I received an action alert from the Texas Humane Legislation Network. The whole country needs to get behind these national bills (H.R. 503/S. 311). The Humane Society of the United States has more information about it here. The cruelty that horses endure during their shipment to plants for slaughter will make you sick. Once they arrive at the plant, their death is anything but humane.
After years and years of fighting the lobbyists for these foreign owned horse slaughter plants, the 3 plants in the US, (2 in Texas and 1 in Illinois) have finally been closed for good. But it is still legal for horses to be shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter, and then their flesh is shipped to Asia and Europe for human consumption. With the horses being shipped live even further than before, their abuse continues for days.
In 2004, a 30-year-old bill that prevented the slaughter of our western wild horses was overturned and our wild horses are once again being caught and killed for overseas human consumption. Please sign the petition linked below, or contact your own Senator or Representative. You can find them via the HSUS web site here. You can then call the capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senators' and Legislators' offices and tell them that you support House Bill 503 and Senate Bill 311.
In my humble opinion, if Europeans and Asians want to eat horse meat, then they can kill their own horses. Our horses should not be considered an exportable commodity. And if Mexico and Canada want to keep their horse slaughtering plants open, then they can kill their own horses. Not ours.
Petition: Americans Against Horse Slaughter