The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Humane Society Files Lawsuit Against USDA Over Horse Slaughter

(the alert I received in my mailbox today...please visit to read more...)

Dear Teresa,

Thank you for speaking out for America's horses and urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to abandon its plan to industry to continue to slaughter our horses for human consumption overseas under a fee-for-inspection scheme. I am also grateful that you took the time to urge your members of Congress to act now and pass a permanent ban on horse slaughter.

I'm writing to update you on an important development in the fight to stop the slaughter of our horses. Since the USDA has ignored the will of Congress and the American people, The HSUS is taking the agency to court. Just this morning, we filed a lawsuit with a coalition of animal protection groups in federal court to block the USDA from carrying out its illegal plan. Concerned horse advocates like you helped us win a temporary ban on horse slaughter, which was set to go into effect on March 10, and we are not about to sit by and watch this victory slip away.

It is clear that we can not rely on the USDA alone. We must urge Congress today to pass a permanent ban on horse slaughter. It is the only way we can put our horses out of the reach of agency bureaucrats who will apparently do anything to keep American horsemeat flowing to French and Belgian chefs. Their actions are shameless, and they must be stopped!

Spread the word. Most people are shocked to learn that our horses are being slaughtered and shipped overseas for human consumption. Click here to tell your friends and family how they can help end horse slaughter.

Thank you for continuing to stand with us and the horses. With your help, I know we can prevail and save tens of thousands of American horses from the butcher block. We all must take action now to save these horses from a grim and painful end.


Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States


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