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Congressional ag spending bill has no ban on federal horse plant inspection

Good news – for now – for supporters of humane treatment of horses, and supporters of humane horse processing plants:

The U.S. House-Senate Conference Committee report on the FY2012 agricultural spending bill does not contain language prohibiting spending federal dollars to inspect U.S. horse processing plants. This is the first time in several years the spending bill did not contain that prohibition. The House version of the FY2012 spending bill did contain the prohibition, while the Senate version did not; and the Nov. 14 final Conference Committee report omitted the House language.

The Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) again thanks all the members who contacted their Washington lawmakers about this issue. Washington observers point out, however, that groups opposed to horse slaughter, like the Humane Society of the United States, will not give up in this battle.

There’s been considerable interest, by various states and tribes, in the re-opening of horse processing plants, and regulations will need to be finalized to permit fee-based inspections in those plants.

Good news – for now – for supporters of humane treatment of horses, and supporters of humane horse processing plants:

The U.S. House-Senate Conference Committee report on the FY2012 agricultural spending bill does not contain language prohibiting spending federal dollars to inspect U.S. horse processing plants. This is the first time in several years the spending bill did not contain that prohibition. The House version of the FY2012 spending bill did contain the prohibition, while the Senate version did not; and the Nov. 14 final Conference Committee report omitted the House language.

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The Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) again thanks all the members who contacted their Washington lawmakers about this issue. Washington observers point out, however, that groups opposed to horse slaughter, like the Humane Society of the United States, will not give up in this battle.

There’s been considerable interest, by various states and tribes, in the re-opening of horse processing plants, and regulations will need to be finalized to permit fee-based inspections in those plants.

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