The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 seeks to amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, and for other purposes.
Why Not Eat American Horses?
Horses in the United States are generally kept as pets, as show or recreational animals, or as working animals. Few people, if anyone, raise horses for the meat. As a result, the vaccinations, wormers, and medications given to horses are not required to be safe for consumption by humans eating the meat.
However, every year, horses that are unfit for human consumption are sold and shipped to other countries for consumption there.
Introduced into the U.S. Senate as S.1176 and the U.S. House of Representatives as H.R.2966, the identical bills will amend the Horse Protection Act to include slaughtering for human consumption as an abusive and illegal practice.
What Can You Do?
The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 is making its way through both Houses of Congress now. Let your senators and representative know what you think of these bills.
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