(for some reason this letter was removed from my blog, it is posted many placed online.
If it is removed again, you can read it at "Saving America's Mustangs".
If you care about the lives of horses, Congressman Dan Burton is someone you might want to learn more about. The Illinois Republican legislator is one of the sponsors of H.R. 2966, The American Horse Slaugher Prevention Act of 2011.
On November 7th, Congressman Burton wrote a letter to Jack Kingston, Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture in an effort maintain the "Moran-Amendment" in the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that President Obama signed on November 18, 2011. The Moran Amendment was the key to continuing the prohibition on funding for U.S.D.A. inspectors to work in horse slaughter plants. Without these inspectors, the three existing horse slaughter facitlities were forced to shut down. In spite of Congressman Burton's efforts (and those of so many other advocates), funding for the U.S.D.A. inspectors was included in the Agricultural Funding Bill. The horse slaughter industry received a green light to again set up shop in the United States.
The Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 is the remaining opportunity to turn back the tide of misery that threatens the lives of vulnerable horses. Senate Bill 1176 was introduced in June, 2011 by Senators Mary Landrieu and Lindsey Graham. If passed, these bills will made horse slaughter finally illegal in our country, as well as prohibit the transport of horses for slaughter to Canada and Mexico.
Horse slaughter advocates are making a case for slaughter as a humane solution to the challenge of too many horses in hard economic times. Such a solution is an immensely profitable one for international corporations that market horse meat for human consumption globally. More than ever, NOW is the time to take action to prevent the nightmare of horse slaughter from returning to America!. Use social media, blog, write to your State senators and congressmen. For more information, please visit the Animal Law Coalition website.