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Horse slaughter option important for livestock industry

HB418 has made it out of the Ag Committee, and is scheduled to be voted on in the House of Representatives on Thursday, February 26, 2009. The efforts of all of you should be commended. Support for the bill was five to one at the hearing and they received over 15,000 emails and letters in support of it – good job everyone on getting your voice heard!

Our representatives are being bombarded by PETA and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). It is important that we get our side of the story out to the public in response to the PETA and HSUS effort. HSUS is right now asking all of their members to call the Governor’s office to say they wouldn’t visit a state that allows horse slaughter. This is what we need to do as a grassroots effect. Call your brother, sister, cousin or college friend you haven’t talked to in awhile. Explain to them how important it is to our industry that we have the horse slaughter option. Have everyone in their office or neighborhood call the Governor Schweitzer’s office at 1-406-444-3111, and let them know of their support for this option (HB418) and how they would LIKE to visit Montana. If we can get a large number of people to do this, you will be surprised at the effect it will have.

After Katrina, HSUS raised a reported 34 million dollars to help care for and reunite dogs and cats with their owners. When they only spent $600,000 on cat and dog shelters, the Louisiana Attorney General’s office conducted an 18 month long investigation and found that only 7 million dollars could be accounted for of the raised 34 million. It was determined that the 7 million dollars had not even been used for Katrina relief. The remaining 27 million was never accounted for.

The Unwanted Horse Council is a nationwide organization neutral to horse slaughter, and uses its resources to educate the American public about the situation of the unwanted horse and means of care for these horses. The American Quarter Horse Association as well as other pro-horse slaughter groups are members of this council. Several anti-horse slaughter groups are also members of this council, but the HSUS has refused to join or donate money to the Unwanted Horse Council.

The HSUS spends millions of dollars to legislate against horse slaughter, yet they do not spend a dime to help control the problem of unwanted horses or help remedy the situation. It makes you wonder if they really care for the horse at all! We need to get these facts out to our urban friends and non-livestock people. We need to tell the public what HSUS really is!

Write or e-mail your representative and tell them how important the horse slaughter option is for our livestock industry and the problem of unwanted horses. Those of you that live in urban areas especially need to do this as these are the votes we need to get the bill passed.

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I have attached contact e-mails for all representatives and a letter you can sign yourself or use as a reference to write your own. Most importantly: we must act on this now!

The American Quarter Horse Association and the Montana Quarter Horse Association thank you for your active efforts and with all this continued support we know that we can make a difference.

Best Regards,

HB418 has made it out of the Ag Committee, and is scheduled to be voted on in the House of Representatives on Thursday, February 26, 2009. The efforts of all of you should be commended. Support for the bill was five to one at the hearing and they received over 15,000 emails and letters in support of it – good job everyone on getting your voice heard!

Our representatives are being bombarded by PETA and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). It is important that we get our side of the story out to the public in response to the PETA and HSUS effort. HSUS is right now asking all of their members to call the Governor’s office to say they wouldn’t visit a state that allows horse slaughter. This is what we need to do as a grassroots effect. Call your brother, sister, cousin or college friend you haven’t talked to in awhile. Explain to them how important it is to our industry that we have the horse slaughter option. Have everyone in their office or neighborhood call the Governor Schweitzer’s office at 1-406-444-3111, and let them know of their support for this option (HB418) and how they would LIKE to visit Montana. If we can get a large number of people to do this, you will be surprised at the effect it will have.

After Katrina, HSUS raised a reported 34 million dollars to help care for and reunite dogs and cats with their owners. When they only spent $600,000 on cat and dog shelters, the Louisiana Attorney General’s office conducted an 18 month long investigation and found that only 7 million dollars could be accounted for of the raised 34 million. It was determined that the 7 million dollars had not even been used for Katrina relief. The remaining 27 million was never accounted for.

The Unwanted Horse Council is a nationwide organization neutral to horse slaughter, and uses its resources to educate the American public about the situation of the unwanted horse and means of care for these horses. The American Quarter Horse Association as well as other pro-horse slaughter groups are members of this council. Several anti-horse slaughter groups are also members of this council, but the HSUS has refused to join or donate money to the Unwanted Horse Council.

The HSUS spends millions of dollars to legislate against horse slaughter, yet they do not spend a dime to help control the problem of unwanted horses or help remedy the situation. It makes you wonder if they really care for the horse at all! We need to get these facts out to our urban friends and non-livestock people. We need to tell the public what HSUS really is!

Write or e-mail your representative and tell them how important the horse slaughter option is for our livestock industry and the problem of unwanted horses. Those of you that live in urban areas especially need to do this as these are the votes we need to get the bill passed.

I have attached contact e-mails for all representatives and a letter you can sign yourself or use as a reference to write your own. Most importantly: we must act on this now!

The American Quarter Horse Association and the Montana Quarter Horse Association thank you for your active efforts and with all this continued support we know that we can make a difference.

Best Regards,