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Equine Related Bills in Congress


Here is a brief explanation of the bills involving horses in the Congress right now.
Congress is back in session, and so are two crucial equine protection bills!

H.R. 503/S. 311 (The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act) will prohibit the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. Americans donít eat horses, but last year alone more than 100,000 U.S. horses were killed for their meat, which was exported to Europe and Asia.


Title: To amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, and for other purposes.

Text of HR503

Posted by: "cdhanna9703@aol.com" cdhanna9703@aol.com   cdhanna9703

Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:35 pm (PST)
<BTITLE>To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit certain conduct
relating to the use of horses for human cons
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled,
This Act may be cited as the `Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009'.
(a) In General- Chapter 3 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by
adding at the end the following:
`Sec. 50. Slaughter of horses for human consumption
`(a) Except as provided in subsection (b), whoever knowingly--
`(1) possesses, ships, transports, purchases, sells, delivers, or receives,
in or affecting interstate commerce or foreign commerce, any horse with the
intent that it is to be slaughtered for human consumption; or
`(2) possesses, ships, transports, purchases, sells, delivers, or receives,
in or affecting interstate commerce or foreign commerce, any horse flesh or
carcass or part of a carcass, with the intent that it is to be used for human
shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years or
`(b) If--
`(1) the defendant engages in conduct that would otherwise constitute an
offense under subsection (a);
`(2) the defendant has no prior conviction under this section; and
`(3) the conduct involves less than five horses or less than 2000 pounds of
horse flesh or carcass or part of a carcass;
the defendant shall, instead of being punished under that subsection, be
fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
`(c) As used in this section, the term `horse' means any member of the
family Equidae.'.
(b) Clerical Amendment- The table of sections for chapter 3 of title 18,
United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new item:
`50. Slaughter of horses for human consumption.`5
Best regards,
Cheryl Hanna
Fundraising and Publicity
Another Chance 4 Horses, Inc
_www.ac4h.com_ (http://www.ac4h.com/)


H.R. 6598

H.R. 6598 - introduced to the House on July 24th by Representative John Conyers Jr., in an effort to make our way around the pro horse slaughter lobby blockade of the AHSPA, will permanently put an end to the slaughter of horses for human consumption and the transport of live American horses for slaughter across the US border.

So far this year, over 60,000 horses have been slaughtered in Canadian and Mexican horse slaughter plants under appalling conditions, where they are subjected to blatant abuse and unspeakable suffering. As the end of the 110th Congressional session looms near, Members of Congress must act NOW to stop this ongoing tragedy.

For more information about horse slaughter and H.R. 6598, please go to http://www.awionline.org/legislation/horse_slaughter/index.htm.



Why should we stop horse slaughter and transport across the boarders of our horses?

Because things like this can happen!!

These horses were rescued from kill buyers, either by rescues or private, concerned citizens like you!

These are pictures of horses from a feedlot in Filley, Nebraska.  We were given less than 24 hours to rescue as many horses as we could from the feedlot.  We (several rescues in the state of Nebraska) started with the pregnant mares and in the end were able to save 46 horses.  Unfortunately there were around 200 that were unable to be rescued.  They were shipped to Mexico where they were forced to bear the most horrible death at the slaughter house there!

Did you know that some of the horses that are slaughtered were stolen from a loving home?  A home that wants them back!  Many horse thieves take the horses they steal to slaughter houses to make a quick buck and to get rid of the evidence!  Lets take away an outlet for horse thieves, support the ban on horse slaughter. 
Please take a moment to go to the Stolen Horse International/Netposse website and see if you recognize any of the horses that are missing.  You might help save that one from slaughter.


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