Slaughter-blocking provision clears another hurdle

American horses held in export pens in Texas and New Mexico before transported to slaughter in Mexico. © Kathy Milani/The HSUS
American horses held in export pens in Texas and New Mexico before transported to slaughter in Mexico. © Kathy Milani/The HSUS

The US Senate Appropriations Committee has backed a provision that, if enacted into law, could halt any efforts to resume slaughtering horses for human consumption on American soil.

An identical amendment was passed by the House Appropriations Committee last week.

The amendment to the agriculture appropriations bill, offered by Senators Mary Landrieu, D-La. and Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., and approved by the committee by voice vote, disallows spending by the US Department of Agriculture on inspections at prospective horse slaughter plants in the 2014 fiscal year, effectively preventing any from opening.

A similar spending bar put in place in 2005 was not renewed in 2011, allowing for horse slaughter plants to reopen in the US. There are no horse slaughter facilities currently operating in the US, but the agriculture department confirms it had received at least six applications from prospective abattoirs, and several are close to being approved.

The chief executive and president of the Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle, said: “The idea of slaughtering horses for human consumption will never gain traction here — Americans’ abiding appreciation for horses, and our debt to these animals for their service, will triumph over the idea of making a profit on these animals by the pound.

“The House and Senate appropriations committees have spoken, and we look forward to seeing this spending prohibition on horse slaughter inspections adopted into law.”

President Barack Obama’s proposed 2014 budget included a request for Congress to prevent tax dollars from supporting horse slaughter.


2 thoughts on “Slaughter-blocking provision clears another hurdle

  • June 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I support those in office who support the ban on horse slaughter. They are wise to defund this horrible abuse of animals, protect people from the adulterated meats in all countries and put the horse industry back on its own two feet, starting with renewed responsibility. I for one support any and all who support this tradition in improving America and protecting the animals of the world. We are responsible for making sure our tax dollars are being utilized in the proper way in order to balance the budget. One dollar wasted in this predatory industry allows defective measures putting meat that is unsafe into the hands of foreign consumers. We are to protect our neighbors table as we are to protect ours, so defunding is the most rationale and sensible ideal that any politician can forsee. I am sure that getting re-elected is important and when you see that 80 percent of people oppose this it goes to show the voters will be behind those that worked to stop this predatory practice. I am a horse owner, trainer, rescuer, and have been there and done that in the industry-I know that we have to draw a line in the sand somewhere… for the better balanced budget, protection of the horse, and the welfare of the people around the world who consume meat its best to BAN this and keep everyone man, woman, and child safe. Petition to Overturn the Legalization of the Slaughter of Horses for Human Consumption on Change.Org under animals. Always time to sign-get your voice heard. Call your Senators today. And remember who votes pro-slaughter that way you know to ask all the right questions of who they will be up against in the next Senate race-we might need to vote for more amiable people. Remember, Shout it from the Rooftops, We will NOT take NO for answer! Stop Horse Slaughter!

  • June 21, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    This is a piece of good news. Thanks for printing it.


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