Live Photos by Andy Aygyrakis
Aug. 21, 2006
In keeping with his dedication to causes such as Farm Aid and Hurricane Katrina relief, the following is a letter from Willie Nelson (to Livewire readers) calling family members, friends and fans to take action regarding his latest outreach efforts:
America has a dirty little secret and it's not that little. Horses have always been an American symbol of freedom. Their loyal, relentless work is what made this country. They are the living legends of American history. So why is it that we are allowing nearly 100,000 horses to be slaughtered annually in America for human consumption in slaughter houses that are foreign owned? It must be because we didn't know. Even worse, the treatment of horses going to slaughter is most often inhumane. They suffer injuries in overcrowded trailers, abuse by handlers, and they are often conscious during acts of mutilation and slaughter. It's like stepping on the American Flag. The passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503 and S. 1915) would put in place a permanent and immediate ban on both the slaughter of horses in the U.S. and the exportation of live horses for slaughter abroad.
Now that you know, make your voice be heard. Join Bo Derek, Ken Wahl, Jennifer Pryor, The Barbi Twins, my family, and a host of others on Capitol Hill on Sept. 5th, 2006 to support the bill that will be introduced and voted on that day. Call or write your representatives today, and tell your friends and neighbors to do the same. Please go to www.saplonline.org/horses.htm.
It's time for the cowboys to stand up for the horses.
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