US Senate ignores horse slaughter issue as House passes infrastructure bill



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Executive Director of Animal Wellness Action Marty Irby

Executive Director of Animal Wellness Action Marty Irby

Wayne Pacelle

Wayne Pacelle

Senate inaction rallies horse advocates to lobby against passage of infrastructure package if passed by House

We are disappointed that the Senate continues to view the ongoing slaughter of tens of thousands of horses as anything but an urgent matter. “

– Marty Irby, Executive Director of Animal Wellness Action

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, Aug 10, 2021 / – Today the US Senate passed a trillion dollar infrastructure bill with no provisions banning the export of live horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter for human consumption, jeopardizing the anti-slaughter provision comfortably passed in the House over a month ago by a voice vote. The Senate assembled its infrastructure bill again, taking the bill and House number HR 3684, the INVEST law, but not much else. The Senate effectively withdrew an amendment led by U.S. Representatives Troy Carter, D-La., Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., John Katko, RN.Y., Dina Titus, D-Nev., And Steve Cohen, D- Tenn. . and designed by Animal Wellness Action in HR 3684 which would have prohibited the transport of equines across state and federal borders for slaughter for human consumption.

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, DN.J., attempted to maintain anti-slaughter language on transportation by tabling his own Amendment No. 2296, but that effort did not gain momentum with few senators addressing the serious anti-slaughter provision. of mind, even though the House did address the issue and the subject was the subject of action and discussion during the development of the Senate’s annual farm spending bill.

“We are disappointed that the Senate continues to view the ongoing slaughter of tens of thousands of horses as anything but an urgent matter,” said Marty Irby, Executive Director of Animal Wellness Action, who was recently honored by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her work to protect horses. “It was an opportunity to solve a major animal welfare problem that the American public overwhelmingly supports and which has circulated in the Senate for a quarter of a century. Members of the House are expected to vote against the Senate infrastructure bill or amend the measure to reinstate anti-slaughter language. “

“We have seen tens of thousands of horses go through horrific passage through Canada and Mexico each year and then be slaughtered in foreign slaughterhouses for a small segment of consumers in Asia and Europe,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Center for a Humane Economy. “Americans want to see this ruthless and predatory industry stop rounding up and victimizing American horses and burros. Failure to address this issue was a terrible missed opportunity for the Senate. “

The measure has been approved by more than 229 animal and equine protection and advocacy groups, organizations, rescues, and businesses in the United States, including the Jockey Club; The Breeders’ Cup; New York Racing Association, which manages the Belmont Stakes; Pimlico Racetrack, which operates The Preakness Stakes; Thoroughbred Tracking Alliance; the National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization; United States Harness Racing Alumni Association; Claiborne Farm; Stone Farm, where three Kentucky Derby winners were bred; Crawford Farms; West Point Thoroughbred; Nick Zito; Pine Oak Stud; the Texas State Horse Council; Images of Winterstone; the Horses for Life Foundation; the Animal Welfare Foundation; and Center for a Human Economy, to name a few.

The provision passed by the House was also led by Representatives Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., And Vern Buchanan, the main authors of the Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act (the stand-alone anti-horse slaughter bill). ; Representatives Paul Tonko, DN.Y., and Andy Barr, R-Ky., (Co-Chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus); and Reps Buddy Carter, R-Ga., Donald Payne, DN.J., Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa., and Jerry Nadler, DN.Y.


Horses and other equines are revered and cherished in the United States, and 80 percent of Americans oppose their slaughter for human consumption. As the public becomes more aware of the cruelty inherent in the horse slaughter industry, calls for a federal response have multiplied, especially as the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been involved in a suspicious adoption plan that allows “adopters” to rake in profits by selling unprecedented numbers of federally protected wild horses and burros for slaughter.

Transporting horses for slaughter is dangerous and has caused multiple serious accidents on American highways. The list goes on for serious accidents on American highways involving trucks loaded with horses destined for slaughter. Most of them involve horrific injuries and the death of horses on trucks. As of October 2020, 14 horses were killed and 11 seriously injured when a truck driving the animals for slaughter overturned on a highway in Franklin County, Missouri. Similar crashes have happened over the years and in most cases motorists had to avoid the crash and in some cases have encountered terrified and injured horses running free in the traffic lanes. Likewise, in 2017, a truck owned by the infamous murder buyers who own one of the nation’s largest horse slaughterhouses in Bastrop, Louisiana was involved in a terrible accident that resulted in the death of 19 horses.

Although horse slaughter does not currently occur on U.S. soil due to a de facto ban obtained through the appropriation process by Congress, tens of thousands of domestic and wild horses are shipped to Mexico and the United States. Canada every year to be slaughtered for human consumption in these countries, Europe, Asia and other parts of the world.

A stand-alone legislation that would permanently ban both the transport of horses for slaughter and the slaughter itself – the SAFE Act – was recently introduced, but despite the passage of a similar bill it Fifteen years ago, and with the majority of House members co-sponsoring the measure in the 116th Congress, the enactment of the legislation continues to be an uphill battle due to the interests of industrial agriculture and pro-leaning members of Congress. ‘slaughter.

Animal Wellness Action is a 501 (c) (4) organization based in Washington, DC, whose mission is to help animals by promoting legal standards that prohibit cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of pets, farm animals and wildlife. We advocate for policies to end dog and rooster fighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to combat factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we encourage the adoption of good public policies and strive to enforce those policies. To pass good laws, we need to elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our problems and which don’t. We believe that helping animals helps us all.

The Center for a Humane Economy (“the Center”) is a non-profit organization that aims to influence the conduct of businesses to forge a humane economic order. The first organization of its kind in the animal protection movement, the Center encourages businesses to honor their social responsibilities in a culture where consumers, investors and other key players hate cruelty and environmental degradation and embrace the innovation as a means of eliminating both.

The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a private Los Angeles-based charitable organization with a mission to help animals by making veterinary care available to anyone with a pet, regardless of economic capacity. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need, and help homeless animals find a loving person. We campaign for veterinarians to be at the forefront of the animal welfare movement; promote responsible pet ownership; and vaccinate animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent cruelty to animals and alleviate suffering. We believe that helping animals helps us all.

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Marty Irby discusses Senate failure to end transport of equines for slaughter


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