I just came across your website and wanted to reach out and thank you for all you have been doing to raise awareness about the welfare of horses. My name is Chris Heyde and I am head of government affairs for the Animal Welfare Institute in Washington, DC. AWI started the national effort to end horse slaughter back in 2001 and has been leading the effort ever since.
We are going to be meeting with your federal legislator, Rep. Bonamici, which is how we learned about your work. That was perfect timing because we are asking her to cosponsor HR 1094, the Safeguard American Food Export (SAFE) Act to ban horse slaughter. We will also be reaching out to others from your state on the issue.
If you ever come to Washington, DC and are interested in meeting with legislators please let me know. I would be happy to set some things up for you.
Keep up the good work and thanks again!
CHRIS HEYDE, Deputy Director
Government and Legal Affairs
ANIMAL WELFARE INSTITUTE
900 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20003