The Moran Amendment to FY 2013 Appropriations bill for Agriculture was approved on June 19, 2012 by a voice vote of the full U.S. Appropriations Committee. The FY 2013 Appropriations bill for Agriculture as approved by the committee would de-fund USDA inspections required for the slaughter of equines for human consumption. If this measure becomes law, the slaughter of equines for human consumption would be illegal in the U.S. once again.
Rep. James Moran (D-8-VA) offered the amendment to prohibit funding of USDA horse slaughter inspections necessary to export horse meat. Last fall, 2011, the Congress and the President ended the de-funding, making it legal to slaughter horses for human consumption in the U.S. once again. Until then horse slaughter for human consumption had been illegal in the U.S. since 2007.
The full U.S. House of Representatives could vote on the FY 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill after the July recess. Let’s make sure it passes with the Moran Amendment by calling / faxing your U.S. representative and urging him/her to vote yes on the FY 2013 Appropriations bill for Agriculture ONLY WTIH the THE MORAN AMENDMENT TO PROHIBIT USDA INSPECTIONS AT HORSE SLAUGHTER FACILITIES IN THE UNITED STATES! Be sure to say "Moran Amendment to prohibit USDA inspections at U.S. horse slaughter facilities as Rep. Moran has other amendments and we want it to be clear we are referring to the amendment to prohibit inspections at U.S. horse slaughter facilities.
Urge your Representative to OPPOSE any amendments that would eliminate the Moran Amendment to prohibit USDA inspections at horse slaughter facilities. Also urge your Representative to push other Representatives to support this Moran Amendment and make sure the Agriculture Appropriations bill passes with the Moran Amendment that will prohibit funding of USDA inspections at horse slaughter facilities.
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Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Representative. Don’t wait. Call now.
SEND this PSA to your Representative.
The August recess is fast approaching, and while Congress is out, ask your Representative’s office about Town Hall meetings or get togethers with your Representative while he/she is home for the August recess. Attend these events and advocate for the Moran Amendment to prohibit funding of USDA inspections at horse slaughter facilities. And, schedule a meeting with your representative while he/she is home and urge your Rep to support the Moran Amendment and oppose any efforts to eliminate it from the FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations budget.