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----------------- Bulletin Message -----------------
From: Saigh or Kym ní Dhoireann
Date: Mar 3, 2008 2:33 AM


----------------- Bulletin Message -----------------
From: mary
Date: Mar 2, 2008 7:36 PM


Please forward to friends ..

URGENT ACTION ALERT!

LAST CHANCE TO END HORSE SLAUGHTER IN THE US!

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TO ENSURE PASSAGE OF THE AMERICAN HORSE SLAUGHTER
PREVENTION ACT

Dear friends,

Since it was reintroduced in January 2007, the American Horse Slaughter
Prevention Act (S. 311 - HR 503), a bill to ban the slaughter of US horses and
their exportation for slaughter abroad, has been waiting to be brought up for
consideration in both the Senate and the House where it was denied due process
by a group of pro-slaughter legislators who believe the profits of three
foreign-owned horse slaughter plants outweigh the welfare and safety of American
horses and horse owners alike.

This group of legislators, led by Senator Larry Craig (R – Idaho), has
successfully blocked the bill in the Senate, preventing it from being even
debated on the floor using procedural means and hiding behind a plethora of
myths and fabricat ed stories to support a “need for horse slaughter” while tens
of thousands of American horses continue to be exported for slaughter in Canada and Mexico under appalling
conditions.

As the legislative deadline of mid-September set up by the upcoming elections
approaches, the need to get the AHSPA passed increases dramatically, making
necessary to launch an all-out counterattack to break the pro-slaughter blockade
on the bills and proceed to their consideration in the corresponding chambers.
If the AHSPA is not at least passed by the Senate before mid-September it will
die since there would not be enough time in the brief “lame duck” session taking
place after the elections to move it through the rest of the legislative
process, forcing us to start all over from zero next year and spelling doom for
tens of thousands of additional horses that will be cruelly slaughtered abroad
until we have another chance.

To this end, horse owners and enthusiasts from all over the United States will
gather in Washington DC next March 4 and 5 to lobby their elected officials in a
desperate effort to break Sen. Craig’s blockade on the AHSPA and expedite its passage in both chambers.

In order to be effective, we need to show a massive grass roots support for
those lobbying the legislators on Capitol Hill and let them know that Americans
want the AHSPA passed as soon as possible to end this sordid trade. It is
extremely important that as many people as possible contact their
Representatives and Senators urging them to cosponsor S. 311 and HR 503 if they
have not yet done so and requesting them to press the Senate leadership and to
set S. 311 free from Sen. Craig’s blockade.

How you can help

During next Tuesday, March 4th and Wednesday, March 5th please contact as many
times as possible both your two US Senators and all the Representatives of your
state reques ting them to:

a) Cosponsor S. 311 (Senators) or HR 503 (Representatives) in case they
have yet done so.

b) Ask the Senate Leadership to do everything possible to break Sen.
Craig’s blockade on S. 311 and expedite its passage in both chambers.

If they are already cosponsoring the bills, please praise them for doing so and
request them to keep their support commitment to the end.

Also, please forward this action alert to all your contacts, relatives, friends,
work and school partners asking them to follow it and contact their respective
Congressional delegations in support of the AHSPA. The more people contact
Congress the more chances we have to get the AHSPA passed!

An updated phone and fax directory for the 110th Congress showing information
about whether they cosponsor or not the bill as well how they voted in the past
on legislation to o utlaw horse slaughter in the US is available for download at
http://www.habitatforhorses.org/joincampaigns/docs/110directory.doc (requires
Microsoft’s Word).

You can also find who your legislators at
http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/index.html or
http://capwiz.com/compassionindex/home/

Additional information on horse slaughter and the AHSPA can be found at
http://www.awionline.org/legislation/horse_slaughter/index.htm and
http://www.commonhorsesense.net/.

Please remember this is virtually the last chance we have to lobby Congress to
get th e bill passed before it is too late: If S. 311 is not at least passed by
the Senate by mid-September we can take it for dead, forcing us to start from
scratch next year and dooming without recourse tens of thousands of American
horses to horrible, agonizing deaths in Canadian and Mexican slaughter plants.
Therefore, it is vitally important we employ all the resources we have available
to flood Congress with a continuous stream of calls and faxes during those two
days. Their lives depend on us.

Thank you for your help.
Daniel


--
Mary Martin
http://www.newenglandequinerescues.com
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.-Albert Einstein"