Horse Slaughter in the News
Slaughtering Horses is Cruel
April 7, 2006, Christopher J. Heyde,
Unlike the mythical tale of the Trojan horse,
horse slaughter in the United States is a cold, brutal and
senseless act played out daily in the three foreign-owned
slaughterhouses in Texas and Illinois.
The debate over whether horses should be slaughtered in this
country for human consumption abroad is one that deserves the
dissemination of accurate information, unlike what lobbyist
Charlie Stenholm recently put forth in the recent commentary
"Meat plant ban a Trojan Horse."
Mr. Stenholm would like the public to believe that horse
slaughter is a common option used by horse owners, when, in
fact, less than 1 percent of all horses in this country end up
at slaughterhouses. The overwhelming majority of horses are
brought in by middlemen known as "killer buyers" working for the
plants who do not reveal their true business when buying horses
from unsuspecting sellers.
An estimated 900,000 horses in this country die naturally or are
humanely euthanized and disposed of properly each year. It is
illogical to conclude that by ending horse slaughter, we would
be overwhelmed with bodies or even live horses. As one person
noted, "it is a wild assumption that every horse will die the
same day, week, month or even year."
Sadly, wild assumptions are what the pro-slaughter folks want
the public and legislators to base their decisions on, because
they have no evidence to support their position that horse
slaughter in America is necessary.
Thankfully, the overwhelming majority of American horse owners
realize that horse slaughter is not euthanasia by any
definition. They do what is right by having a veterinarian
humanely euthanize their horses when the time comes, an expense
which is less than one month's board for the average horse
Christopher J. Heyde, a former Republican
Senate staffer and Army veteran, is currently with the Society
for Animal Protective Legislation
Rejects Most of Lawsuit Seeking End to Horse Slaughter
March 15, 2006, (AP)
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the slaughter of horses
for meat may continue in the United States, thwarting an effort
by the Humane Society and some in Congress to stop the practice.
American horse meat is sold mostly for human consumption in
Europe and Asia. Some goes to US zoos.
US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in Washington
rejected most of a Humane Society case, ruling that the group is
not entitled to sue over its allegation that Congress intended
to ban horse slaughter.
Horse Slaughter Ban at Risk
January 5, 2006
Chris Heyde, Policy Analyst,
Your immediate action is needed to help maintain the ban on the
slaughter of horses in the United States for human consumption
abroad. With the help of constituents like you, we
convinced Congress to pass an amendment to the 2006 Agriculture
Appropriations Bill that prohibits the
use of your tax dollars from being used to fund the federally
mandated inspection of horses to be slaughtered for human
consumption, thereby protecting America's horses from slaughter.
The measure was overwhelmingly approved in both the House of
Representatives and the Senate, and it
was made official on Nov. 10, 2005 when the President signed the
2006 Agriculture Appropriations Bill into law. However,
the horse slaughter industry refuses to give up-and as a result,
the ban on horse slaughter is at risk.
We recently learned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is
considering a petition surreptitiously submitted by the three
foreign-owned horse slaughterhouses in the United States which
would enable the horse slaughter industry to fund the
inspections of horses for slaughter. If the petition is
granted, the horse industry's crooked plot would allow the
slaughter of tens of thousands of horses for human consumption
in 2006. This would circumvent Congressional intent and
fly in the face of the will of the American people.
WHAT YOU CAN DO::
Please contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike
Johanns as soon as possible and urge him to deny the petition
for horse slaughter
Secretary Mike Johanns
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20250
Please share our "Dear Humanitarian" with family, friends and
co-workers, and encourage them to contact Secretary Johanns,
too. For more information on horse slaughter
and our campaign to end this tragic practive please visit:
http://www.saplonline.org/horses.htm Thank you very
much for your help!
Sincerely, Chris Heyde
Society for Animal Protective Legislation
Posted on January, 09, 2006
USDA MAKES END RUN AROUND CONGRESSIONAL HORSE SLAUGHTER BAN
Chris Heyde, 202-423-8689, email@example.com,
Federal Agency Considers New Scheme to Slaughter American
Horses for Human Consumption, Say Humane Groups
WASHINGTON (January 5, 2006)- Lawyers for Society for Animal
Protective Legislation, Doris Day Animal League, The Humane
Society of the United States, American Humane Association, and
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals today
delivered a 17-page letter to Secretary of Agriculture Mike
Johanns demanding that the U.S. Department of Agriculture pull
in the reins on a plan to continue the slaughter of American
horses for human consumption in France, Belgium, Japan, and
other countries. Last year the U.S. House of Representatives
voted 269-158 and the U.S. Senate voted 69-28 to stop the
slaughter of horses for Fiscal Year 2006.
