Sending Office: Honorable Janice D. Schakowsky
Sent By:
Mitch.Lohr@mail.house.gov

Dear Colleague:

We urge you to join us in signing the letter below requesting that the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee includes language to ensure no funding is authorized for U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) inspections of horse slaughter or horse meat.

Restricting funding for such inspections will prevent horse slaughter plants from operating in the U.S. Horse slaughter is unavoidably cruel and raises serious food safety concerns. Horses, which are not raised as food animals, are given a wide variety of
therapeutic drugs and treatments banned for use on animals intended for human consumption by the USDA. Horse meat is not consumed in the United States, but American horses are exported to slaughter for human consumption abroad.

Similar language was in place from 2005-2011 and was reinstated in the FY2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act. The provision has been included in each final bill since.

Deadline for sign-on is COB Wednesday, March 27. You may sign on using the link HERE.  If you have questions, please contact Mitch Lohr (mitch.lohr@mail.house.gov) in
Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s office, Christian Spencer in Rep. Vern Buchanan’s office (christian.spencer@mail.house.gov), Kevin Stockert in Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s office (kevin.stockert@mail.house.gov),
or Elizabeth White in Rep. John Katko’s office (elizabeth.white@mail.house.gov).

Sincerely,

Jan Schakowsky                   Vern Buchanan                      Earl Blumenauer                   John Katko

Member of Congress            Member of Congress             Member of Congress            Member of Congress

 

Letter Text:

Dear Chairman Bishop and Ranking Member Fortenberry:

As the Subcommittee considers the Fiscal Year 2020 Agriculture Appropriations bill, we respectfully ask you to include language that ensures no funding is authorized for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspections of horse slaughter facilities or horse
meat, thus preventing horse slaughter plants from operating in the U.S. Similar language was in place from 2005-2011 and was reinstated in the Fiscal Year 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act when an amendment was adopted by voice vote in both the House and
Senate Appropriations Committees. The provision has been included in each final bill since, most recently in Fiscal Year 2019.

Horse slaughter is unavoidably cruel and also raises serious food safety concerns. Horses, which are not raised as food animals, are given a wide variety of therapeutic drugs and treatments banned for use on animals intended for human consumption by the
USDA. Horse meat is not consumed in the United States, but American horses are exported to slaughter for human consumption abroad. Taxpayer dollars should not be spent on an industry that the American public so vehemently opposes. USDA resources should go
toward inspecting and ensuring the quality of the food products Americans consume.

We support legislation to permanently ban horse slaughter in the U.S. and to ban the export of horses for that purpose abroad. However, until this ban is enacted, it is essential that Congress continue its commitment to the humane treatment of America’s
horses and to food safety.

We urge you to include language in the Fiscal Year 2020 Agriculture Appropriations bill that would prohibit the use of funds for horse slaughter inspections.

 

Sincerely,

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