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Congress Slashes Horse Slaughter Funding

The Senate passed a spending bill that includes a provision cutting funding for inspections at U.S. horse slaughterhouses.
Many are applauding the passage and await the legislation to be signed into law by President Obama. “We Americans care for horses, we ride horses, and we even put them to work. But we don’t eat horses in the United States. And we shouldn’t be gathering them up and slaughtering them for people to eat in far-off places,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States.
The law will forbid spending by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for inspections at U.S. horse slaughter plants resulting in a a ban of domestic horse slaughter for the fiscal year.
Horse slaughter ended in 2007 domestically after funding was cut. Funding was put back in place in 2011, and operations in New Mexico, Iowa, and Missouri have been struggling against lawsuits to open since that time.