Bills introduced by the horse slaughter plants to legalize horse
slaughter in Texas have gone nowhere. They now realize that
they cannot legalize horse slaughter in Texas
through normal legislative channels and have reverted to a backup
strategy trying to amend other legitimate legislation as it works
its way through the legislative process.
have learned that one primary target for adding an amendment to
legalize horse slaughter is HB 2543 which is a bill authorizing
the continuation and operation of the Texas Animal Health
Commission. That bill has passed the House of
Representatives and is currently in the Senate.
also expect them to try to amend other bills as the opportunity
arises. Most of this is likely to take place in the Senate.
We have the votes in the Senate to stop this, but we must make our
Senators aware of this strategy and urge them to be on the lookout
for and oppose any amendments that would legalize horse slaughter
in Texas. The horse slaughter plants are paying huge sums to
high-paid lobbyists to search for ways to get horse slaughter
legalized through the backdoor. WE MUST STOP IT.
contact every Texas State Senator (other than Senators John
Whitmire and Rodney Ellis who have already committed to help us
fight the legalization of horse slaughter in Texas. Also,
please don't contact Senator Glenn Hegar, Jr.'s office as well.)
the Senators that you strongly oppose the slaughter of our
horses for human consumption abroad and ask them to look for and
oppose any amendment to HB 2543 or any other bill that
would legalize horse slaughter in Texas.
talking with the Senators remind them of the following facts:
slaughter for human consumption has been banned in Texas since
matter what anyone says, horse slaughter and the related
transportation of horses to slaughter is extremely cruel and
inhumane. Slaughter is not euthanasia, it is slaughter!
the horse slaughter plants attempted to legalize horse slaughter
in 2003, a Texas voter poll was taken which showed that 72% of
Texans oppose horse slaughter for human consumption; 8 to 1 Texans
associate the value of horses with Texas state culture, heritage
and economy rather than as a livestock commodity like cattle; and
77% would vote against any member of the legislature who supported
a repeal of the existing Texas law banning horse slaughter.
slaughter plants are a drain on the local economy. The two
Texas horse slaughter plants are foreign owned and employ
less than 130 low-paid, mostly migrant workers. They require
USDA oversight of the slaughtering process costing US taxpayers
hundred of thousands of dollars. The horse slaughter plants
gross millions of dollars each year, but by using accounting
loopholes they pay little or no US taxes sending all their profits
to their foreign owners.
slaughter promotes horse theft, bragging "from the stable to
the table in forty-eight hours," healthy horses are stolen,
butchered and their meat exported within hours. It's
virtually impossible to save a stolen horse from slaughter given
this short time frame. Horse theft in California dropped by
over 34% immediately after that state banned horse slaughter and
has continued to drop steadily by over 80% in 2005.
Horses Are Counting On You.
contact these Texas Senators IMMEDIATELY and ask your friends to
do the same. Their contact information is as follows: