Demand that the U.S.D.A take Horse meat of the menu now and ban all Horse slaughter in the United States.
The Horse meat ban that had been in place since 2007 was pushed through by congress November 18th 2011. What a day to tell the American people too (thanks giving day).
Horses are our best friends, and to be treated in such a manner is disgusting. President Barack Obama signed the bill to keep government afloat until 2011 there was no change though.
The GAO report concluded that the slaughter of American Horses didn't stop because of the ban, but simply shifted to Mexico and Canada. "From 2006 through 2010, U.S. horse exports for slaughter increased by 148 and 660 percent to Canada and Mexico, respectively," the GAO report states. "As a result, nearly the same number of U.S. horses was transported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter in 2010 -- nearly 138,000 -- as was slaughtered before domestic slaughter ceased."
As the 2012 agriculture appropriations bill moved through Congress this year, Rep. Jack Kingston R-Georgia, moved to strip out the USDA funding ban. A spokesman for Kingston, who is chairman of the House agriculture spending subcommittee, said the provision was ineffective in stopping slaughter, but it did kill jobs.
There is no U.S. market for the human consumption of Horse meat. But it is seen as a delicacy overseas, especially in some European and Asian countries. In addition, Horse meat has been used in the U.S. to feed zoo animals, because it's a good source of protein.
Farmers and some policymakers say the ban resulted in old Horses being abandoned and neglected. In response, Sen. Max Baucus D-Mont., successfully pushed for a provision requiring the non-partisan Government Accountability Office to study the impact of the ban. The GAO study, released in June, highlighted the concerns of Baucus and others.
Please sign and share this petiton to every animal and Horse lover you know, and save our equine friends from the plates of the consumer. Should the voice of the voiceles not be heard then we will take other measures to ensure that we gain the attention of the U.S.D.A and President Barack Obama.
"If you would like to help end horse slaughter, contact your Congressman and inform them. Ask him to cosponsor the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503)". (habitatforhorses.org)
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