Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Desperate for Old-Fashioned Horse Sense

Rep John Conyers (MI-14) introduced H.R. 503 on January 14, 2009. The legislation will prohibit certain conduct relating to the use of horses for human consumption. In other words, it will be illegal for people to transport horses to Mexico and Canada for slaughter.

Few Illinois legislators have co-sponsored this bill even though De Kalb was home to one of two horse slaughtering facilities in the country:

  • Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] - 01/14/2009
  • Rep Kirk, Mark Steven [IL-10] - 01/14/2009
  • Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-09] - 01/14/2009
Illinois legislators are an embarrassment to Congress for a reason (the recent senate appointment debacle notwithstanding). Horses are highly intelligent creatures deserving more respect than this. They are genuine companion animals -- not a source of food.

Action Items:
  1. Try buffalo. It is healthier than beef and indigenous to the continent.
  2. Contact a member of the Illinois Congressional Delegation. Let the person know that sponsoring H.R. 503 is good old fashioned horse sense.


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