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September 4, 2006

Contact: Brent Dolen, (202) 225-3115

Time and Location Change for Whitfield Press Conference on H.R. 503, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act

Thursday, September 7, 2006, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 503, a bill that would outlaw the commercial slaughter of horses in the U.S. for human consumption in France and other countries.

"Our American horses - raised not as food animals but for work, sport and pleasure - deserve a better fate than the brutal death they suffer at the three European owned slaughterhouses in our country. Most of the 90,000 horses slaughtered each year are stolen or taken under false pretenses from caring owners and eaten as a delicacy by Europeans. This is an outrageous violation of private property rights and an affront to the unique role of the horse in our culture. Where would America be today were it not for "Brown Beauty" the noble mare who tirelessly carried Paul Revere on his midnight ride?"

Lead cosponsors of the bill, Reps. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY), Rep. John Spratt (D-NC) and Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) will hold a press conference Tuesday, September 5 at 11:30 am in room 121 of the Cannon House Office Building. Please note that this is a change from the original announcement that the press conference would be held at 1:30 in room HC-8 of the Capitol.

Several owners of Kentucky Derby winners, including the owner of Barbaro, will speak. Respected Texas oilman Boone Pickens and his wife Madeleine, a longtime horsewoman, will also be heard.

The bill, in one form or another, has been bottled up in the House Agriculture Committee at least nine years. The bill has over 200 bipartisan cosponsors, with scores of other members committed to vote for its passage.

For more information on the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act and related events, please contact Brent Dolen with Rep. Whitfield at (202) 225-3115 or Ian Weston with Rep. Sweeney at (202) 225-5614.



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