Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Help to Abolish the Slaughter of Horses for Human Consumption

Another easy action.

From The Humane Society of the United States - www.hsus.org

In the past few months, The Humane Society of the United States
and the Humane Society Legislative Fund have made critical
progress in protecting our country's wild and domestic horses
from slaughter. With your help, we successfully lobbied the U.S.
House of Representatives to abolish the slaughter of horses for
human consumption abroad.

Right now, we have an opportunity to finish this work - and stop
horse slaughter for good - by focusing our energies on the U.S.
Senate.

When U.S. Senators come back to work in just a few weeks, we
expect them to immediately introduce legislation that will ban
the transport, possession, purchase, or sale of horses to be
slaughtered for human consumption overseas. That means we have
only a few weeks to gather all our forces to make sure this
critical legislation passes.

It will not be easy. Our opponents - the livestock industry with
its deep, deep pockets - have persuaded many legislators that
American horses should be slaughtered and their meat shipped
overseas to diners in Belgium, France, and other countries.

It is sickening to think about, but the extent of this awful
"market" is shocking. Last year alone, more than 65,000 American
horses were killed in the United States and processed for human
consumption. In addition, thousands of live horses were
transported across the border to Canada for slaughter. After
these horses are killed, their flesh is shipped to Europe and
Asia for human consumption.

This grotesque and inhumane practice must be stopped. Please,
help us raise $100,000 to ensure that the legislation passes,
despite our opponents' efforts to stop it.

The weeks ahead are critical to our efforts to stop the
slaughter of these beautiful animals, and your support will help
us move ever closer to victory. I hope that I can count on your
contribution to help protect America's horses from needless
slaughter.

Thank you for all you do on behalf of animals.

Sincerely,

Mike Markarian
President
Humane Society Legislative Fund

P.S. The cruelty of horse slaughter is not limited to the act of
killing the animals. Horses bound for slaughter are frequently
shipped long distances and are usually not rested, fed, or
watered during travel. Economics, not humane considerations,
dictate the conditions, including crowding as many horses into
trucks as possible. Help put an end to these inhumane practices.

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