Letter: Congress should halt slaughter of horses

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To the Editor:

Now that Congress is in session, I would like to thank Senator Bernie Sanders for offering to co-sponsor the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act for 2020 (H.R. 961/S), a bipartisan bill he co-sponsored last year. I am hoping his name will soon be added to the list of co-sponsors for the SAFE Act, since its enactment would end the federally funded practice of slaughtering horses for consumption in the U.S. and for exportation.

Horse slaughter is one of the most barbaric practices humans inflict on any animal. Unlike other four-legged farm animals, horses are much more difficult to stun and, this always painful practice, often has to be repeated - and repeated. Even then, it is not always successful causing untold suffering.

Also, American horses aren't raised for food consumption. So they are routinely given drugs over their lifetimes that can be toxic to humans.

Edge Research had presented findings in 2017 that 2.3 million adults in the U.S. have the desire and the funds to adopt these magnificent animals. This would insure horses would be sent to loving homes rather than slaughter houses.

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I have ridden horses, mucked out stables and finally owned my own horse, a lovely Appaloosa. The thought of him being slaughtered to be eaten makes me cringe. I want my horses happy in their stable, not being offered in a tin can.

In addition, I would like to ask Senator Sanders to co-sponsor the Help Extract Animals from Red Tape (HEART) Act (H.R. 1228/S.513). This bill will insure that dogs seized in federal fighting cases don't end up languishing in facilities while their cases are adjudicated. The HEART Act will prevent unnecessary delays in the rehabilitation and rehoming of these animals, shortening, from 60 days to 30 days, the time the government has to notify interested parties of animal seizures. The HEART Act will also relieve the financial burden of caring for these dogs from local shelters and rescues.

Thank you Senator Sanders all the you do for Vermont and our country!

Gail Buchalter,



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