Congress is now recessed until after the elections. At this time, we are not sure when they will return or even if they will return this year. However, due to the financial crisis situation taking up so much time and resources, and the fact that it is now in the Agriculture Committee for review, it is very unlikely that the House will be addressing HR 6598 in the 110th Congress . We anticipate it being re-introduced at the beginning of the 111th Congressional session in January 2009.
However, there is something you can do NOW. With the election coming up in November, make sure you elect legislators that will allow this to pass next year. Do your homework, find out where your candidates stand and let your voices be heard on this issue. With the right people in office, we can prevail.
The second thing you can do is to continue to spread awareness about horse slaughter. As we’ve all found out, most Americans still do not even know this exists. The more people that know, the louder the outrage will be.
On a personal note, we want to thank everyone for making such a valiant effort. You all have done the most phenomenal job…….no one could have done more. It is your hard work and perseverance that will make it easier to get this bill introduced very early in the next session.
Growing our membership will ensure that we continue to be a strong presence in the fight to end horse slaughter. We will be releasing details in the near future about new ideas and programs to make AAHS more effective and we’ll keep you updated if there is any news!