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

Monday, October 30, 2006

Horse Slaughter Bill Needs a Big Push

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Horse Slaughter Bill Needs a Big Push, Now!

Following passage in the House of Representatives, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act is pending in the Senate. If approved, the measure would ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption and the domestic and international transport of live horses or horseflesh for the same purpose. Grassroots efforts from concerned constituents like you have made all the difference in this fight - please continue to contact your Senators!

We hope the bill will be voted on by the Senate when Congress reconvenes following the election, but there will be limited time available and only issues seen as essential are expected to be addressed. We need to be sure Congress recognizes that this legislation is critical, as approximately 2,000 horses are being hauled to slaughter and brutally killed with every week this bill awaits action in the Senate.


Please contact both of your Senators NOW, urging their co-sponsorship of S. 1915, the Senate companion bill to H.R. 503, AND requesting a vote on the legislation when they return in November after the elections. Last year, the Senate voted for a temporary ban on horse slaughter by a vote of 69 to 28. To see how your Senators voted on that measure, click here: If either of Senator voted for this ban, be sure to remind them of (and thank them for) this sensible position.

To find your Senators, click here: or call the Capitol Hill operator at (202) 224-3121 and request to be connected to their offices. For more information on horse slaughter and how you can help make a difference for America's horses, please click here:

Letters to Senators should be addressed to:
The Honorable (Name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Be sure to tell your legislators you would like to know their positions on this critical issues - and forward us their responses to assist our lobbying efforts.

Please share our "Dear Humanitarian" eAlert with family, friends and co-workers, and encourage them to contact their legislators, too. As always, thank you for your help!

Cathy Liss
Legislative Director

Monday, October 23, 2006

HSUS Asking You to Call to End Horse Slaughter

(from the latest HSUS alert)

Time is quickly running out! The U.S. Senate needs to take action on the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.

Congress reconvenes mid-November, but they will adjourn for the rest of the year only days later. If we do not shut the doors on the three remaining slaughterhouses now, we will have to begin this process again -- from square one -- when a new Congress convenes in January.

Our next National Call-In Day for Horses is this Wednesday, October 25, and we must flood Senate offices with phone calls, urging them to cosponsor S. 1915 as soon as they return from recess. Mark your calendars now.

Here's what you can do to help:

  1. Make the call Oct. 25. Call your two U.S. Senators or call the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121. If you're not sure what to say, try this: "I am a constituent and I am calling to ask that the Senator immediately protect our horses from slaughter and cosponsor S. 1915, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. I am very concerned about American horses and I don't want them slaughtered."
  2. Let us know you called. Follow up your phone calls by letting us know you called to support the end of horse slaughter in the United States. Click here to let us know you called.

Please take both steps! We must light up the phones in the Capitol because there already is very vigorous lobbying by the slaughter industry and its allies. We must counter them at every turn.

Thanks to actions from committed animal advocates like you, our last call-in day was a huge success. The House of Representatives' heard your voices and overwhelmingly passing the measure on Sept. 7 by a 263-146 margin, and if the Senate immediately follows suit, our horses will permanently be protected from the clutches of the slaughterhouse butchers.

Please encourage your friends and family to make the call, too. Your calls will not only make a difference, they will help make history. Help us end horse slaughter in the United States forever.


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