A Congressman from Pennsylvania has slammed the decision of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve federal inspections for a proposed horse slaughterhouse in New Mexico.
“I am deeply troubled by the USDA’s decision to allow an American company to resume the brutal and unnecessary practice of horse slaughter,” Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick said.
Fitzpatrick was referring to the approval given to Valley Meat Co for its plant near Roswell. A second company has since been given approval.
The congressman said the USDA’s decision flew in the face of both his constituents and congressional opinion.
“Horse slaughter has been banned across the nation since 2006, and a reversal of that ban fails to address the safety and humane concerns of exporting horse meat for human consumption.
“As an animal rights advocate on Capitol Hill, I will do everything within my power to work with animal rights organizations and like-minded lawmakers to reverse this decision. This is a non-partisan issue. We can all agree: there is no place for horse slaughter in the US.”
The USDA has indicated in a statement that it has no choice but to grant approval for the federal inspections if all conditions were met.
Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the US House of Representatives.
He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district, and serves as the vice-chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.