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Slaughterhouses attempt end run on Horse Slaughter Ban

  Petition presented to circumvent slaughter ban
Story date: January 6, 2006
Please note: On February 8, 2006, the USDA published a rule that would thwart the horse slaughter ban passed by Congress. Please see USDA Makes End Run on Horse Slaughter Ban.

Washington, DC

Horse advocacy groups and an overwhelming number of American citizens persuaded Congress to place a moratorium on horse slaughter in the U.S. arguing that horse slaughter simply benefitted three foreign corporations and went against traditional and religious American morals with respect to eating our horses or pets.

Congress passed an amendment to the 2006 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that would prohibit Federal tax dollars from being used to fund the federally mandated inspection of horses to be slaughtered for human consumption, thereby eliminating horses from the slaughter "product stream." This amendment was overwhelmingly approved in both the House and the Senate, and became part of the 2006 Agriculture Appropriations Bill.

The three foreign-owned slaughterhouses recently petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture for permission for the horse slaughter industry to fund the inspections of horses for slaughter. If the petition is granted, the horse slaughterhouse industry would in fact defy the will of Congress and the American public, and most likely tens of thousands of more horses would be slaughtered for human consumption in 2006.


The following suggestions were posted by Trina Bellak, President of the American Horse Defense Fund.

Please contact the USDA Secretary Mike Johanns now and urge him to deny the petition for horse slaughter. Timing is very sensitive. If your Senator(s) or US Representative is a cosponsor of either bill, or voted for the amendment, also call them and ask if they will contact Johanns about this!!!!

    Secretary Mike Johanns
    Phone: 202-720-3631 ( OR ) 202-720-9133 ASK for Brandon and give him your info
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20250
    E-mail: Mike.Johanns@usda.gov

In addition, due to the severity of this situation we are asking that you also call the following and voice your opinion. Please ask them to relay your concerns to the proper person (s) ! Please make sure that you tell them that considering the idea of allowing the three horse slaughter plants to pay for their own inspections should NOT be allowed by the USDA and the consequences of doing so will result in a total end of TRUST in the USDA. Not to mention, a bill was passed and signed into legislation by THE PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA forbidding the plants to continue killing horses as usual.

    Ben Dinsmore 202-690-3774
    Congressional & Public affairs (USDA)
    Ask for Ndidi A. Mojay
    She is with :
    Office of Public Affairs, Education and Outreach
    Congressional and Public Affairs

    Meat and Poultry Hotline

    The President of the United States
    President Bush
    Comments: 202-456-1111
    Switchboard: 202-456-1414
    FAX: 202-456-2461

Horse advocates request that this information be distributed wherever appropriate to animal and horse advocacy lists and interest groups. A suitable public response must be received and considered before the petition is granted.

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