for horse slaughter in the U.S.”
“Representative Fitzpatrick has exhibited outstanding leadership on animal welfare legislation,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “We are very grateful for his support in creating a more humane world.”
Fitzpatrick has championed animal welfare bills,including:
•Co-sponsor, Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act [HR835]: Cracks down on abusive "puppy mills" in the
United States, where breeding dogs are often stacked in wire cages for years to produce litter after litter.
•Co-sponsor, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (PAST) Act [H.R. 6388]: Strengthens enforcement of anti-soring regulations
and help end the practice of soring by horse trainers.
•Co-sponsor, Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act [HR 2492]: Establishes misdemeanor penalties for knowingly
attending an organized animal fight and felony penalties for bringing a minor to such a fight.
•Original co-sponsor, American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act [HR 2966]: Prohibits the transport (including export) of horses for slaughter for human consumption.