Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Landrieu to Speak at Kick-Off Ralley on the Hill

Horseback Magazine

Landrieu to Speak Out Against Horse Slaughter
Joins members of Congress, celebrities and the Humane Society at press conference tomorrow.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., will join representatives from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), members of Congress, celebrities and representatives from the agriculture and horse industries at a press conference tomorrow in support of the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 503/S. 727), a federal bill to prohibit the trafficking in horses for slaughter for human consumption in the United States and the export of horses for this purpose. The group will also call attention to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) cruel and unnecessary wild horse roundups, calling on BLM to place a moratorium on these roundups until it has a plan in place for contraception and release or adoption of these horses.
The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009 (H.R. 503/S. 727) was introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., to protect any horses from being slaughtered here in the United States and to spare horses from being transported over the border to foreign slaughter plants. In 2009, more than 90,000 American horses were exported for slaughter—the majority shipped in long-distance transport to Mexico.
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