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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