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Action Alert Courtesy of Shane Destry

Here are Useful Links to Tell Congress to Protect Our Wild Horses and To Abolish Horse Slaughter Via The SAFE Act H.R. 1942/S. 1214

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/815/963/372/save-the-last-of-our-native-wild-horses/
https://www.change.org/p/defund-and-stop-the-wild-horse-burro-roundups
https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/114/hr1942
http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/
http://www.usa.gov/Contact/US-Congress.shtml
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
http://www.senate.gov/…/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

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USDA DEfunds Horse Slaughter Plant Inspections in 2014 Budget

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Breaking News From | Equine Welfare Alliance

Secretary Vilsack has added language to the FY14 budget submission to DEFUND HORSE INSPECTIONS. While this does not impact the current budget, it is a clear indication that the USDA recognizes the dangers to our food supply and exports into the foreign food supply if horse slaughter was to resume in the US.

This is the first time the USDA has actually included the defunding language in the budget request.

A huge thank you to Secretary Vilsack for backing up his recent statements by making food safety a top priority in addition to not wanting to spend tax dollars inspecting horse slaughter facilities.

Here is the language:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/Appendix

Page 197 of Dept. of Agriculture Appendix

 

SEC. 725. None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to pay the salaries or expenses of personnel to-(1) inspect horses under section 3 of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 603); (2) inspect horses under section 903 of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 1901 note; Public Law 104127); or (3) implement or enforce section 352.19 of title 9, Code of Federal Regulations.

Send an Automatic Letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack ~ Prevent Horse Slaughter

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Advocates Opposing Horse Slaughter… This is a fast, easy action to take for Our Horses.

CLICK HERE to send an Automatic Letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The Animal Welfare Institute applauds Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for joining AWI and the majority of Americans who feel there are better, more humane, more responsible options for horses nearing the end of their lives or their careers than being slaughtered for meat.

Secretary Vilsack, while speaking with reporters earlier this week, called on Congress to come up with other ways for this country to handle aging horses than to slaughter them for meat for human consumption. Secretary Vilsack, a former governor of Iowa, noted that in his home state horses work with inmates in prisons, and that this helps prisoners acquire job skills for when they rejoin society.

An additional factor that weighs heavily in favor of Secretary Vilsack’s call for humane alternatives is the federal government’s growing budgetary crisis. If the Department of Agriculture were to resume inspection of horse slaughter facilities—something it has not done for several years—the department would be forced to divert limited manpower and funding in order to finance the effort because Congress did not provide additional funding when it removed the annual prohibition on inspecting these facilities.  The timing could not be worse, given the current congressional emphasis on shrinking, not expanding, government expenditures.

“A recent national survey found that over 80 percent of Americans support a ban on horse slaughter and Secretary Vilsack is right in representing that position,” said Heyde. “AWI urges everyone who supports an end to horse slaughter in favor of more humane and responsible alternatives to write Secretary Vilsack and urge him to work with Congress on passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act.”

Please share this AWI eAlert with family, friends and coworkers, and encourage them to write too. As always, thank you for your help; your action does make a difference!

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Looking For Alternatives To Horse Slaughter.

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Advocates Opposing Horse Slaughter… This is a fast, easy action to take for Our Horses.

CLICK HERE to send an Automatic Letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The Animal Welfare Institute applauds Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for joining AWI and the majority of Americans who feel there are better, more humane, more responsible options for horses nearing the end of their lives or their careers than being slaughtered for meat.

Secretary Vilsack, while speaking with reporters earlier this week, called on Congress to come up with other ways for this country to handle aging horses than to slaughter them for meat for human consumption. Secretary Vilsack, a former governor of Iowa, noted that in his home state horses work with inmates in prisons, and that this helps prisoners acquire job skills for when they rejoin society.

An additional factor that weighs heavily in favor of Secretary Vilsack’s call for humane alternatives is the federal government’s growing budgetary crisis. If the Department of Agriculture were to resume inspection of horse slaughter facilities—something it has not done for several years—the department would be forced to divert limited manpower and funding in order to finance the effort because Congress did not provide additional funding when it removed the annual prohibition on inspecting these facilities.  The timing could not be worse, given the current congressional emphasis on shrinking, not expanding, government expenditures.

