New bill will end horse slaughter in the United States
by Megan Thompson
Categories: Animals, Causes.

The opening of horse slaughterhouses across the United States has been stopped in its tracks. According to the funding bill just released by the U.S. Congress, no amount of the country’s more than one trillion tax dollars will be used to fund the inspection of newly-built slaughterhouses. This means that, without the necessary inspections and certifications, no slaughterhouse will be able to legally open and begin killing horses for human consumption.

This decision should bring a sigh of relief to most of the country as polls show that 80% of Americans are opposed to horse slaughter.

The ASPCA and other animal rights groups have worked tirelessly to win votes in the House and Senate and amend the Agriculture Appropriations bill to prohibit funding for horse slaughterhouse inspections. The amendments are currently intact in the bill and up for review, but it is fully expected that both chambers will pass the bill as-is and that the President will sign it into law later this week.

Animal rights activists are urging Congress to take a final step to protect horses and pass the Safeguard American Food Exports Act. This act will ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the U.S., as well as halt its export for human consumption in other countries.

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About Megan Thompson

Megan is a healthy living and natural beauty advocate who is obsessed with sustainable gardening, food politics, human rights and animal protection. An L.A. native, she loves staying on top of the latest pop culture news and green lifestyle trends. When she is not writing, she loves going to the beach, hula hooping and working on upcycling projects.

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  • Shane

    thank you Megan Thompson for your clear summary of what now needs to be done to help abolish the horse slaughter trade in both the United States as well as Canada and Mexico. Passage of the SAFE Act is of paramount importance before the momentum fades away from this great effort by many groups and individuals to realize defunding of horse slaughter in the United States. Particularly we need more co-sponsors in the Senate for S.541 so if anyone reading this can contact your Senator and urge them to sign on it would be very helpful ! Also, please do not forget the plight of the wild horses being held in BLM holding pens as the result of an unnecessary and brutal round-up, based on the myth of their overpopulating: one promoted by the pro horse slaughter fringe group who had planned to funnel them into U.S. slaughterhouses.

    • dk

      Well stated, Shane!