By Susan Sheppard Landis
Thank you for printing my letter regarding American horses that are being brutally executed by knife in Mexico (“How NYers can stop the execution of horses,” T&V, July 9). I want to follow up on the response to my letter, and want to stress that it is essential to support rescue groups, the ASPCA, Peta and the Humane Society who are actually rescuing horses, while the Bill HR 1942 S1214 is pending in the House and Senate.
As the last writer pointed out (letter, “Support legislation to protect horses” by Elizabeth Drury, T&V, July 16), it is essential to call representatives to support the bill.
Frank Guinta, sponsor (202) 225-5456, Lindsay Graham, (202) 224-5972, Peter King (202) 456-1414 or Carolyn Maloney locally. Other sponsors and numbers can be found online.
While the bill is pending, it is important to save as many horses as possible. The rescue groups are hands on saving horses, buying them at auction. Gentle Giants Rescue Group has a farm where the horses are cared for by volunteers and donated money. PO Box 5058, Hagerstown, Maryland, 21741-5058. The Rescue Group will send your letters and petitions to Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. It is also important to phone them; they are taking numbers in support of legislation to ban horse slaughter. Horses are not food; they do not deserve this brutal treatment. This is just wrong. This is America; if wild horses need food, the Bureau of Land Management can drop hay to them. This is America; we can put a man on the moon. Surely we can help innocent animals. They need not be executed. Especially call David Rouzer, chair of the bill, at (202) 225-2731.
It is a slippery slope when horses are tortured and murdered like this. What is next, cats and dogs that are strays? I know we are animal lovers here in Peter Cooper and Stuyvesant Town. Save these innocent animals. Donate, call your representatives. Keep up the pressure.
Anyone interested in having a fundraiser for the rescue groups, please call me at (212) 228-8966.