February 12, 2008

A horse at the Dallas Crown horse slaughter plant in Kaufman, Texas, pictured on August 15, 2005.
Picture: Mary Nash

Groups and individuals who oppose the horse slaughter trade in the United States are coming together in Washington next month for two intense days of lobbying.

The groups are pushing for a law change that would place a federal ban on the slaughter of horses. They also seek a law change that would ban the sending of horses to slaughter plants beyond US borders, in Mexico and Canada.

Organised events for the gathering, on March 4 and 5, will include a panel discussion that includes guest speakers who are leaders against slaughter.

Media and congressmen, representatives and staff will be invited.

Through lobbying, the anti-slaughter groups hope to garner more political support for the bills before the House (HR503) and the Senate (S311).

The sponsors of both bills have indicated they will not move forward until there is enough support to assure success.

The public is being asked to contact their Congressmen and Senators and ask them to co-sponsor their respective bills.

More details on the two days of events can be found at: http://www.kaufmanzoning.net/horsemeat/