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De-Funding of Horse Slaughter Inspections in Jeopardy

Update by Laura Allen of Animal Law Coalition

Congressional Intent to Fund Foreign Horse Slaughter Investors?

Photo by Terry Fitch

The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug, Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Committee has released its proposed appropriations budget for FY 2012.

The proposed bill does not include a provision de-funding inspections for horses to be slaughtered for human consumption. The proposed bill does not prohibit use of funds to inspect horses to be slaughtered for human consumption. The subcommittee report does not mention it.

It is the de-funding of these ante-mortem inspections in appropriations measures that has prohibited commercial horse slaughter for human consumption in the U.S. since 2007. Now, if the subcommittee bill passes, it could mean the return of commercial horse slaughter to the U.S.

Go here for more on the de-funding and the court decision that upheld it.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

The proposed budget bill will be voted on by the full House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 5 p.m. EST in Room 2359, Rayburn House Office Building.

This meeting will be webcast. Audio and video of the hearing will be available by clicking here. Audio only will be available by clicking here.

Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-2131 or the Committee’s number at (202) 225-2638, (202) 225-2771 for Republicans and (202) 225-3481 for Democrat members. Here are the names of committee members to ask for when you call. Go here to find the direct phone numbers of committee members and for your own U.S. representative.

Tell committee members and your own U.S. representative:  Vote no on the appropriations bill unless the committee retains the language defunding inspections of horses to be slaughtered for human consumption!

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  1. Slaughter Sue is doing her devils dance with this possibly happening EH ?? This mite be a good thing for Canada.. The slaughter company owners in Quebec have asked OUR goverment for grant money to upgrade the old plants.. Without the USA horses in the pipeline to hell ..That just makes it totally impossible to make a profit; as they claim the profits aren’t there as it is..And if old plants can’t make a profit .. How would a brand new system make money ?? Can’t see a lot of investers rushing in to support the building of new plants in the USA; if the Canadian plants can’t make a profit….And the canadian plants won’t have 50000 plus horses from the USA to feed the pipeline to Hell..That will shut our’s down, for sure..BUT it would only mean that our horses will go south again..Viscous dang circle when you look at the big picture..And the innocent keep paying for the greed..

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  2. This is terrible news. And on Such short notice!!!! With their shortage of money I just don’t see how they can do this. Of course, they did manage to find the $12,000,000 for the BLM!!@@#@%

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    • Most larger company’s in Canada can apply for operating grants ; these grants are specific.. plant upgrades/imported labour substasie’s..Free taxpayers money..And they quite often get them..Easy for our gov to hand the bucks out… just raise our taxes again..Or send a order down to the printer..Easy for my country to do this ;you see , we have millions of acres of trees for the paper to print it on..Little tougher for your country to print off more money; as they have to buy our trees first to make your paper..SO it’s easier to just give the BLM your tax dollar..to rid your lands of your horses..And make huge profits for your ranchers with that free grass land for their cows..And then turn around and sell you the high priced meat..Should be something sizzling on the BBQ…and it shouldn’t be beef.. EH??

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