Horse slaughter for food has been re-legalized and many horse lovers are not happy about it.
Actress Ali MacGraw is one of 70 percent of Americans who are against it. And she's taking action to stop it.
The Horse Slaughter Prevention Act would permanently ban horse slaughter or transportation of horses to Canada and Mexico and other countries for slaughter.
It is currently floating around Congress.
MacGraw wants to see this act passed to law and she's contacted her pal, senator Tom Udall (D-NM) to help.
In a letter, she writes:
As your constituent and on behalf of everyone who loves horses and despises inhumane treatment of them, thank you for your immediate reaction to the cruelty rampant in the horse-racing industry.
There is one additional thing that I would beg you to do: Please, lend your support to the critical American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 immediately.
[The act] would outlaw not only horse slaughter in the U.S. but also the transport of horses for slaughter elsewhere. It would effectively end the use of U.S. horses for food.
If you throw your weight behind this bill, it will succeed.
Those are definitely some stirring words!
PETA has also caused controversy by "supporting" the re-legalization, stating that although they are against horse slaughter, the legalization would help stop horse transportation…and a law is needed to close the loophole.
PETA has a page to contact a representative to help the act as well.
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