Animal Welfare Laws May Increase in Pennsylvania

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To Senator Richard Alloway II and Senator John Eichelberger for working to improve animal welfare laws in the state of Pennsylvania.

In a recent news article, Senator Richard Alloway II proposed Senate Bill 373 and Senate Bill 78. S.B. 373, which would impose greater restrictions on animal tethering. The law would not allow owners to tether their dogs outside for more than 30 minutes when the temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. S.B. 78 would prevent immediate family members from applying for a kennel license if another family member has had one revoked. Senator John Eichelberger has proposed

If passed, Cordelia's Law would include horses in the states animal cruelty statues, along with other companion animals.

If passed, Cordelia’s Law would include horses in the states animal cruelty statues, along with other companion animals.

Senate Bill 294, named Cordelia’s Law, after a horse who starved to death while being tied up in a junkyard. S.B. 294 would be the first bill in Pennsylvania to include horses in animal cruelty laws.

Take Action: Pennsylvania residents contact your legislators and petition that S.B. 373, S.B. 78, and S.B. 294 be passed into law. Non-residents, contact your state to see what types of animal welfare laws have been passed and express your support for laws that will grant animals more protection.

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When you think about it…is there glory in winning the Triple Crown?

Horse racing is not fun or beneficial to horses.

Horse racing is not fun or beneficial to horses.

California Chrome didn’t go down in history as a Triple Crown winner. Should we care? Should we be upset that the prize was lost? No, we should not. Instead we should be outraged at the treatment horses in the racing industry must endure to make it to any race let alone the major races of the year. Horse racing is a dying industry—but it seems no one has told racing officials. People still buy horses with the thought of becoming the next millionaire; and with the winnings California Chrome brought to his owner, you know there are others who are just dying to get a piece of the action. Unfortunately, there are many horses that are dying because of horse racing. There’s nothing about horse racing that supports the horses—all the support is for the money people can make off the backs of magnificent animals. Racing is not a sport—the horses don’t agree to “suit up.” The owners, jockeys, trainers, and everyone else who might make a buck off a stallion or filly have a say—but not the horse. It’s time we realize that when we really think about it…there is no glory in winning the Triple Crown or any other horse race.

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Horse Transportation Safety Act

Interstate transport of horses should be conducted as safely as possible.

Interstate transport of horses should be conducted as safely as possible.

HR 4440 and S 1459, known as the Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2013, would prohibit the transportation of horses in interstate commerce in motor vehicles containing two or more levels stacked on top of one another. Hauling horses in double-deck trailers is dangerous and inhumane. These trailers do not provide sufficient headroom for horses to stand upright. Also, there is always the possibility of accident or injury if the trailers collapse or are involved in roadway incidents.

Contact your senators and representatives urging them to support H 4440/S 1459, the Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2013.

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Horses Need Protection

Soring inflicts unnecessary pain on horses.

Soring inflicts unnecessary pain on horses.

While horse soring has been illegal under the Horse Protection Act since 1970, the practice continues. Horse soring is used by owners and trainers of Tennessee walking horses to get the horses to walk in an unnatural manner. The soring is done by the application of blistering agents or by burning or lacerating the horses’ limbs.

HR 1518 and S 1406, known as the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act is before Congress,

Please contact your representatives and senators and ask them to support HR 1518 and S 1406, respectively.

Horses Live

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The president of the Navajo Nation has ordered a temporary suspension of the roundup and slaughter of feral horses on the reservation.

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To the president of the Navajo Nation for no longer endorsing horse slaughter.

According to a news article , “…the president of the Navajo Nation, Ben Shelly, has reversed his stance on horse slaughtering, saying he will no longer support it and will order the temporary suspension of the roundups of feral horses on the reservation.”

Horse slaughter had once been almost eliminated in the United States. However, there is now the possibility that horse slaughterhouses will once again become operational.

Take Action: Send a note of thanks to the president of the Navajo Nation for his decision. Additionally, if you live in a state where there is a proposal for a horse slaughterhouse to open, contact your local and state legislators and let them know there is no room in your state for such a business.

Ben Shelly, President
Navajo Nation
Post Office Box 7440
Window Rock, Navajo Nation, AZ 86515

Say Neigh to Horse Slaughter

The sale of horses and horse parts would be prohibited under the Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013.

The sale of horses and horse parts would be prohibited under the Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013.

The Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013, HR 1094 and S 541, would prohibit the sale or transport of horses and horse parts in interstate or foreign commerce for human consumption. It’s time to stop any plans to approve horse slaughter facilities in the United States. Congress must act to put a permanent end of these facilities.

Write your representative and senators and urge them to support the Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013.

When you think about it…horses just aren’t safe anywhere.

Horses in the U.S. are often times transported to other countries for human consumption.

Horses in the U.S. are often times transported to other countries for human consumption.

While there may be no active horse slaughter plants currently operating in the United States, that doesn’t mean U.S. horses don’t wind up being slaughtered for their meat. Horses are routinely transported from locations within the United States to Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered for human consumption. There is nothing illegal in this activity.

Horsemeat is eaten in many countries, including France, Belgium, China, and Japan. Should American horses ever be sent to foreign soil to be slaughtered for human consumption? While some foreign countries find dog and cat meat on their menus, we don’t ship our unwanted cats and dogs to slaughterhouses across our borders. Why then are we shipping our horses? What makes it okay to slaughter one animal for food and not another?

Actually it’s never okay to slaughter an animal for food. Whether in this country or across our borders, no animal should lose his or her life merely to satisfy someone’s taste buds. A vegan diet does not involve the diner in the fear, pain, and death of another living, breathing, sentient being. Celebrate life, not death, with the food on your plate. Because, when you think about it…horses aren’t the only animals who aren’t safe anywhere.

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