NATIONAL HORSE PROTECTION COALITION - 2-26-2005
TO: All Veterinary Practitioners in the U.S.
RE: H.R. 503: The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act
Each year tens of thousands of
horses are hauled all over the US to one of the three horse slaughter
facilities, one that
The American Horse Slaughter
Prevention Act (H.R. 503), sponsored by Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY) and Rep.
Opponents of the American Horse
Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503) portray horse slaughter as a form
of humane euthanasia,
Further, this misrepresentation of the facts fails to recognize the immense suffering that horses endurebefore they ever
arrive at the slaughterhouse. Federal regulations currently allow horses to be transported for more than 24 hours at a time
without food, water or rest, on double-deck cattle trailers, with broken limbs, with eyes missing. These permitted
conditions contrast sharply with generally-accepted practices for moving horses in a humane manner. Euthanasia of a horse
by a licensed veterinarian is a far cry from the suffering faced by horses sent to slaughter, and it is disingenuous to suggest
that the two are comparable simply because the mechanism by which horses are stunned at the slaughterhouse can, in
theory, be humane.
We invite you to add your name to
the growing list of veterinarians who are against the slaughter of American
Our web site provides information
about H.R. 503 (text of bill, list of co-sponsors, committees, facts,
Christopher J. Heyde
Yes, please add my name to the growing list of veterinarians who want to see an end to the slaughter of America’s horses
for human consumption abroad through passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act!
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