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"The Horse Slaughter Issue is about the
method used to Kill and Dispose of a NON-FOOD ANIMAL.
How are we going to Kill and Dispose of America's Horses, a NON-FOOD ANIMAL.
Are we going to kill them via a method that is repulsive to the vast majority of Americans,
a method that is against our culture - Slaughter,
or are we going to kill America's Horses via a method that is in line with
American Culture and accepted by Americans -
dispose of the carcass via burial, cremation, landfill, or rendering. "
Horses in the United States are bred, raised and taxed as Non-Food Animals.
If the Horse is going to be considered a food animal, and slaughtered or exported for slaughter as a food animal,
then all the States that impose state sales taxes on horses and related products,
must repeal those taxes because the States cannot tax food animals.
Christine Berry, Equine Protection Network
November 1, 2007
Response to Dr. Sarah Ralston, Rutgers University, a pro slaughter
vet who calls Americans
whose culture finds the slaughter and consumption of the horse, a non-food animal repugnant, "humaneniacs" her name for
PETA wannabees. One has to wonder if Dr. Ralston calls her colleague Dr. Patty Hogan,
who testified before Congress in favor of ending horse slaughter, a "humaneanic" to her face.
Congressional Support - If the Congressman and Senators introducing and
sponsoring this legislation are not listing the American Horse
Slaughter Prevention Act on their website, then why should we believe
that they are willing to use their political favors/chits to move
this bill??? Contact your elected officials supporting the AHSPA
and ask them WHY it is NOT on their website.
Request that they add it to their website with the other important issues they are working on and supporting.
Make the Commitment:More than ever we ask all of you as horse lovers and owners to stand up and demand that our cruelty laws be enforced - when you see a neglected horse, take action by calling the police, the media and use your cell phone camera to photograph the crime. Put the photos on your MySpace or FaceBook page, or add it to YouTube. The reason neglected horses continue to show up at auctions and slaughterhouses is because the horse industry allows it....there are enough wealthy and influential people with connections in politics to end this... it is all about what people want...not to mention the fact that very few rescues, if any want the law enforced. This has been demonstrated by their failure to report violations of the law, their refusal to provide information regarding dealers who are violating the law, their interference with law enforcement investigations, (let's face it, if law enforcement seizes the horse that prevents the rescue from "rescuing the horse" and neglected horses are the horses of choice to attract media attention and donations.)
In 1995 Christine Berry, appalled and outraged over the transport of horses in doubles and the blatant cruelty at auctions decided to "do something" about what was happening to the horses. The result was the creation of the EPN website, the enforcement of the NY Horse Transport Law, the passage of the PA Horse Transport Law -the strongest law in the United States banning the transport of horses in double deck trailers, no matter what their fnal destination -and the first ever enforcement of the Pennsylvania law prohibiting the sale of sick, lame, and debilitated horses, EPN Sanctuary Program, and the Save America's Horses National Billboard Campaign. All of this was accomplished on an average of less than $5000.00 a year. Ms. Berry continued to manage her own horse farm, raise her children, and earn a college degree. There was no paid staff, no lobbyists, no attorneys, no professional fund raisers, no marketing firm. What there was was a love of horses, a passion and dedication for the enforcement of the law.
Sadly it has become clear that the Rescues and the Public want the status quo maintained as demonstrated by the continued behavior that does nothing to change what is causing the problem and the continued support of organizations that do nothing. The wealthy animal welfare organizations exist to harness the outrage of the American Public when there is a cruelty issue. Otherwise they do nothing. One need only look at their failed legislative track record and their lack of a national mainstream marketing campaign to shape the Public's opinion on animal issues.
The horse slaughter issue is a lost cause due to the mishandling of the issue since 2000 by AWI, HSUS, and Doris Day who have done nothing but fundraiser off the horses blood for the past 9 years. The pro slaughter organizations have been allowed to mis lead the Public and horse owners when they could easily have been neutralized as was done in California before the successful 1998 Prop 6 campaign that made the slaughter of a California horse a felony. Save the Horses successfully neutralized the opposition, the National Cattleman, before the campaign even began. The pro slaughter organizations have been allowed to make ridiculous statements regarding the issue, thus confusing the slaughter issue with rescue and cruelty. They continue to introduce legislation that cannot be enforced. As for the rescues, they have succeeded only in moving the horse industry's "trash can" from the auctions to the rescues, the American Public. The rescues have done nothing to change what is causing the problem.
Double Deck Trailer Legislation Introduced in Congress
HR 305 Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2009 introduced by IL Rep. Kirk January 2009
- EPN OPPOSES because bill lacks Criminal Penalties thus it is Unenforceable!
If passed this legislation is unenforceable because:
Amend the law to a chapter in Title 49 Transportation that has criminal penalties. Title 49 Chapter III Part 393 provides criminal penalties and would allow law enforcement state law enforcement officers who have been trained and authorized to enforce the federal motor carrier safety program laws.
Kirk's office maintains that the high fines will be a deterrent. Facts prove that the death penalty does not act as a deterrent. Facts prove that Arlow Kiehl and Don Nickerson, Nickerson Livestock, were not deterred by Carper's conviction and $11,000 fine in NY, or Three Hills Rodeo was not deterred by New Holland and Sugarcreek Livestocks' convictions.
Stay Tuned for more on this important issue.
Read the Legislative History of the Commercial Transportation of Horses to Slaughter Act to better understand the legislative process and the failure of animal and horse welfare organizations to recognize and oppose bad legislation.
Double deck trailers are not designed,
safety tested, or manufactured for horses.
Rhode Island Joins PA, NY, MA, VT, and MD in banning double deck trailers for all horses, no matter what their final destination!
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carry in your car.
e1 of the animal cruelty law,(found at 18
Pa.C.S.A. 5511) otherwise known as the "double
is one of Pennsylvania's strongest criminal laws.
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