Thanks to all the hard work of you our members and other equine and animal welfare organizations, the Moran Amendment has passed! It once again imposes a ban on the spending of taxpayer dollars for the required ante-mortem (before slaughter) USDA inspection of horses that was lifted last year by a conference committee of just four individuals. It will now be part of the House version of the Agriculture budget.
The Moran Amendment passed last year, but when the Senate failed to put the language into their version of the budget it was sent to conference committee committee where Senators Blunt and Kohl and Congressman Kingston voted to drop the language. Had the entire Senate voted on the amendment, it would no doubt have passed. This is typical of how minority special interests manipulate or system.
It is not clear whether we will see a separate Senate budget this year or whether they will accept the House version. We will let you know as the situation unfolds.
Last Friday I personally called every office and they indicated that the call volume was high and very much in favor of the amendment. If the forces of slaughter thought you would be discouraged by their trickery, they miscalculated. Horse lovers are united and filled with resolve as never before.