Anti-slaughter provision gets backing of key US House committee

“A key provision which keeps the horse slaughter industry from operating in the United States has been supported by the powerful House Appropriations Committee.”

A key provision which keeps the horse slaughter industry from operating in the United States has been supported by the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

The committee this week voted to adopt an amendment to the agriculture appropriations bill that would bar spending by the US Department of Agriculture to inspect horse slaughterhouses.

Such inspections are legally required in the US for horse abattoirs to process meat for human consumption, meaning the spending ban would make it impossible for the industry to operate.

The amendment was offered by Reps Sam Farr (D–Calif) and Charlie Dent (R–Pa). It was passed by a vote of 25-23.

A similar amendment is expected to be considered in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The Humane Society of the United States is urging both chambers to pass the measure and prevent the use of American tax dollars for what it calls a cruel practice.

The society’s chief operating officer, Michael Markarian, described the horse slaughter industry as a predatory and inhumane enterprise.

 

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
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