The head of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Wayne Pacelle has called some of the lawmakers involved in reopening equine slaughter plants in the U.S. hypocrites, believing they have a feigned interest in protecting the horses in the States, reports HorseTalk.
The Appropriations Committee of the US House of Representatives narrowly passed the reopening of the plants. Wayne Pacelle wrote in his blog A Humane Nation, that “…American horses deserve a better fate than to be gathered up by a disreputable ‘kill buyer' who outbids a rescuer at an auction, loaded onto an overcrowded truck, and then stunned, hoisted up by a leg, and pulled apart piece by piece – which is exactly what the 27 lawmakers who voted against the Roybal-Allard/Dent amendment are trying to sanction.”
He went on to say that the U.S. does not slaughter unwanted dogs and cats, so it should not be done to horses that have helped settle the nation. He feels that those representatives who voted to reinstate slaughter plants are feigning interest in the welfare of horses, citing that the long-distance transport to plants in Mexico and Canada is too hard on the horses; opening plants in the U.S. would alleviate some of their suffering.
Pacelle notes that some of these same lawmakers are ones who blocking a bill backed by the HSUS that would forbid the transport of horses for human consumption to other countries.
Pacelle says: “Only one of the lawmakers who voted to reopen horse slaughter plants in the United States is a cosponsor of that broader anti-slaughter bill, the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 113, which is led by four animal welfare champions — Reps. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., Janice Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Royce, R-Calif., and Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M.
Pacelle noted that all was not lost as the HSUS bill has congressional allies potentially able to offer the amendment on the House floor, when all House lawmakers would be able to cast a vote on the issue.
Read more at HorseTalk.
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