Congress released an omnibus spending bill Wednesday that extends the defunding of horse slaughter.
The language prevents the establishment of horse slaughter plants on U.S. soil. The agreement blocks funding for USDA inspectors to preside over domestic based horse slaughter facilities through fiscal year 2016.
Similar language was secured in nine of the last 11 year-end agriculture spending bills, but the measure was in jeopardy this year, according to the Humane Society of the United States. The bill reiterates federal standards that oppose sending wild horses to slaughter in any country.
The bill goes before the House and Senate later this week.
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