US Anti-Slaughter Bill to be Reintroduced

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The Western Producer – Canada/ Posted  by Robert Arnason

Reaction when told the news!

Reaction when told the news!

American politicians, animal welfare groups and horse lovers are expected to introduce a bill to the U.S. Congress this week that could, effectively, shut down horse slaughter plants in Canada.

Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, a Republican congressman from Pennsylvania and a Democrat from Illinois, are expected to introduce federal legislation March 13 that will ban the killing of horses for human consumption and prohibit the transport of horses across the U.S. border for slaughter.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) support the legislation.

The bill is a response to a company that wants to open a horse slaughter plant in New Mexico, the HSUS said in a news release.

“If approved, Valley Meat Company LLC will be the first facility in the U.S. to slaughter horses for human consumption since 2007,” the HSUS said.

The company has applied to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide inspection services for the plant. The agency is processing the application.

In late February the New York Times reported the USDA was expected to approve the request, sometime in the next two months. Valley Meat claims that under the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the USDA must provide inspectors for all applicable species under the act, including horses.

“It is astonishing that we may see the resumption of horse slaughter on U.S. soil while Europe is still reeling from a horse meat scandal,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive officer of HSUS. “Have we not learned anything about the industry’s deception in Europe and the turmoil it has caused?”

If voted into law the bill would cut off a supply of horses to Canadian horse slaughter plants in Fort Macleod, Alta., and Massueville, Que.

Since 2007, when the U.S. government cut off funding for horse slaughter inspections and the governments of Illinois and Texas shut down plants in those states, U.S. horse buyers began shipping animals to Canada for slaughter.

More than 160,000 American horses are exported each year for slaughter, mostly to Canada and Mexico, the HSUS said.

In an editorial on the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada website, a group that supports horse slaughter, James Laws, Canadian Meat Council executive director, said Canada exported $83 million worth of horsemeat in 2011.

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
6 Comments
  • I pray this bill passes and soon.

    March 12, 2013
  • BlessUsAll

    Talk about deceptive advertising: the name “Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada” is just the opposite of its intent and its actions.

    Sure enough, darkness (in the form of lies, lies, and more lies) abounds before truth dawns on the scene (Sen. Landrieu’s bill, which MUST pass both chambers this time around). It’s time.

    March 12, 2013
  • I remember a guy say to me when I first moved to the state of Kentucky loooking for another horse to bye, and somehow we got talking about the slaughter of horses ( I bought a horse from him) and he wanted it back in the US you want to know why becasuse he said it is hurting his business of buying and selling horses since the slaughter stopped. Imagine that he said he couldn’t find any good horses any more?? Well, needless to say I was so mad listening to him BUT you see that is what is happening everyone that wants this slaughter is for profit NOT for the poor horses obviuosly!! I so hope this bill passes, what are the chances?? I am not sure if they are good because I think that is what a lot of our gov. wants, be an easy fix for BLM wouldn’t it!?!? Makes me sick thinking about it!!! So I will hope and pray that it WILL happen and try to think positive!!

    March 12, 2013
    • Besides that, Debbie, he was lying about slaughter “going away.” Never, not for one day was the “option” of slaughter lost. We have always sent thousands of our horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter, so we just continued to do so. The Canadian and Mexican Kill buyers were more than happy to take up the slack. That’s one lie they really need to table.

      I don’t really know about chances of passage, but I do know that the Obama Administration is backing banning US horse slaughter.

      March 12, 2013
  • Connie Nelson

    We don’t want horse slaughter businesses. They are horrible, dirty, bloody, torture factories. All for meat the is inedible to be sent overseas to unsuspecting people. Horses need to be rehomed or let run wild on the public land we pay taxes for.

    March 12, 2013
  • shirley smith

    The public would not want their tax dollars used for horse slaughter when the money is needed for so many other important issues. As Americans don’t eat horses and the meat is toxic. Horses are not raised for food for human consumption with all the drugs (BUTE) that we have to give them when they are sick!

    March 12, 2013