Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) 06/07/11 11:55 PM EDT
One of the quintessential American activities is riding horses. Yet there are some who, despite claiming to love Flicka, mistreat their animals and subject them to inhumane conditions. One of the cruelest practices is the use of double-deck trailers in transporting horses. This involves cramming the animals into a trailer with ceilings too low to allow an adult-sized horse to stand upright. This practice is not only inhumane and insensitive, but also dangerous to truck drivers and nearby motorists.
Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) 06/07/11 11:54 PM EDT
Members of Congress have long been aware of the importance of animal welfare.
Rep. Michael Honda (D-Calif.) 06/07/11 11:53 PM EDT
Remember the tragic tsunami of 2004 in the Indian Ocean that killed more than 200,000 people throughout 11 countries? Remember Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which wreaked complete chaos and utter devastation on New Orleans and surrounding areas? Remember the cyclone in Burma in 2008, which took the lives of some 100,000 Burmese? What is significant about all three natural disasters is this: Had the oceans been healthier, the damage done on land would not have been so detrimental.
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) 06/07/11 11:51 PM EDT
Imagine being forced to evacuate your home during a tornado, flood, hurricane or other severe weather event with the knowledge that it might not be there when you return. At least you can take comfort in the fact that you will get your family to safety — most of it, at least — all except for your dog, your cat or your other family companion. Regrettably, this scenario has increasingly become a reality for Americans faced with natural disasters all around our country. And, thanks to climate change, it could only get worse.
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) 06/07/11 11:29 PM EDT
Horse and burro protection occupies a very special place in the big idea known as “animal welfare.” Wild horses embody the Western spirit that has animated our national conversation about protecting animals and open spaces. Horses and burros form some of the strongest bonds with humans found anywhere in the animal kingdom.
Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) 06/07/11 11:25 PM EDT
Since 2006, horse slaughter has been banned in the U.S. In the annual agriculture appropriations bill, language with bipartisan support has been carried that eliminates federal funding for any activity involving the inspection of horse meat for human consumption. This restriction has effectively closed horse slaughter for human consumption facilities in the U.S. But this year the language was not included by the subcommittee for the first time in five years.