“A recent national survey found that over 80 percent of Americans support a ban on horse slaughter and Secretary Vilsack is right in representing that position,” said Heyde. “AWI urges everyone who supports an end to horse slaughter in favor of more humane and responsible alternatives to write Secretary Vilsack and urge him to work with Congress on passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act.”

Please share this AWI eAlert with family, friends and coworkers, and encourage them to write too. As always, thank you for your help; your action does make a difference!

A Message to Horse Lovers ~ From a Kill Buyer

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Tim Sappington is the only paid employee of Valley Meats in Roswell, New Mexico ~ which currently has a pending application with the USDA to open a horse slaughter plant.

Click on this LINK for Tim’s Message to all Horse Lovers, and Animal Rights Activists.  WARNING:  The message is GRAPHIC.

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ANIMAL RIGHTS ADVOCATES ~TAKE ACTION NOW.

Below you will find a list of phone numbers to call in Chavez County where the slaughter house is planning on opening.

Sheriff – Non-Emergency 575-624-7590 – Administration 575-624-6500

Janetta B. Hicks, District Attorney – Phone: (575)622-4121 – Email: 5thDA@da.state.nm.us

Chaves County Manager – Stanton L. Riggs, Esq. – Phone: 575-624-6602 – Email: sriggs@co.chaves.nm.us

The Office of Governor Susana Martinez – Phone (505) 476-2200 or web contact: http://tinyurl.com/4olx7lv

We don’t necessarily agree with everything that PETA and HSUS do, but they are the nations largest animal welfare organizations and do have armies of lawyers and followers:

PETA 757-622-7382, option 2 email: http://www.peta.org/about/contact-peta/email-form.aspx

The Humane Society of the United States – Phone: 202-452-1100 – email: http://www.humanesociety.org/forms/contact_us/contact_equine_protection.html

Please send this link to the Video to all above email contacts.  https://www.dropbox.com/s/9pqiuwdaqb9hahb/animal%20rights%20message.mp4

Please also send link to this Action Alert, so all Targets will have background information.  https://allhorsesgotoheaven.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/a-message-to-horse-lovers-from-a-kill-buyer/

 

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“I’ve eaten horse meat for years,” said Sappington, who slaughters the animals himself and keeps a meat locker stocked at his home near Roswell, New Mexico.”

BACKGROUND | BLOOMBERG NEWS

Tim Sappington is ready to buy horses for Valley Meat Co., which is seeking to open the first U.S. horse slaughterhouse since 2007. Right now he’s the only paid employee, and he puts his money where his mouth is. 

Horse-Slaughter Jobs Tempting Even in State that Celebrates Them

Horse-Slaughter Jobs Tempting Even in State that Celebrates Them

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Valley Meat could soon become the nation’s only horse-slaughterer and the first since 2007. It is located about 9 miles outside of Roswell, New Mexico, near dairy farms and a ranch that advertises itself as the home of a Kentucky Derby winner and other prize horses. 

Horse-Slaughter Jobs Tempt Even in a State that Venerates Ponies

Horse-Slaughter Jobs Tempt Even in a State that Venerates Ponies

Sebastien Bozon/AFP via Getty Images

Health inspectors conduct a verification of the origin of meat in a supermarket in Besançon, France. While horsemeat itself is consumed in many nations, including China, Mexico, and Russia, its unacknowledged presence in U.K. meat set off an outcry in Europe earlier this year that devastated consumer demand for suddenly-suspect beef. Photographer: Sebastien Bozon/AFP via Getty Images 

Horse-Slaughter Jobs Tempting Even in State that Celebrates Them

Horse-Slaughter Jobs Tempting Even in State that Celebrates Them

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In Roswell, New Mexico, a community of about 50,000 known for its science-fiction tourists drawn by the legend of a UFO crash in the 1940s, residents are interested in the up to 100 jobs the company says it may create. Photographer: Amanda Crawford/Bloomberg

Tim eats horse meat. And he likes it.

“I’ve eaten it for years,” said Sappington, who slaughters the animals himself and keeps a meat locker stocked at his home near Roswell, New Mexico.

