Got my first letter tday asking that I oppose the reopening of horse slaughter plants in MO
Taresa Windham It is vital that MISSOURIANS now do two things:
1) CONTACT YOUR STATE REPS
Find your Reps' email address & contact info: Representative Directory
- Ask how they voted on H.B. 1747, the bill to legalize horse slaughter in MO.
- Tell them if they voted in favor of it, they just lost your vote at election polls.
2) CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATORS
Find your Senators' email address & contact info: Welcome to the Missouri Senate
- Describe your disapproval of the House passage of H.B. 1747, to legalize horse slaughter in MO.
- Explain why the Senate should NOT pass a similar bill, using some of the talking points below.
- Tell them that their YES or NO vote on legalized horse slaughter will effect your future voting decisions.
There is no auto-letter for this. A personal constituent approach is vital
to keep this bill from passage in the Senate.
TALKING POINTS - MODIFY & PERSONALIZE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!
Sign with name and full address; if not you'll be ignored.
-- I'm dismayed by the recent passage of Rep. Jim Viebrock's bill to
sidestep federal rules that bar horse slaughter for human consumption. As
your constituent, I'd like to know how you voted (or plan to vote) on
legalizing horse slaughter in Missouri. Your stance on H.B. 1747, or any
Senate companion bill, will influence my vote at election polls.
-- I ask my Senators to oppose any bill with language that mirrors H.B. 1747
and lets horse processors operate in Missouri.
-- Eyes around the nation are focusing on Missouri -- to see if it will
revive horse slaughter on American soil. As you know, this is not a Missouri
issue alone. No equine kill plants have legally operated in the U.S. since
those in Texas and Illinois were shut down in 2007. The matter of killing
American horses affects concerned citizens everywhere.
While supporters insist slaughter "saves" horses from neglect and
starvation, their argument fails to recognize:
-- "Americans oppose horse slaughter by an overwhelming margin," says Glen
Bolger, national pollster and founding partner of the nonpartisan Public
Opinion Strategies (POS). In a 2007 poll, POS found that 71% want horses
preserved as part of American cultural heritage. Nearly half are less likely
to vote for a Congressperson who is against a horse slaughter ban.
-- Equine plants are known polluters that congest sewers and contaminate
land and water.
-- Rather than advocate slaughter as an alternative to neglect, lawmakers
should enforce criminal prosecution. In Missouri Anti-Cruelty Statues,
animal abandonment is a crime punishable by fines and jail time.
-- Slaughter is NOT humane euthanasia. Methods to stun and kill cows and
pigs are excruciating when used on horses. Nonetheless, these excitable,
long-necked animals are subject to captive bolt pistols that often don't
render them insensible. Some remain aware while killed.
-- Focus should shift from slaughter to breeding oversight and responsible
care. Overpopulation stems from industries such as Premarin and Prempro (HRT
drugs made from mare urine); carriage horses; riding stables, etc. that
over-breed horses. Moreover, there is no documented link between closure of
domestic plants and a spike in horse abuse cases. In contrast, slaughter
supplies a "dumping ground" for irresponsible breeders and caretakers.
-- Missouri wants to impose a U.S. market for horsemeat on a nation that
doesn't want it. The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, H.R. 503/S.B. 727,
currently before Congress, bans possession, shipment, transport, purchase,
sale, delivery or receipt of any horse for the purpose of human ingestion.
-- Please do not support legalized horse slaughter in Missouri.
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And of course I replied:
"This is bull**** is what it is. The horse industry is so stagnant without horse slaughter plants being open. It is naive and ill thought out to ask that they stay closed. If you want to help the horses support the plants reopening and leave it alone. The last thing we need are our over populated prisons overflowing with animal abusers and our tax dollars paying for it, when the plants would alleviate the strain on the horse industry and provide much needed jobs, actually stimulating the economy."