Today in the mail I receive this petition. I was happy to see it, I would absolutely love it if this act was passed. However I was upset to hear about poor Ferdinand. I've typed out most of the letter for you guys to read if you wish, since it explains a lot better than me.
"Dear Fellow Horse Lovers,
... Please sign and return the enclosed petition to Senate majority Leader Harry Reid requesting him to hold an immediate vote on S.311, "The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act."
The good news is this legislation, introduced by Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and John Ensign (R-NV), has 38 co-sponsors and strong bipartisan support.
But S.311 is stalled in committee because the infamous Senator Larry Craig of Idaho has a "hold" on this bill preventing it from coming to a vote.
Your help is urgently needed because last year horse welfare groups were successful in shutting down-- at least for now-- the three remaining horse slaughter plants operating in the United States.
Also last year, the House of Representatives passed a bill by a wide margin to outlaw horse slaughter, including the shipment of horses to foreign countries like Mexico and Canada for slaughter
But this didn't matter when the Senate version failed. Senator Larry Craig has S.311, which would have banned horse slaughter, removed from the Omnibus Appropriations Bill.
And now all of our horses are still being shipped to Mexico and Canada for slaughter.
How did this happen?
Because of pressure from livestock lobbyists, and from many powerful pro-slaughter horse organizations like the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), a member of the "Unwanted Horse Coalition," whose membership consists of a majority of these pro-slaughter groups.
... According to the US Dept of Agriculture, over 92% of horses slaughtered are actually in "good condition."
That's perhaps the greatest tragedy and misunderstanding regarding horse slaughter. The majority are not old or lame horses going to slaughter: pregnant mares, Premarin foals, wild horses, polo ponies, recreations horses, and even one Kentucky Derby winner's life ended at a slaughterhouse.
Front Range Equine Rescue is determined to see the elimination of a horse slaughter and its literally working in the trenches to do so. I urge you to help us by contacting you two US Senators directly are (202) 224-2121, or you can visit our website to sign online petition."
Here is the Derby Winner that was killed in a slaughterhouse: http://www.championsgallery.com/Ferdinand.jpg
^picture of him racing ESPN - From Derby winner to a slaughterhouse? - Horse Racing