Language in USDA Appropriations Bill

From: American Horse Council
Date: July 25, 2007
Timely Response is Needed

The House of Representative is scheduled to vote on the 2008 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration Appropriations bill (H.R. 3161), which would fund the U.S. Department of Agriculture for Fiscal Year 2008, early next week.

Section 738 of that bill would be devastating because it would cut-off funding for USDA activities important to the horse industry. It would eliminate funding necessary for USDA to operate quarantine facilities and to pay personnel to approve and facilitate the import and export of horses for exhibition, competition, sale or breeding. The bill would not only cut off direct funding to USDA, but also eliminate USDA’s authority to impose user fees, which support the operation of the three major USDA Animal Import Centers and the land border ports along the Canadian and Mexican borders.

We are asking AHC member organizations to contact Members of Congress from their state asking that this provision be removed.

NOTE: Although the language is an apparent attempt by proponents of legislation to end the slaughter of horses for human consumption by taking the USDA out of the process, as was done last year, the language in Section 738 would have a far broader impact and would affect the movement of all horses.

While an individual’s or organization’s position on limiting USDA’s authority to inspect horses for slaughter may be based on their position on the federal bill banning slaughter, the industry should be opposed to this overly-broad limit on USDA’s authority and economic ability to protect animal health through inspection, quarantine and oversight of the movement of all horses.

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*According to tax status of ApHC, we are not in the business of lobbying, but individual members are free to express themselves and to communicate directly with their representatives.


  1. Thomas Lee Said,

    July 27, 2007 @ 6:14 pm

    It’s time to pass a Federal Bill to hault the mass slaughter of our American Horses. Theses plants promote abuse, neglect as well as a inhumane death. They also keep more illegals jobs which we have been paying border patrols to keep them out. We are Responsible horse owners and are fed up with our tax dollars promoting foreigners profits at the expense of our monies. We and will expose all sellouts to horse slaughter and will not rest I can promise you this….

  2. Barbara Warner Said,

    July 28, 2007 @ 1:09 am

    Support the Rahall /Whitfield amendment to the farm bill to stop horse slaughter.
    92% of the horses going to slaughter are young and in good health according to USDA stats. Many horses are stolen or obtained under false pretences that are slaughtered also. This inhumane practice must stop and transportation of horses for that purpose must halt also.
    Cruelty laws need to be strengthened and enforced. Abuse and neglect must be a felony on the 1st offense. This will help make people more responsible.

  3. vicki Said,

    July 28, 2007 @ 3:24 pm

    My understanding is the amendment specifically calls out inspections for horse slaughter. That being the case, those opposing the amendment do not have the welfare of horses in mind – only the almighty dollar. What a way to betray the unconditional trust your horses give you..

  4. Becky Said,

    July 30, 2007 @ 12:23 pm

    As an Appaloosa owner, I find your stand on this issue absolutely disgusting! Horse slaughter needs to end NOW.

  5. Diane E Said,

    August 1, 2007 @ 3:56 pm

    Unfortunately, the language in the latest bill does not just handle slaughter, but will have massive impact on people who are selling horses overseas, shipping semen, or even just trying to send their horses to international competitions (or back home after international competitions held in the US). It would be a shame to see the US be cut off from the rest of the horse world.

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