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Massachusetts bill would ban horse slaughter

Massachusetts State Senator Stephen Brewer of Barre, MA has introduced S.655, a bill in the Massachusetts Senate in Boston January 2011. This humane bill will ban horse slaughter for human consumption in the state. State residents are urged to contact their Representatives and Senators on Beacon Hill and request of them that they support S.655 both in committee hearings and when a floor vote occurs. Animal Law Coalition’s website has further info and talking points for the bill. Please note that the bill’s cosponsor deadline has passed, but your help is needed so that YOUR Beacon Hill Representative and Senator vore for this humane bill. Find your Massachusetts State Senator and Representative at: http://www.malegislature.gov/People/FindMyLegislator For more info and to see the bill’s language, see the next link and scroll down there to “attachment”. Go to: http://www.animallawcoalition.com/horse-slaughter/article/1519 Please actively support this humane bill on Beacon Hill.

Q: Are US horses slaughtered for human consumption?

Q: What is Massachusetts doing about horse slaughter?

Q: How can I help support the humane treatment of horses?

Q: How can I help horses with state & federal bans on horse slaughter for human consumption?

Q: Why bother supporting these bills?

Q: I’ve never helped with a bill before, what can I do?

Q: How can I help horses and help gain a federal ban on horse slaughter for human consumption?

Q: Why bother supporting this bill?

Q: What is Massachusetts doing about horse slaughter?

For updates on the State Bill Effort go to


How to lobby elected officials . . . a guide for equine welfare groups and individuals

Provided by the American Horse Defense Fund http://www.ahdf.org/Downloads/LobbyGuideforAHDF.pdf

Alternatives to auction and horse slaughter http://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/equine-cruelty/auctions-and-slaughter.aspx

Protecting your horse from slaughter, or, Saving Montana: The international effort to save a pet horse from slaughter http://www.justsaywhoa.org/news/Vacca.asp

Horse slaughter prevention http://awionline.org/ht/d/sp/i/11222/pid/11222

FAQ’s on horse slaughter http://www.awionline.org/ht/d/sp/i/12919/pid/12919

Undercover Investigation Underscores USDA - Documented Brutality scroll down to “Press releases” at http://www.animals-angels.org/Press,1021,l12913.html

CBC probe raises questions about horse slaughtering http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/06/10/horses-slaughter.html

FROM A CONCERNED INDIVIDUAL: Sugarcreek Auction, 10/17/08 http://www.ahdf.org/pdf/2008/SugarcreekAuction-FromAConcernedIndivdual2008.pdf

US Government Accountability Office: Testimony on Humane Methods of Handling and Slaughter http://www.ahdf.org/pdf/2008/d08686t.pdf

New EU rules may end slaughter of American Horses (Update: Sadly, drug residues in US horses appear to be of little concern to European diners) http://www.ahdf.org/pdf/2009/PR-IssuedOnNewEURules2009.pdf