The Humane Society of the United States - 6.24.08 | Issues: Horse Slaughter
Thanks to the hard work of activists, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503/S. 311) is steadily gaining support in Congress. However, a new threat to this bill has emerged. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), an organization made up of state lawmakers from across the country, will consider a pro-slaughter resolution at its annual meeting in July. This short-sighted resolution, would ask Congress NOT to pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, and could pressure federal legislators into inaction.
We must not allow NCSL to be on record as opposing federal action on this issue. We must block this resolution, which could give Congress yet another excuse to continue to allow the cruel and inhumane slaughter of American horses in Mexico and Canada.
Ironically, it's the state legislatures that have acted recently to end horse slaughter -- shutting down the last remaining slaughter plants in Illinois and Texas -- and this resolution flies in the face of that strong record in the states on horse protection.
Please call your state representative, Diane Patrick, at (512) 463-0624 and state senator, Kim Brimer, at (512) 463-0110 to urge opposition to any pro-slaughter resolution at the NCSL annual meeting.
When you call, you will likely speak to a staff member who can pass your message along to your legislator. Please remember to be polite and professional, and leave your name and address so it is clear that you are a constituent. You can say:
"Hello, my name is [your name] and I'm calling from [your town] to urge [legislator's name] to oppose any pro-slaughter resolution at the National Conference of State Legislatures' annual meeting in July. We need to end the cruel and inhumane slaughter of American horses in Canada and Mexico for food exports."
Thank you for all you do for animals.
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States