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The President and Congress Come Together to Halt Plans for Horse Slaughter in U.S.

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 5:30pm
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The message is clear: Our nation’s leaders agree that horses deserve protection from slaughter. Both the U.S. House and Senate included a provision in the just-signed omnibus spending bill that prohibits the use of tax dollars to inspect facilities that slaughter horses for human consumption. The same measure was recommended by President Obama in his draft budget early last year.

Since federal law requires meat-processing plants that conduct business across state lines to be inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this inspection ban effectively prohibits horse slaughter in the United States.

The ASPCA would like to thank our humane allies in the House and Senate for their hard work to include this language--particularly Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Reps. Jim Moran (D-VA) and the late Bill Young (R-FL). Their tireless efforts, along with the support of advocates all across the country, made this victory possible.

“I am relieved that horse slaughter is now banned in the United States, protecting the American public from the very serious health and safety risks posed by horse meat. Slaughtering horses is inhumane, disgusting and unnecessary, and there is no place for it in the United States. I appreciate Senator Graham's partnership to ban this cruel practice, keep our food supply safe and save taxpayer dollars,” Senator Landrieu said upon the spending bill’s Senate passage. “I appreciate ASPCA’s continued efforts to inform the public about the dangers of horse slaughter.”

Our work isn’t done yet. Congress needs to maintain this growing momentum and swiftly pass the SAFE Act, permanently closing the loophole that still allows horses to be exported for slaughter. Horse slaughter is inhumane, whether here or abroad, and a lasting end to this reckless practice is the only just solution.

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Jessica

Try to stop horse fighting to. The force them to fight in a ring, and the loser is killed and the meat is feed to the crowd.

Suzanne Moore

There is no horse fighting in the US.

JC

Horses should be protected. For years they have always been dedicated to the human race. They deserve so much more!

Anonymous

I am glad that this has been banned for a year. Me as a horse lover and equestrian would not like to see horses end up in the slaughter house when they can be used for so much more.

tina

Banning the transport of horses across our boarder will surely slow down the number of horses going to slaughter. It wont completely stop it. The true root of the whole problem remains to be over breeding and irresponsible ownership. Breeders should be held to a higher standard of licensing and inspection and owners should be held accountable for the care of their animals. Nurse mares should be outlawed. Selling a poorly maintained or untrained horse to a kill buyer is like rewarding bad behavior. They make money instead of buying feed or having a vet treat or humanely euthanize. For the public, education is the key to action! Learn the facts!