Wednesday, January 20, 2010

House Committee to Hold Hearing on Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act

Animal Welfare Institute Alert!

January 20, 2010

House Committee to Hold Hearing on the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act
Calls Needed Today!
Dear Humanitarian:
The House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security has just announced that it will hold a hearing on H.R. 503, the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, on Tuesday, February 2, at 4:00 p.m.  This bill, sponsored by full Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and cosponsored by a majority of the Committee, is identical to legislation overwhelmingly approved by the same Committee last year.
During the past year, pro-horse-slaughter advocates and organizations have stepped up their misinformation campaign.  Instead of working to help improve the welfare of horses, they have been distorting information and using unsubstantiated claims to justify horse slaughter.
Unfortunately, a few organizations continue to block this responsible and humane legislation, thus prolonging the unnecessary suffering of approximately 100,000 horses per year.  Horse owners, veterinarians and animal welfare advocates must continue to fight for America’s horses and push toward the passage of H.R. 503, the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act.
Please ask your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 503, the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act.  To find contact information and cosponsorship status for your Representative, visit the Compassion Index at www.compassionindex.orgBe sure to call and thank your Representative if he/she is already among the 178 current cosponsors of this bill.  Most importantly, check the list below; if your Representative is a member of the Judiciary Committee, it is especially important that he/she hear from you right away.  In addition to the message about cosponsorship, please also ask him/her to support the bill in committee should it come up for a vote
For additional information on H.R. 503 (and other animal protection issues), visit our website at  Thank you for your help!
Cathy Liss

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