Q: Is everyone familiar with the HR6598 Act?

October 6, 2008 | By Karen L. | 15 answers | Expired: 2668 days ago

Karen L.

We have continued to ask everyone to please vote in support of H.R.6598, The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008 and also now ask that you vote to support H.R. 6597 Animal Cruelty Statistics Act of 2008, which will require the collection of data on animal cruelty crimes.

I am not sure if you are aware of the real story, but less than 8% of the horses that go to slaughter are “Old and Infirm." Senator Charlie Stenholm would like you to believe ALL horses destined for slaughter are in that condition as a result of abuse and neglect when in reality horse slaughter encourages that cruel treatment.

The remaining 92% of the horses are young healthy horses, pregnant mares and even foals. The slaughterhouses do not want old, infirm, skinny horses. And what you may not be aware of is that there IS an alternative for these horses. There is no need for horses to go to slaughter. They are not unwanted horses; they are DISCARDED. There are over 550 horse rescues in the United States, over 4.6 million horse owners in the United States, as well as there are over 10,000 organizations in the United States that are horse oriented or utilize horses in their program, (the 4H groups alone has 6.5 million members)

When a horse rescue attends an auction and outbids a killbuyer the rescue does not keep that horse for its entire life. They rehab and then re-home the horses. The rescues also have a follow up program for the horses to insure that the horse does not wind up in a "bad" situation again. These horses have gone on to help autistic children, physically and mentally disabled children, and even as parade or police horses. Some become show horses, family pets, trail horses, working horses, varied therapy horses, and rehabilitation horses etc. through the many adoption programs throughout this country. For the few that are older or unable to be retrained because of health issues, there are many organizations that are in place to take in these horses also. Humane euthanasia by a licensed vet is also an alternative for any horse that is suffering.

By ending slaughter you will allow the rescues organizations and individuals who want these horses to have the ability to step in and not have to travel to the kill auctions and outbid the killbuyers. Slaughter is a cruel and inhumane end to a life and not one that we condone in this country. Even the conditions that surround the slaughter process is inhumane.. Slaughter just allows a blind eye to be turned to the illegal abuse and neglect practices.

I would again like to encourage you to support the bills of H.R.6598 The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008 and H.R. 6597 Animal Cruelty Statistics Act of 2008. Rest assured there is an alternative to slaughter that is functioning successfully in the United States. This cruel and inhumane practice is not needed and must end immediately.

Readers' Answers (15)

Oct 06, 2008

Can someone post a link that explains how to vote...I have a race horse we got from Angel Acres Rescue...and a standard bred that was retired and heading for slaughter. Animal cruelty, neglect, and abuse needs to end!

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katie h.

Oct 07, 2008

I thought this already went into effect! Is it a state by state thing?

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Denise E.

Oct 08, 2008

Am I the only one totally confused about the status of HR 6598, "The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008"? Well, after much googling and some phone calls I have the ACTUAL scoop all in one place.

First, the bill has passed committee and is slated for congressional vote. However, Congress is out of session, and the vote will not take place until sometime in January, 2009. For those of you who support the bill, this means plenty of time to start with that "grass roots" support campaign!

Here is a Fact Sheet on the HR 6598:

Fact Sheet
Support H.R. 6598
Conyers-Burton "Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008"

On July 24, 2008, the Conyers-Burton Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008 (H.R. 6598) was introduced to protect our horses from slaughter. So far in the 110th Congress, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503/S. 311) has not yet been enacted because it has been blocked bv House committee leaders.

H.R. 6598 Prohibits the Slaughter of Horses for Human Consumption in the U.S., and the Export of Horses for Slaughter (as does H.R. 503). It was introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Representative Dan Burton (R-IN), and will be considered by the Judiciary committee. We believe H.R. 6598 has a much stronger chance of passage than H.R. 503, as its lead sponsor - Rep. Conyers - is the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, while H.R. 503 is stuck in committees whose leadership is unfriendly to the issue, despite its majority support in the House.

Horse Slaughter is Inherently Cruel. HR. 6598 addresses the inherent cruelty in allowing the slaughter of our horses for human consumption. The inhumane transport over unbearably long distances, coupled with the horrifying methods of killing and difficulty of stunning horses prior to slaughter, are unacceptable to the American people and must be halted.

H.R. 6598 Prohibits the Export of Horses for Slaughter. In 2007, Texas and Illinois shut down the last three remaining horse slaughterhouses (which were all foreign¬owned) under state law, but now American horses are being shipped even longer distances to Mexico or Canada for slaughter. The same numbers of horses have been slaughtered so far this year, indicating that the problem is very serious and requires a federal solution. HR. 6598 will stop American horses from being sent by the truckload over the borders for slaughter.

H.R. 6598 Only Affects Horses Going to Slaughter. Paperwork at the borders already requires all horse transporters to clearly identify whether horses are going to slaughter. Any misinformation on these forms carries stiff penalties under the False Claims Act.

It is Time for Congress to Finally Pass this Ban. Past congressional actions on horse slaughter have demonstrated an overwhelmingly strong, bipartisan desire to prohibit killing horses for human consumption. In the 109th Congress, legislation to stop horse slaughter passed the House of Representatives numerous times by a margin of more than 100 votes, and passed the Senate by a more than two-to-one margin. Unfortunately, Congress has failed to enact a permanent ban.

With your help we can finally protect our horses from this cruel fate.

Please urge your U.S. Representative to cosponsor H.R. 6598.

If you would like to sign a petition supporting passage of this legislation, please go to www. HSUS.org, search H.R. 6598 and you'll find several informative documents. If you click on the link directly above the "Fact Sheet" that I've shared, you'll be directed to a petition with a letter in place that you may "sign" and submit.

Thanks for reading and Bless all of the precious animals!!

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