Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act

January 21, 2010- Animal Welfare Institute HOUSE COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING ON
THE PREVENTION OF EQUINE CRUELTY ACT

Calls Needed Today!

Dear Humanitarian:

The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and

Homeland Security has just announced that it will hold a hearing on H.R. 503,

the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, on Tuesday, February 2, at 4:00 p.m.

This bill, sponsored by full Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and

cosponsored by a majority of the Committee, is identical to legislation

overwhelmingly approved by the same Committee last year.

During the past year, pro-horse-slaughter advocates and organizations

have stepped up their misinformation campaign. Instead of working to

help improve the welfare of horses, they have been distorting information

and using unsubstantiated claims to justify horse slaughter.

Unfortunately, a few organizations continue to block this responsible and

humane legislation, thus prolonging the unnecessary suffering of approximately

100,000 horses per year. Horse owners, veterinarians and animal welfare advocates

must continue to fight for America’s horses and push toward the passage of H.R. 503,

the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Please ask your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 503, the Prevention of Equine Cruelty

Act. To find contact information and cosponsorship status for your Representative,

visit the Compassion Index at www.compassionindex.org. Be sure to call and thank

your Representative if he/she is already among the 178 current cosponsors of this bill.

Most importantly, check the list below; if your Representative is a member of the

Judiciary Committee, it is especially important that he/she hear from you right away.

In addition to the message about cosponsorship, please also ask him/her to support
the bill in committee should it come up for a vote.

For additional information on H.R. 503 and other animal protection issues, visit our

website at www.awionline.org. Thank you for your help!

We hope you will share our “Dear Humanitarian” eAlert with family, friends and coworkers

(post it on Facebook and tweet it on Twitter as well), and encourage them to contact their

legislators. When contacting members of Congress, please respectfully request a response

from them on the issue(s) so that you, as a constituent, will know their position. As always,

thank you very much for your help.

Sincerely,
Cathy Liss
President

House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary

FIRST LAST PARTY STATE/ DISTRICT PHONE 202.22- H.R.503 COSPONSOR
Tammy Baldwin D WI02 5-2906 No
Howard Berman D CA28 5-4695 Yes
Rick Boucher D VA09 5-3861 No
Jason Chaffetz R UT03 5-7751 No
Howard Coble R NC06 5-3065 No
Stephen Cohen D TN09 5-3265 Yes
John Conyers D MI14 5-5126 Yes
William Delahunt D MA10 5-3111 Yes
Randy Forbes R VA04 5-6365 No
Trent Franks R AZ02 5-4576 No
Elton Gallegly R CA24 5-5811 Yes
Louie Gohmert R TX01 5-3035 No
Charles Gonzalez D TX20 5-3236 No
Bob Goodlatte R VA06 5-5431 No
Luis Gutierrez D IL04 5-8203 Yes
Gregg Harper R MS03 5-5031 No
Darrell Issa R CA49 5-3906 No
Sheila Jackson Lee D TX18 5-3816 Yes
Hank Johnson D GA04 5-1605 Yes
Jim Jordan R OH04 5-2676 No
Steve King R IA05 5-4426 No
Zoe Lofgren D CA16 5-3072 Yes
Dan Lungren R CA03 5-5716 No
Dan Maffei D NY25 5-3701 Yes
Jerrold Nadler D NY08 5-5635 Yes
Pedro Pierluisi NPP PRAL 5-2615 Yes
Ted Poe R TX02 5-6565 No
Tom Rooney R FL16 5-5792 Yes
Linda Sanchez D CA39 5-6676 No
Adam Schiff D CA29 5-4176 No
Bobby Scott D VA03 5-8351 Yes
F. James Sensenbrenner R WI05 5-5101 No
Brad Sherman D CA27 5-5911 Yes
Lamar Smith R TX21 5-4236 No
Debbie Wasserman Schultz D FL20 5-7931 Yes
Maxine Waters D CA35 5-2201 No
Melvin Watt D NC12 5-1510 Yes
Anthony Weiner D NY09 5-6616 Yes
Robert Wexler D FL19 5-3001 Yes
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24 Responses to “Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act”

  1. theandbetween Says:

    The Animal Welfare Institute website indicates this hearing has been “POSTPONED.”

  2. Suzanne Moore Says:

    Yeah, I read that on Tuesday’s Horse, but no details. I’ve been searching all day, and I can’t find anything anywhere.

  3. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Thanks for reposting this. Was it on Animal Law Coalition – also thought it was posted her on The Cloud Foundation too?

    Don’t forget to check Marilyn Wargo’s Blog on MySpace. She is the mountains photo. she pulls a lot of articles together in one place from many sources.

