Get ready for a news blitz. The group Americans Against Horse Slaughter has organized a two-day invasion of Washington DC by anti-slaughter advocates and celebrities from across the country. Parties and protests and grassroots lobbying sessions are planned for March 4-5, 2008.
Learn more about the events planned for Washington.
On the federal level, the U.S. Senate's Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee voted 15-7 last month in favor of sending the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act to be considered before the full Senate. In 2006, the bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 263-146, but was not acted upon by the Senate before it adjourned for the year.
The slaughter issue has not been in the press much in the past few weeks, but it continues to trouble many horse owners, who realize the complexity of the issue.
As with so many political issues, the two sides continue to turn up the volume of rhetoric whenever the media offers a mouthpiece, but either no one is coming forward on a national level with ideas for a workable middle ground...or that microphone is not turned up.