Sappington and others see the plan to reopen the shuttered cattle facility about 8 miles outside Roswell, near a ranch that is home to a Kentucky Derby winner, as a chance to reclaim jobs now going to Mexico.

The idea of killing horses for food has generated heated opposition from animal-welfare advocates who say it is cruel and could introduce unhealthy meat into the food supply, and it has spurred legislation in Congress to keep it from happening.

CLICK HERE to read more.

S541/HR1094.The Safeguard American Food Exports Act ~ Call Your Congresspersons, Ban Horse Slaughter

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CLICK HERE, and Scroll Down to the Bottom of the Page for ASPCA to send out your Email to your Federal Representatives and Senators.

CLICK HERE to find the Phone Number of your Federal Representatives and Senators.

SHARED FROM | ASPCA

URGENT: Tell Congress to Ban Horse Slaughter Once and for All!

NEW: S. 541/H.R. 1094—The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act
Sponsors: Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Representatives Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).
ASPCA Position: Support
Action Needed: Call and email your U.S. senators and representative in Washington, D.C., today to ask them to cosponsor the SAFE Act. Please thank them if they are already cosponsors!

Recent revelations that horse meat accidentally entered the food chain overseas have put a media spotlight on the issue of horse slaughter. It seems that horse slaughterers are incapable of preventing horse meat from mingling with their other products. If it can happen there, it can happen here. We’re happy to tell you that Congress is responding.

Just introduced in both chambers of Congress, The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act will prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the U.S. and ban their export abroad for that purpose. This bill will protect our nation’s horses from the predatory horse slaughter industry and protect the public from toxic horse meat.

The cruelties associated with horse slaughter are well-documented. Passage of the SAFE Act will not only ensure that predatory horse slaughterers cannot reopen their doors here in the U.S.—it will also stop the trafficking of horses to slaughterhouses over our borders.

As you know, horse slaughter isn’t a humane end for horses. There is no such thing as a commercial horse slaughter plant that does not inflict cruelty on horses. And horse slaughter is not only bad for horses, it’s also bad for people. Meat from American horses is unsafe for human consumption. Our horses are not raised as food animals; they are raised to be companions, sport competitors or work partners. Horses are routinely given medications and other substances that are toxic to humans and are expressly forbidden by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in animals intended for human consumption.

Enacting a ban on horse slaughter has never been more urgent! The USDA has announced its intention to approve a permit allowing a New Mexico slaughterhouse to begin slaughtering horses. Help us prevent this and any other slaughterhouses from butchering even a single American horse.

What You Can Do
Please take a moment to send a polite email to your federal legislators in Congress and urge them to cosponsor the SAFE Act (S. 541/H.R. 1094), a bill to ban the slaughter of American horses for human consumption.

We will automatically sort out for you if your legislator is a cosponsor, so you can thank them if they’ve already taken that step.

On behalf of our nation’s horses, thank you for your help!

CLICK HERE, and Scroll Down to the Bottom of the Page for ASPCA to send out your Email to your Federal Representatives.

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Fax The Committee ~ They Hold the Power to DEfunding USDA Inspections For Horse Slaughter

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CLICK HERE to send Free Faxes from your computer.  You do not need a fax machine, You do not need a credit card.

 Here are the Fax Numbers for the Full Senate Appropriations Committee.

  • Barbara Mikulski, Chairperson 202 224 8858.
  • Richard Shelby, Vice Chairman 202 224 3416
  • Mark Pryor 202 228 0908
  • Roy Blunt 202 224 8149
  • Diane Feinstein 202 228 3954
  • Jon Tester 202 224 8594
  • Tom Udall 202 228 3261
  • Jeff Merkley 202 228 3997
  • Tim Johnson 202 228 5765
  • Thad Cochran 202 224 9450
  • Mitch McConnell 202 224 2499
  • Susan Collins 202 224 2693
  • Jerry Moran 202 228 6966
  • John Hoeven 202 224 7999
  • Tom Harkin 202 224 9369

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We have just received word that the senate will indeed be opening the 2013 Ag appropriations bill next week.

They are adopting the bill passed by the house that does not have the defunding language. The house did not open discussions and carried over the existing language.

It is very important that you contact Senator Mikulski and the subcommittee members and ask that the language defunding horse inspections be restored.

Please Fax NOW as next week may be too late.