Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will be deciding whether horse slaughter in the United States will remain illegal, as it has been since 2006. A pending agriculture bill includes an amendment that continues to prohibit spending funds to inspect horses destined for slaughter, which means that horses cannot be commercially slaughtered in the U.S.
More than 100,000 unwanted U.S. horses—including an estimated 10,000 castoff thoroughbred former racers—are sent to slaughter in Canada and Mexico every year.
PETA undercover investigators recently found a terrified thoroughbred mare named Coming Home—a granddaughter of Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled and cousin to Eight Belles—among discarded horses who were being sold for slaughter. Coming Home was hours away from death when a PETA investigator rescued her.
Congress votes on the agriculture bill tomorrow, Wednesday, June 15, so your reps need to hear from you today. Please pick up the phone right now and ask your representative to support the language in the Agriculture Appropriations bill to continue de-funding inspections of horses to be sent for slaughter for human consumption.
Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-2131 or go here to find the phone numbers of your U.S. representative.
Written by Jennifer O'Connor