Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Horse Slaughter

LMA: Congress More Understanding Of Horse Ban's Bad Consequences

Congress showing more understanding of bad consequences of horse slaughter ban, LMA members say after annual Washington Fly-In

Members of Congress showed a growing understanding of the unintended consequences of the closing of America’s three horse slaughter plants, according to participants in Livestock Marketing Association’s fourth annual Washington, D.C. Fly-In.

Since a series of legislative and judicial actions closed the three plants, LMA President Jim Santomaso said the industry is seeing “more and more reports of abandoned horses, and of horses turned out and left to starve, because owners can’t afford their upkeep, or have the means to properly dispose of them.”

Santomaso, the operator of a Sterling, Colo., market, said LMA members are also reporting that horses are being left at their facilities when they don’t sell, “because their owners don’t want them back.” Read More

It is important that all of us in animal agriculture stay involved in keeping the horse slaughter ban from passing through Congress. This bill is not intended to stop the slaughter of horses, but rather it is the beginning of the end of harvesting animals in the United States. If this passes, our opponents will have their foot in the door. Continue to contact your representatives in Congress to let them know you don’t support the horse slaughter ban.

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