OK, I sent my personalized letters off to my Senators, Congresswoman and state officials.
Here's Senator Feinstein's response to my OHV land use plea for help. Thrilled to know she cares about my issue!
Dear Mr. Sears:
Thank you for writing to me to express your opposition to the practice of horse slaughter for human consumption. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.
Like you, I believe this practice is wrong, and was pleased when Californians passed a state initiative prohibiting it in 1998. As you may know, I was a cosponsor of an amendment which aimed to stop this practice by withholding funds for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspections under the Federal Meat Inspection Act. I, along with several colleagues, sent a letter to the USDA urging the agency to stop these inspections and effectively end this practice. Unfortunately, the USDA has ruled that horse slaughterhouses may continue operation under a fee-based inspection process to abide by the Federal Meat Inspection Act.
I have also cosponsored the "Virgie S. Arden American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act" (S. 311), which would effectively end horse slaughter for human consumption in the United States. This bill has been referred to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, of which I am not a member. Please know that I will work with my colleagues to ensure passage of this bill.
Again, thank you for writing to me about this issue. I hope you will continue to keep in touch on matters of importance to you. If you have any additional comments or questions, please feel free to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841.
United States Senator
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