  4. Karen L. Says:

    This is off topic, but pertains to the federal lawmakers and government spending. Mr. Obama is calling for a 3 year freeze in budgets for many federal programs/departments, including the DOI and EPA. I’m wondering how this may affect any legislation aimed at the wild horse programs. I’ve read 3 versions of the story this A.M., and am linking one that is fairly concise.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/bloomberg/20100126/pl_bloomberg/af2fhldmqvdg

  5. Karen L. Says:

    Senator Landrieu held a conference today (?) in support of the Equine Cruelty bill, H.503/S.727, which she helped to author. She apparently brought up and pledged to continue her opposition to the roundups as well. Nice article here in Horseback Magazine.
    http://horsebackmagazine.com/breakingnews.htm

  6. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Here’s on a horse rescue in MO. Please note comments after this article rationalizing need for slaughter plants: they do jump right in to try to make their point that these horses died or starved because there were no slaughter plants!

    !!!!

  7. Janet Ferguson Says:

    …….oops!

    http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2010/01/27/rescued-horses-underweight-humane-society-says/

  8. Janet Ferguson Says:

    I just found this page on Alex Brown Racing website. Toward the bottom of page look for a state calling list. I have emailed the rep for my state to see how this works. Should be an effective tool to influence your state reps and tell them you are against horse processing plants in your state.

  9. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    I HEARD ON THE NEWS THAT MARY LANDREIU’S OFFICE WAS BROKEN INTO OR SOMETHING BY THE SAME GROUP (A GROUP THAT MAKES FILMS) THAT WENT UNDERCOVER INTO ACORN. I’M NOT SURE THAT I HAVE THAT EXACTLY RIGHT. THEY DID TRY TO SPY ON HER BUT GOT CAUGHT. ANYBODY KNOW MORE ABOUT THAT?

  10. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    I SEEM TO REMEMBER THAT THEY WERE ARRESTED–NOT SURE THOUGH. SHE IS ON THAT COMMITTEE OF ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES–DO YOU THINK SHE BUCKED SOMEBODY?

  11. Suzanne Moore Says:

    Read all about it here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/27/AR2010012702917.html?wpisrc%3Dnl_politics

    They don’t like her stand on health care reform so they were going to frame her as if she doesn’t answer here telephone! Get these creeps outta here!

  12. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    I KNOW THAT SHE HAS BEEN TRYING TO HELP US. THAT IS PROBABLY WHY MY EARS CAUGHT THAT PIECE OF NEWS.

  13. Janet Ferguson Says:

    I told T. of The Mustang Project I would put the email I just sent her onto a blog: (My comments are general and do not reflect a current conversation with her; she was trying to locate help for an “unwanted horse” and was “confused” over my suggestion of providing assistance for “humane euthanasia” if the horse couldn’t be trained or rescued.

    Dear T.:

    This is a short video on how I believe unadoptable horses need to be dealt with. I do not mean that the United State’s 33,000 horses currently found in holding pens should all be humanely euthanized. That does not follow.

    I hope you do not mix up an individual horse which has no financial options with the 33,000 horses owned by the American public in the the richest country in the world and protected by law. Only a really stupid person would make a connection from a homeless individual horse to our collectively owned and paid for and supported horses taken off their public lands. I hope you and others do not feel you can extrapolate from the specific case of a horse which truly has NO OPTIONS to a horse protected by law!!

    That said, here’s a nice video. There is a veterinary clinic that screens these horses and provides humane euthanasia (at least in the area of Northern CA) I feel local, state, and federal funds should be available to such clinics whereby their humane care and euthanasia of these unadoptable or older, sick horses should be recognized and reimbursed. It should not be a slaughterhouse. It should be humane euthanasia of these previously owned animals who are out of luck.

    http://www.ktvu.com/video/18311009/index.html

    I am putting a copy of my email to you on a blog, along with this video. Hope you do not mind.

    Sincerely yours,

    Janet Ferguson

  14. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Yet another source of good info on HISTORY of horse slaughter in the United States. This was written by Friends of Barbaro. It talks about the early proponents of anti-horse slaughter and the timeline and history of horse slaughter in America since FOB became involved.

    Good for background, names, dates.

    http://alexbrownracing.com/wiki/index.php/Chapter_horse_slaughter

  15. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    JANET POSTED A GOOD LINK THAT DESCRIBES HOW UGLY AND CRUEL HORSE SLAUGHTER REALLY IS–THE ARTICLE IS WRITTEN BY AN EQUINE VETERINARIAN–THAT IS A GOOD ARTICLE TO REFER TO IN ANY OF YOUR COMMENTS AND REBUTTALS.
    JANET, CAN YOU POST THAT LINK AGAIN?

  16. Janet Ferguson Says:

    This group is working against long distance horse transport to slaughter in the EU. A diary and a video are included (nothing gross).

  17. Janet Ferguson Says:

    . . . . ooops!

    http://www.worldhorsewelfare.org/help-tomorrow/campaigning

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