The USDA recently informed members of Congress that it is
seriously considering creating a new horse inspection scheme to
circumvent the new federal law, which prohibits USDA from paying
employees to inspect horses destined for slaughter for human
food. This announcement comes as a
result of a petition for emergency rulemaking filed by three
European-owned slaughterhouses - two in Texas, one in Illinois -
that would allow the companies to continue butchering tens of
thousands of horses for foreign menus each year.
"It is beyond our imagination in the U.S. Congress that the USDA
would flout its mandate and spend tax dollars in the coming
months working on ways to circumvent this law," said U.S. Rep.
John Sweeney (R-NY). "Even our most hardened opponents knew that
the purpose of the amendment was
to stop horse slaughter -- there was never any confusion about
that. It's disturbing that an agency like USDA feels it is
appropriate to obstruct a law passed by an overwhelming,
bipartisan majority in Congress when their sole mission is to
implement the law."
After suffering a sweeping, bipartisan defeat in Congress, the
horse slaughter industry has quietly petitioned the USDA to
establish a "fee-for-service" inspection system for horse
slaughter in lieu of federally funded inspections, which
Congress voted to end. The plants have asked
that the USDA implement this change without notifying the public
or following normal rulemaking procedures, claiming that it is
in the "public's interest" to keep this maneuver secret.
"The USDA is playing games and ignoring the directives of
Congress while the lives of America's horses, who have served us
faithfully and provided us with companionship, are at stake,"
said Michael Markarian, executive vice president of The HSUS.
"By even entertaining this eleventh-hour bid by the
slaughterhouses to re-write the law, the USDA is thumbing its
nose at Congress and trying to substitute the judgment of
foreign gourmands for the judgment of our elected lawmakers."
In its letter to Secretary Johanns, animal welfare groups
pointed out that the fee-for-service proposal "would not only
thwart an unequivocally expressed Congressional directive, it
would also violate the Federal Meat Inspection Act's requirement
that the United States Department of
Agriculture, not private facilities, fund horse slaughter
inspection." The groups have called on the USDA to deny
petitioners' request for expedited rulemaking and implement
Congress' clear mandate to halt the slaughter of horses for
"Granting this petition would set a damning precedent," said
Holly Hazard, executive director of the Doris Day Animal League.
"In circumventing the clear intent of our legislators to cease
certain federal programs and simply buying the services of the
executive branch without any
policy directive from Congress, special interests will thwart
"Why is the USDA acting in defense of three foreign-owned horse
slaughter plants engaged in a brutal trade?" asked Chris Heyde,
policy analyst for the Society for Animal Protective
Legislation. "The barbarity America's horses currently
endure must be stopped as Congress has stated loud and clear.
Congress sought to shut down the slaughter of American horses,
not merely change the method by which inspections are funded."
While Congress has voted to end horse slaughter for most of one
fiscal year, animal protection groups are lobbying for the
passage of H.R. 503 and S. 1915, a permanent ban on horse
slaughter for food, introduced by U.S. Reps. John Sweeney
(R-NY), John Spratt (D-SC), and Ed Whitfield
(R-KY) in the House, and U.S. Senators John Ensign (R-NV) and
Mary Landrieu (D-LA) in the Senate.
The organizations are represented by Meyer Glitzenstein &
Crystal, a Washington, DC, public interest law firm.
The Society for Animal Protective Legislation, a division of the
Animal Welfare Institute, is devoted to passage of animal
welfare laws. The Society, the oldest organization
dedicated to enacting and improving humane legislation, has
substantially aided the passage of more than 15
federal laws including the Animal Welfare Act, the Humane
Slaughter Act and the Horse Protection Act.
Founded by Doris Day in 1987, the Doris Day Animal League is
America's leading lobbying organization dedicated to focusing
attention on legislative issues involving the humane treatment
of animals. For more information on the Doris Day Animal
League and its work to end horse
slaughter, please visit
Posted on January, 09, 2006
Warning To Pet/Horse Owners In Stricken Areas
repost Friday, Sep. 09, 2005 at 6:40 AM
PLEASE CALL AND TELL YOUR SENATOR TO PASS THIS BILL!!
Senate is still expected to vote on our amendment stopping horse
slaughter for a year. Be sure to pass the alert around for
people to call.
The US Senate is poised to vote on legislation to stop the
brutal slaughter of American horses for human consumption in
foreign countries. An identical measure by Congressmen John
Sweeney (R-NY) and John Spratt (D-SC) passed overwhelmingly in
the US House of Representatives on June 8.
Senator John Ensign (R-NV), one of only two veterinarians in
Congress, and Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) are expected to
introduce an amendment to the Senate Agriculture
Appropriations bill that prohibits the use of any federal
taxpayer funds to slaughter horses.
Please take a moment to contact your Senators TODAY,
urging his or her immediate support of the
Ensign/Byrd amendment to the Senate Agriculture Appropriations
Bill. The Senate will consider the amendment
during the week of Sept. 19 (most likely on Tuesday, Sept.
20), so your immediate assistance is critical.
on September 15, 2005
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