Federal American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (S. 1915)
The 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act
which as been subject to a stealth rider on the Dec 04 Appropriations Bill signed by the president and sponsored by Senator Conrad Burns of Montana. Wild equines now lose their legal status and can be sold at auction for any purpose including slaughter and as we know, The US 1958 Humane Slaughter Act is not enforced and half of the horses slaughtered go over seas for slaughter.
1. Sponsor a polite bill in your state which never mentions the word slaughter but gives a decision tree for how Estrays, old, sick, healthy, "excess", etc, horses shall be dispositioned. None of the dispostions in the "decision tree" are slaughter, but may include eithanasia or horse rescues etc. This effectively outlaws horse slaughter in your state without mentioning it.
In this way we can send a message state by state as well as save our horses state by state. WHOA has the foreboding that while there are 30,000 plus or minus wild horses in federal holding pens, a federal Anti-Horse Slaughter Act may be stalled though we are certainly not giving up on this for even a moment.
2. Take Action on the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) action webpage.
3. Organize THE RIDE FOR LIFE at your state's capitol during their legislative session.
4. Sponsor an Anti-Horse Slaughter Bill in your state. Start Now!
5. The Wild Horse Preservation Campaign- AWHPC is part of the National Wild Horse and Burro Planning Group, an ad hoc advisory committee working to formulate and coordinate a national strategy in response to the current crisis. Click on their site, educate yourself and others.
6. Write, email, fax, and call your US Senators and Representatives in support of the federal bill and your state's bill. See sample letters to New Mexican representative from last year below.
No bill could help our wild horses more than this! It is now legal for the BLM to sell wild horses at auction which then loose their wild horse status as soon as they are sold. This is due to the Conrad Burns (R-Montana) rider rider1.pdf on the Appropriations Bill signed by the president at the end of 2004,
Send Federal elected officials a letter of support for the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act
Here is a sample of some of the letters WHOA members have sent our Federal representatives. Please write your representatives as well, and feel free to borrow some of the ideas from these letters.
For New Mexicans:
Bingaman, Jeff- (D - NM)
Domenici, Pete- (R - NM)
Wilson, Heather- (R - NM)
Udall, Tom- (D - NM)
Pearce, Steve- (R - NM)
Texas Pro- Horse Slaughter Legislation Defeated
Two horse slaughter plants remain in operation in the US, both in Texas. Both have been operating in violation of Texas state law, although their federal lawsuit is forestalling prosecution by the Texas AG.
Some legislators in Texas tried to repeal the law, so that Horse Slaughter would be legal. However, the Humane Society and other groups and individuals deluged the legislators with messages and were able to get the repeal stopped.
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