News from the ASPCA on the upcoming vote on the Agriculture Appropriations bill.
Dear Animal Advocates,
Great news! Congress is busy setting the federal budget for fiscal year 2013, and on June 19, Rep. Jim Moran’s amendment to block use of taxpayer dollars for horse slaughter inspections was approved by the House Appropriations Committee! This is a great victory for horses, but unless we fight to keep this prohibition in the Agriculture Appropriations bill, horse slaughter plants may return to the U.S.
The next step is for the entire U.S. House of Representatives to vote on the Agriculture Appropriations bill. The vote will happen this coming Tuesday (June 26). You can help us change the course of history by contacting your federal representative TODAY and urging him or her to oppose any new amendment that would allow horse slaughter in the U.S.
The Agriculture Appropriations bill has included a prohibition on federal funding for horse slaughter inspections every year since 2005—until last year, when Congress failed to include language banning inspections. As a result, precious tax dollars are now at risk of supporting the return of this barbaric practice. The pro-slaughter industry is hard at work looking for locations around the country to set up shop and lobbying intensely against efforts to defund horse slaughter. We must stay committed to this fight and ensure that Capitol Hill continues to hear our message to protect horses!
Contact the ASPCA Advocacy Center online and support the amendment.